Lead in Home Remedies



CAUTION!  Home remedies may help some people.  However, some of these home remedies contain lead and can make you sick.

THESE HOME REMEDIES CONTAIN LEAD AND CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS!

  • Azarcon: a bright orange powder, also known as Ruedo, Corol, Maria Luiso, Alarcon, Ligo
  • Greta: a yellow powder
  • Both Azarcon and Greta are given for "empacho" (stomach illness).
  • Both Azarcon and Greta are almost 100% lead. Any amount is poisonous to children and adults.


Why is Lead Dangerous?
Lead poisoning can cause damage to the kidneys, nervous system, and brain. Children have suffered permanent brain damage and even died from the use of Azarcon and Greta. Children with lead poisoning usually do not look or act sick. When they do show signs of lead poisoning, their symptoms can be very much like a stomach ache.  The symptoms of lead poisoning include tiredness, sleeplessness, stomachache, and vomiting.
 
What can I do if I've taken or have given my child a home remedy that contains lead?
You should seek medical attention immediately. Call your doctor, clinic, or local health department for more information or for help with treatment for lead poisoning.  Ask your health department for information on free test kits to determine if lead is in your home remedy.

You can also call the California Poison Control hotline at 1-800-222-1222.  Phones are answered 24 hours/day to help in an emergency. 

Testing your children
Children ages 9 months through 6 years are at greatest risk for lead poisoning. Most children with lead poisoning don't look or act sick.  Ask your doctor to do a blood lead test, and to explain the results to you.  This test is the only sure way to know if your child is being poisoned.  No amount of lead in a child's body is considered safe. 

If you have Medi-Cal, your doctor or clinic can order a blood test to check for lead poisoning.  Many private health insurance policies will also cover the cost of the blood test.  Your child may qualify for free health examinations through the your local Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program.  To find out if your child is eligible, call your local health department.  For Sacramento County residents, call the local CHDP office at (916) 875-7151. 

CAUTION!  THESE HOME REMEDIES ALSO CONTAIN LEAD AND CAN MAKE YOU VERY SICK

Hmong community:
Pay-loo-ah: a red powder given for rash or fever.
 
Asian Indian community:
Ghasard: a brown powder given as an aid to digestion
Bala Goli: a round, flat, black bean dissolved in 'gripe water" and used for stomachache
Kandu: a red powder used to treat stomachache

Arab American community:
Kohl (AL kohl): a powder used both as a cosmetic eye make-up and applied to skin infections and the navel of a newborn child.






 
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