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What are the symptoms of mercury poisoning?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

The following are symptoms of mercury poisoning:

- Difficulty thinking or concentrating;

- Tremors;

- Fatigue;

- Insomnia;

- Hair loss;

- Muscle and joint pain;

- Unsteady gait;

- Numbness in fingers and toes.

Even if you don't have these symptoms, mercury can still do you harm. It is the second-most-toxic agent next to plutonium, so experts recommend minimizing it as much as possible in your diet.

Mercury poisoning may cause a variety of symptoms. For instance, you may experience digestive problems like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea as well as high blood pressure and an irritating feeling in your eyes as a result of over-exposure to mercury vapor. These symptoms often disappear when the source of mercury contamination is removed. Permanent symptoms of serious mercury poisoning may include brain damage, developmental delay, cognitive impairments, vision problems, hearing or memory loss, tremors, and behavioral problems.

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