Is direct contact of skin with liquid mercury a cause for concern?

Posted on Mon, 15 Jun 2015 in Head Injuries
Question: I. broke a thermo meter and I touched one of the silver dots of mercury spill. I did not feel any changes and I cleaned my hands thoroughly. there will be any side effects? how do I clean the area. thermometer fell down from the cot and broken in to piece s.
Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar 33 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Unlikely to get any side effects.

Detailed Answer:

Thanks for your query

I'm Dr Sudhir Kumar

I have gone through your query and understand your concern. You have touched mercury by intact skin and washed hands thoroughly so you are unlikely to get any side effects.You should wash hand thoroughly with soap and water. Mercury should not come in contact with food and eating items and drinking water etc.

Hope your query get answered. If you have any clarification then I will be happy to help you.

Wishing you a good health.
Take care.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Shanthi.E
Follow up: Dr. Sudhir Kumar 22 minutes later
I washed my hands thoroughly and moped the floor with plain water. would like to know there will be any poisoning caused through inhaling the air in the room. worried because my 8 months old baby was sleeping in the room. the room was well ventilated
Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar 7 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Unlikely to be poisoning by inhalation.

Detailed Answer:

It is unlikely to be poisoning by inhalation as mercury is in liquid form and not in vapour form in thermometer.
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Wishing you good health
Take care

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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Dr. Sudhir Kumar

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