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Ciguatera Fish Poisoning
Many ways: There are many environmental ways to be exposed to mercury and other heavy metals. Thermometers, switches, and some types of light bulbs. When coal is burned, mercury is released into the air. Mercury in the air eventually gets into water or falls to the land where it can be washed into water. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Small fish good: As a rule small fish contain less mercury and larger fish contain more. Do not eat shark, king mackerel, tilefish. Eat up to 12 onces (2 average meals) a week of fish or shellfish lower in mercury. Good low mercury fish are: shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, catfish, . Check local advisories (department of fish and wildlife) for mercury load in your area. ...Read more
I seem to have food poisoning - ate a warm fish/mayo sandwich yesterday. Cannot keep anything in. Help!
Drink lots of water: A warm fish and mayo sandwich? That was a bad idea :) You very likely do have true food poisoning which most often is from a toxin formed by the bacteria staph aureus, commonly present in warm mayo. This should pass in 24 hours. You can treat the nausea with medication (Rx ondansetron, Rx promethazine, OTC pepto) but it's best to let the diarrhea run it's course. Seek care if no improvement. ...Read more
I ate a tuna fish sandwich for lunch that was ablcoure white. And then ate a bug pice of talepea for dinner could I have gave myself mercury poisoning? What are the symptoms
Mercury poisoning : from what you had today, you will not develop mercury poisoning. But you are right, source for Mercury poisoning is from fish. Still very rare disease. Symptoms for Mercury poisoning are mostly neurological including sensory impairment, confusion, numbness and etc. it can lead to death. But today's consumption will unlikely lead to Mercury poisoning. ...Read more
Depends on person: Mervury poison is dependent on the amount of fish you plus your own ability or inability i excrete it. ...Read more
Yes: Many clinical studies have found that mercury is transferred to infants by nursing. That may not result in "poisoning" in the technical sense, but no level of mercury is truly safe for the developing infant brain! mercury has a devastating effect on developing brain. Search "minamata"by photographer, eugene smith, who documented the mercury poisoning of japanese village in 1950's - disturbing pics. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mecury in fish: Big eye & ahi tuna should be avoided due to high mercury level. Yellow fin & white albacore tuna intake should be limited. Skipjack & canned chunk light tuna have a lower amount of mercury. ***fish with very high potential mercury levels include: shark, swordfish, marlin, king mackerel, big eye & ahi tuna, orange roughy & tilefish. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood test: Best way to know is to have your blood tested for mercury. Please discuss your concerns with your doctor. ...Read more
Sushi contamination: People can get food poisoning from any fish that isn't fresh, just like they can get it from any food left out too long. Raw fish can also carry parasites, like raw meat can. That's why we learned to cook foods, one has to presume. Just googling sushi safety brings up salmonella and botulism reports. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/10/27/2-investigators-is-your-sushi-safe/. ...Read more
No sewage!: When you get food poisoning from raw seafood, it's usually from shellfish, such as oysters, that filter water that may be contaminated with sewage. That's not the case with fish used in sush, which swim around in the sea. However, you can sometimes get parasites, such as tapeworms, from sushi. As far as i'm concerned, it's worth the risk. ...Read more
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