The main step is to stay away from whatever made you sick so you don’t make the problem worse. Your doctor can help you figure out how to protect yourself.
Sometimes you might need to have your stomach pumped to get the metals out.
If your poisoning is serious, one treatment option is chelation. You get drugs, usually through an IV needle, that go into your blood and “stick” to the heavy metals in your body. They then get flushed out with your pee.
Chelation can be an important part of treatment. But the therapy can be dangerous, and it doesn’t work with all heavy metals. So doctors use it only if you have high levels of the metal and clear symptoms of poisoning.
Unproven Tests and Treatments for Heavy Metal Poisoning
Experts say that heavy metal poisoning is rare. But lots of websites claim it’s common and blame it, without proof, for all sorts of health problems. Many businesses sell unreliable tests and expensive or even dangerous treatments.
Hair analysis or chelation challenge tests (“provoked urine” tests): They’re inaccurate. They can’t tell you if you’re sick or need treatment.
Over-the-counter chelation treatments: These are not approved by the FDA, may not be safe, and there’s no evidence that they work.
If you think you have heavy metal poisoning, don’t try to diagnose it or treat it on your own. See your doctor instead.