Mercury Poisoning

Mercury poisoning is known as toxicity of the body caused due to consumption of excess mercury. Mercury is a toxic metal available in different forms in the environment. Consumption of excess methyl mercury or organic mercury from intake of seafood causes mercury poisoning in the body. The symptoms are a metallic taste on the mouth, numbness and tingling observed in the face, hands, and feet. Eating more fiber foods helps in the excretion of mercury from the body through feces.

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Is there any increased consumption of water in chronic mercury poisoning?

Query: Hi doctor, In the case of chronic mercury poisoning, is there an increased consumption of water? The same question, for chronic fluoride poisoning. Please guide.  Read Full »

Dr. Arul Amuthan L

Answer: Hi,Welcome to chronic mercury poisoning, it binds and stops the functions of SH (sulfhydryl-containing enzymes). It also gets deposited and causes cellular toxicity.If the toxic pathology happens in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT), then the patient feels burning inflammatory sensatio...  Read Full »

What is the possibility of mercury poisoning by eating skipjack tuna daily?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been eating two cans of skipjack tuna every day for the past seven days. I just now read that tuna contains more methylmercury. So, I stopped eating it immediately. How much mercury could have been built up in my body? Will this lead to mercury poisoning? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Arul Amuthan L

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The industrial wastes are finally accumulated in the sea; hence, marine meats (fish) contain mercury. The mercury level in fish depends on the mercurial content in the ocean where the fish was living. Therefore the mercury level in the fish will vary from country to...  Read Full »

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