Is mercury poisoning serious?

Mercury poisoning is an extremely serious condition. Mercury is a neurotoxin and can cause permanent damage to the human nervous system. Prolonged exposure can also cause damage the digestive system, kidneys, and lungs and can lead to death. Mercury poisoning is particularly dangerous to developing fetuses, nursing babies, and young children. Although many cases of mercury poisoning are temporary and resolve themselves without permanent damage, the symptoms are still uncomfortable. They range from nausea, chest constriction, and eye irritation to skin rashes and headaches.

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