Chemical Exposure Testing Using a Variety of Advanced Tests

First Med Immediate Medical Care offers chemical exposure testing at our Glendale and Flushing, NY, offices. These exams benefit a variety of professionals in the construction industry, shipyard employment sector, and many general industry companies. We offer thorough, accurate tests that can detect the presence of lead, asbestos, and various other harmful substances. If you believe that you have been exposed to dangerous chemicals, it is important to obtain testing as soon as possible. If you are suffering from chemical exposure, a timely diagnosis can limit the effects on your overall health. In addition, these tests can reveal unsafe practices at your workplace and protect other employees from similar harm.

Photo of man in medical office with doctor

Who Needs Chemical Exposure Testing?

Individuals may require a chemical exposure test if they work in a variety of industrial fields, including:

  • Construction
  • Shipyard employment
  • Painting
  • Lab work
  • Oil field workers
  • The manufacture and distribution of pesticides

Additionally, chemical exposure tests may be appropriate for war veterans and hurricane victims who may have been exposed to mold or mycotoxin.

When Should You Seek Testing?

Your employer may schedule regular tests to ensure workplace safety if you work in a hazardous environment. In other cases, you may need to undergo testing in the event of an accident, such as a chemical spill or leak. In still other situations, testing may be appropriate if you exhibit symptoms of chemical exposure, despite usually safe working conditions.

Harmful chemicals can enter the body through the skin, lungs, and eyes. In rarer cases, they can be ingested through food. As a result, the signs of exposure can vary. Symptoms will also depend on the type of chemical exposure, the duration, and the amount to which you were exposed. In the early stages, effects are often mild and mimic those of common, minor illnesses. Signs can include fatigue, fever, nausea, headaches, and sore throat. However, if exposure to the chemicals continues, symptoms will gradually grow worse. Eventually, they could include:

  • Muscle pain and spasms
  • Joint pain
  • Back pain
  • Numbness in the hands and feet
  • Loss of vision
  • Brain fog
  • Muscle degradation
  • Erosion of dental enamel
  • Bone loss
  • Bodily tremors
  • Hair loss
  • Excess menstrual bleeding
  • And many others
If you are suffering from chemical exposure, a timely diagnosis can limit the effects on your overall health.

What Happens during Chemical Exposure Testing?

There are various types of chemical exposure tests, depending on your particular situation and the substances you are most likely to have encountered. Blood tests are one of the most common options. However, in many cases, by the time you notice the symptoms of exposure, very small amounts of chemicals actually remain in your blood stream. Instead, they have reached your liver or kidneys, where your body will attempt to break them down and excrete them. Therefore, urine tests can also be a helpful diagnostic tool. 

The chemical exposure tests we perform look for the presence of many different substances, such as:

  • Lead
  • Asbestos
  • Manganese
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Mercury
  • Arsenic
  • Methylene chloride
  • And many others

Why Choose First Med for Your Testing?

Often, blood and urine counts will be relatively normal following chemical exposure. Therefore, standard clinical tests may not be entirely accurate. Fortunately, at First Med, we offer a range of specialized tests that can provide more precise results. Our practice is approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and we are familiar with all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Therefore, we fully understand industrial hazards and environments. If needed, we can refer you to a specialist for appropriate care.

Protect Your Health

If you believe that you may have been exposed to harmful chemicals, or if you simply need a routine test, contact our office today to book an appointment. The earlier you seek treatment, the better chance we have to help you prevent serious, long-term health issues.