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Mercury Poisoning

by Deepak Subedi | 12-01-2019 00:31 recommendations 0

Mercury poisoning

Mercury poisoning refers to toxicity from mercury consumption. Mercury is a type of toxic metal that comes in different forms within the environment. The most common cause of mercury poisoning is from consuming too much methyl mercury or organic mercury, which is linked to eating seafood.

Small amounts of mercury are present in everyday foods and products, which may not affect your health. Too much mercury, however, can be poisonous. Mercury itself is naturally occurring, but the amounts in the environment have been on the rise from industrialization. The metal can make its way into soil and water, and eventually to animals like fish.

Consuming foods with mercury is the most common cause of this type of poisoning. Children and unborn babies are the most vulnerable to the effects of mercury poisoning. We can help prevent toxicity by limiting your exposure to this potentially dangerous metal.

Symptoms of mercury poisoning

Mercury is most notable for its neurological effects. In general, the US food and drug administration say that too much mercury can cause:

·         anxiety

·         depression

·         irritability

·         memory problems

·         numbness

·         pathological shyness

·         tremors

More often, mercury poisoning builds up over time. However, a sudden onset of any of these symptoms could be a sign of acute toxicity.

Mercury poisoning symptoms in adults

Adults with advanced mercury poisoning might experience:

·         hearing and speech difficulties

·         lack of coordination

·         muscle weakness

·         nerve loss in hands and face

·         trouble walking

·         vision changes

Mercury poisoning symptoms in children and infants

Mercury poisoning can also disrupt fetal and early childhood development. Infants and young children who’ve been exposed to high levels of mercury may have delays in:

·         cognition

·         fine motor skills

·         speech and language development

·         visual-spatial awareness

Mercury poisoning from fish

Methyl mercury (organic mercury) poisoning is largely linked to eating seafood, mainly fish. Toxicity from fish has two causes:

·         eating certain types of mercury-containing fish

·         eating too much fish

Fish get mercury from the water they live in. All types of fish contain some amount of mercury. Larger types of fish can have higher amounts of mercury because they prey on other fish that have mercury too.

Sharks and swordfish are among the most common of these. Bigeye tuna, marlin, and king mackerel also contain high levels of mercury.

It’s also possible to develop mercury poisoning from eating too much seafood. In small amounts, the following types of fish are okay to eat once or twice per week:

·         albacore tuna

·         anchovies

·         catfish

·         grouper

·         pollock

·         salmon

·         shrimp

·         snapper

Other causes

Other causes of mercury poisoning can be environmental or from exposure to other forms of the metal. These include:

·         broken fever thermometers

·         “silver” dental fillings

·         certain types of jewelry

·         mining for gold, and household gold extraction

·         Skin care products (Those made in the United States don’t usually contain mercury.)

·         exposure to toxic air in industrialized communities

·         CFL bulb breakage

 

 

 
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12 Comments

  • Hema Sapkota says :
    Greetings Deepak
    I hope you are doing well!
    Thank you so much for this report!
    Keep writing
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Hema
    Posted 22-03-2020 11:02

Basanta Adhikari

  • Basanta Adhikari says :
    Greetings deepak
    I hope you are doing well

    Thank you so much for this report.
    I hope to read more from you.
    Keep up with great works
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Basanta
    Posted 16-03-2020 04:11

  • Deepak Subedi says :
    Hello Rosa
    Thank you for your comment :)
    Posted 06-02-2019 22:50

  • Rosa Domingos says :
    Hey Deepak!

    I remember back when I was in varsity, I studied and compiled a report based on mercury, it's physical and chemical properties, how it can have different chemical molecular structures and the negative effects in causes in humans and in fish.

    It is very important that one is careful when consuming different fish types. And as you have mentioned in your report, they are a number of symptoms that exposes Mercury poisoning.

    You report is well written and you made it readable and understandable! Thank you for report Deepak!

    Yours sincerely
    Rosa Domingos!
    Posted 24-01-2019 17:04

  • Deepak Subedi says :
    Hello
    Gyeongrin mentor, Namaste
    I hope you are fine and healthy there
    Yes mentor we must raise awareness among people about mercury poisoning around industrial areas,
    Thank You for your comment.
    Posted 15-01-2019 19:26

  • Deepak Subedi says :
    Hello
    Joon Ho Mentor
    Namaste
    i hope you are fine
    thank you for adding about Minamata disease,
    Thank you for your comment
    i really like how you inspire us with your every comment.
    Posted 15-01-2019 19:21

  • Gyeongrin mentor says :
    Hello Deepak
    A leak of toxic into our streams is something that should be prevented with big awareness.
    It is because the spill doesn't vanish and circulated within the food chain, accumulated.
    And as the report concentrated on the case of mercury, it really shows us that what results could be derived from the release of mercury into the biosystem and s us about the potential danger.
    Thanks for the report!
    Posted 15-01-2019 01:09

  • Joon Ho Mentor says :
    Hello Deepak, I heard about Minamata disease and this is in close relationship with mercury pollution and digestion since people who get this illness are allegedly known as they ate fish polluted by high level of mercury.
    This must be seriously taken since fish polluted of mercury 'is not a single fish' down there in the ocean, not knowing 'from where, how many, how come do fish get polluted of it'.
    Raising 'randomness of pollution in vast area', especially in 'the public' (ocean) is truly catastrophic.
    After Minamata disease's start in 1950s, it is not reported as that past in nowadays. However, illegal emission of mercury or any other heavy metal resources must be handled 'strictly' and 'banned' for the public.
    Thanks for your report!
    Posted 14-01-2019 22:47

  • Deepak Subedi says :
    Hello sandhya
    yes accumulation of mercury is hazardous to every living beings.
    Thank You for your comment.
    Posted 14-01-2019 20:33

  • Deepak Subedi says :
    Hello Kushal
    I hope you are well
    Thank You for this detailed comment about Mercury Poisoning,
    I hope this information help you to provoke your knowledge about Mercury Poisoning.
    Thank your for your comments.

    Posted 14-01-2019 20:32

Sandhya Adhikari

  • Sandhya Adhikari says :
    Bio accumulation on mercury is hazardous. It creates problem to all living organisms including humans.
    Posted 13-01-2019 02:11

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Mercury is a heavy metal that is highly toxic to humans. Consuming food that contains mercury is the most common cause of mercury poisoning. We must be careful on what we are consuming and always be health conscious.

    Methylmercury [CH3Hg] is the most toxic form. It affects the immune system, alters genetic and enzyme systems, and damages the nervous system, including coordination and the senses of touch, taste, and sight.

    Mercury is a persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic pollutant. When released into the environment,
    mercury accumulates in water laid sediments, is ingested by fish, and is passed up the food chain
    to humans. Mercury contamination is a significant public health and environmental problem.

    Thank you for your beautiful report Deepak Dai :) :) :)
    Keep up the great work and keep writing great reports :)
    Posted 12-01-2019 21:12

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