Whenever in contact with any forms of Mercury do not attempt to clean it up because it can cause serious help problems. However once airborne Elemental Mercury can damage lungs and cause death if too much has been breathed or inhaled. These Symptoms are very acute and will also occur over time (chronic) if little amounts are inhaled every day. Symptoms that Elemental Mercury may cause are as follows:
EFFECTS OF ELEMENTAL MERCURY
EFFECTS OF INORGANIC MERCURY
Unlike elemental mercury, inorganic mercury is usually poisonous when swallowed. Depending on the how much is swallowed, symptoms may cause:
- Burning in the stomach and throat
- Bloody diarrhea
If inorganic mercury enters your blood stream, it can attack the kidneys and brain. Permanent kidney damage and failure may occur. A large overdose may cause massive blood and fluid loss from diarrhea, kidney failure, and death.
EFFECTS OF ORGANIC MERCURY
Organic mercury can cause sickness if inhaled, eaten, or placed on the skin for long periods of time. Usually organic mercury causes problems over years or decades, not immediately. In other words, being exposed to small amounts of organic mercury every day for years will likely cause symptoms to appear later. Regardless, a single large exposure can also cause problems. Long-term exposure will likely cause neurological symptoms, including:
- Numbness or pain in certain parts of your skin
- Uncontrollable shake or tremor
- Inability to walk well
- Blindness and double vision
- Memory problems
- Seizures and death (with large exposures)
The Medical evidence A.D.A.M. has provided shows us being exposed to large amounts of the organic mercury called methyl mercury, while pregnant can permanently damage to the baby’s developing brain. Please be extremely cautious when choosing the right kinds of fish to feed to you and your family. Small exposures are unlikely to cause any problems. An finally if you have other concerns talk to your Doctor further before making any decision you are uncomfortable with.