Q. What are the side effects of barium poisoning?

Answered by
Dr. Abhishek Dixit
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 23, 2016 and last reviewed on: Nov 11, 2020

Hi doctor,

My barium level shows greater than 50. I do not drink or smoke. Currently, I am on Winolap for urticaria. I need some help on this. Thank you.



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  • Barium exposure can be increased if you are in constant exposure, which can occur through pollution also.
  • Do you work in a place where electronics are concerned or travel near factories? Have you been recently under radiological procedure like barium swallow?
  • The above are the potential sources. The pollution causing barium increase is coming up in a big way and so avoid the exposure.

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Thank you doctor,

I am working in an IT company. There is no factory nearby. But, my place is full of traffic. Will it cause any side effect? Should I follow any medicine?



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  • The common symptoms of barium poisoning include the following:
  1. Muscle weakness and tremors.
  2. Difficulty in breathing.
  3. Stomach irritations accompanied by diarrhea.
  4. Anxiety.
  5. Cardiac irregularities such as abnormally high blood pressure and rapid heartbeat.
  • If you feel any of the above symptoms, then take treatment for that.
  • Avoid environmental exposure and avoid eating fish that was caught near industrial sites. Ascertain that the fish and seafood you eat does not contain barium or any other heavy metal.

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Thank you doctor,

My cholesterol is 205 and it is hereditary as all my family members have high cholesterol. Even if I cut off dairy and non-vegetarian foods, it still stays 200. Is it necessary to take medicine to control it? Is it too high?



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • You are absolutely right and the cutoff limit of cholesterol is 200. What is your LDL and HDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein and high-density lipoprotein)?
  • The new guidelines suggest that LDL should be 70 and HDL should be 70 that is LDL 70 : HDL 70. But, it is very difficult to maintain.
  • At a cholesterol level of 205, I would suggest you to decrease fat in food and follow regular exercise. Avoid smoking and drinking, if you do.
  • If you have any other comorbidities like hypertension, diabetes or strong family history of heart disease, then I suggest a low dose of statin such as Atorvastatin 10 mg. Consult your doctor, discuss with him or her and take the medicine with consent.

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