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Why people drink more water in chronic mercury poisoning?

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Published At January 12, 2016
Reviewed AtJanuary 2, 2024

Patient's 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.

Answered by Dr. Arul Amuthan L

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

In 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 a burning inflammatory sensation in the GIT (gastrointestinal tract). In order to cool it, he consumes more water. This concept is mentioned in Indian Traditional Siddha Literature. But, no modern study is available on this concept. It also says that even a person becomes psychotic.

In chronic fluoride poisoning, there are no such symptoms as fluoride targets calcium sites like teeth and bones. It also has other effects on internal organs. Many geographical areas are contaminated or rich in mercury and fluoride. The groundwater (or drinking water) is rich in mercury or fluoride. The same water is used for agriculture. Thus, people tend to consume mercury and fluoride through drinking water and vegetables. Fish (from the mercury-contaminated sea) consumption also leads to mercury poisoning on a chronic basis.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Arul Amuthan L
Dr. Arul Amuthan L

Pharmacology

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