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Effects of mercury contamination - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Answered : 37 Questions
User :   hello
Doctor :   Hi.
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   what is cause of mercury in our body?
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   is it dangerous to touch "quick liquid silver or mercury
Doctor :   Are you talking about mercury contamination?
User :   yes sir
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   It could cause burns.
User :   what about if accidently taken inside?
User :   i mean 1milligram of mercury
User :   what is mercury salt?
Doctor :   the harm is more if it is inhaled
User :   u mean mercury is in form of liquid and if that is inhaled will cause problem?
Doctor :   If taken in large doses orally
Doctor :   it could cause bloody stools
Doctor :   due to damage to the inner lining of the stomach
User :   is it curable and how one can detect there is mercury in our body
Doctor :   A large amount of mercury should be consumed for that.
Doctor :   It would require gastric lavage in the casualty.
User :   is there any test?
User :   available
Doctor :   Blood mercury levels can be tested.
User :   sir out of 3 which one is more dangerous hazardous toxic to human kind
Doctor :   detection of mercury in the stuff taken if there is accidental contamination can be done
User :   lead or mercury or asbestos
Doctor :   mercury when taken in large amounts is corrosive
User :   i have heard there r many types of mercury
Doctor :   Lead and asbestos cause poisoning slowly.
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   Mercuric oxide
User :   i mean sir 3 category
User :   organic
User :   inorganic
User :   and another one is i dont know properly
Doctor :   yES.
Doctor :   Organic, Elemental
Doctor :   and inorganic
User :   ok
User :   so whatever be type of mercury its all dangerous to human
Doctor :   inorganic mercury is in the form of mercury salts
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   organic effects the gut
Doctor :   elemental is inhaled and affects the brain
User :   gut means?
User :   what r elemental type?
Doctor :   inorganic predominantly affects the kidney
Doctor :   Element is the mercury element.
User :   sir like one which we all can see in lab.......quick silver we call what is it?
User :   organic or inorganic
Doctor :   That is elemental mercury
Doctor :   the one found in BP machines
Doctor :   and thermometers
User :   even in bulbs
User :   right sir
Doctor :   I am not sure about bulbs
User :   ok
User :   whats are mercury salts and what is it used in?
Doctor :   anything else that you want to know about xxxxx?
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Mercury salts have lots of functions. They are used as pigments and artificial colours.
User :   ok
Doctor :   It is also used in batteries
User :   ok
User :   is it dangerous like elemental?
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   It is corrosive
User :   ok sir
Doctor :   and highly toxic
Doctor :   It affects kidney mainly.
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User :   sir if someone has been contimated or exposed to it can effect for long time and how it can detected?
Doctor :   Chronic mercury poisoning
Doctor :   occurs by food contamination
User :   can u tell me the precaution should be taken ?
Doctor :   there will be renal failure, brain damage
Doctor :   mercury allergy
User :   like sir suppose i have inhaled the mercury today.........will i be contaminated
Doctor :   that leads to fever, chills, breathlessness
Doctor :   lung damage
User :   so u mean if it exposed to one time it will severly effect?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   if in high dosage
User :   either be inhaled or orally taken
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   if in high dosage
User :   ok
Doctor :   Have you filled the feedback form which I have sent?
User :   yes sir
User :   i did
User :   thanks sir
User :   if i have any more doubts i will come again to contact u
Doctor :   sure
Doctor :   any time
User :   i gotta project regarding toxic wastes
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting Health care magic. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
User :   thanks sir
Doctor :   Ok.
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