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Doctor insights on: Elevated Mercury Levels

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Dr. Jeb Teichman
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Elevated Mercury Levels (Overview)

Elevated mercury level in a person is a condition in which a blood test result shows a high enough level to cause health concerns, or an even higher level, which could cause symptoms of mercury poisoning. Mercury is a naturally occurring element that has be added to our environment and our food chain by man's industries.


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What sort of disorder is an elevated mercury level?

What sort of disorder is an elevated mercury level?

Poisoing: Mercury is a toxic metal, especially in organic form. It can cause development problems in the fetus and children and neurologic disorders in adults. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeb Teichman
10 doctors shared insights

Elevated Mercury Levels (Overview)

Elevated mercury level in a person is a condition in which a blood test result shows a high enough level to cause health concerns, or an even higher level, which could cause symptoms of mercury poisoning. Mercury is a naturally occurring element that has be added to our environment and our food chain by man's industries.


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If you get elevated mercury levels, how do you feel?

If you get elevated mercury levels, how do you feel?

Varies: Mercury can be elemental, inorganic, or organic and symptoms change depending on type and if exposure was ingestion or inhalation. Inhaling elemental mercury (old thermometer, fluorescent lights) can cause difficulty breathing, vomiting, bleeding gums. Bloody diarrhea/vomiting, kidney and brain damage can occur from swallowing inorganic mercury (batteries, disinfectants). Organic mercury ... ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for elevated mercury levels?

What are the best treatments for elevated mercury levels?

Mercury treatment: Treatment of mercury toxicity consists of removal of the patient from the source of exposure, supportive care, and chelation therapy. Patients with cognitive and emotional sequelae may require psychotropic medications. ...Read more

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Used to eat a lot of fish my mercury levels were slightly elevated@10 does the body naturally detoxify mercury. I'm i at any risk.

Used to eat a lot of fish my mercury levels were slightly elevated@10 does the body naturally detoxify mercury. I'm i at any risk.

What lab?: Be very sure you know what lab is doing the assay. There are some disreputable labs in the "heavy metal" screening business that engage in non-evidence-based practices. The whole business of mercury in fish as contentious with much scaremongering -- one study showed kids in poor nations that ate more fish & had slightly more mercury were also smarter as (?) they got more protein. I wouldn't worry. ...Read more

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Can there be high levels of mercury in tuna?

Can there be high levels of mercury in tuna?

Yes: High levels of mercury as well as other toxins can be present in tuna and other fish species. We have to depend upon the government inspections to insure that our seafood we purchase and eat is contaminant free, or certainly at an acceptable level per established standards. ...Read more

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I had 2.5 oz of cooked ahi tuna. I later read ahi tuna is on the "avoid list" due to its higher Mercury level. Is my baby ok? Can i fix it?

I had 2.5 oz of cooked ahi tuna. I later read ahi tuna is on the "avoid list" due to its higher Mercury level. Is my baby ok? Can i fix it?

Stop worrying: There is no actual evidence that any baby has ever been harmed by mercury in fish apart from two tragic pollution disasters. These recommendations are subscientific and are best guesses to allay public fears. In two overseas studies, kids eating fish like this actually did better than others. Comply from now on and keep being a good mother. ...Read more

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Is there a way to keep mercury levels low in someone who eats shark regularly? This would be a precautionary measure. I've read that se binds to hg

Is there a way to keep mercury levels low in someone who eats shark regularly? This would be a precautionary measure. I've read that se binds to hg

Agree w Dr. Baker: There is more to worry about than just mercury. There is a significant health risk in ingesting shark. It is a predator fish with of high levels of bmaa (neurotoxin), arsenic & methylmercury. ...Read more

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How could i reduce the mercury level in my blood?

How could i reduce the mercury level in my blood?

Chelation: There is a drug called dmsa that you can get from your doctor. It is also known from animal studies that vitamin b1 in large doses removes mercury via the bile. Thus the excreted mercury can be found in the stools. ...Read more

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Could high mercury levels cause histamine and sulfur intolerance?

Could high mercury levels cause histamine and sulfur intolerance?

Need more specifics: What do you mean by "histamine and sulfur intolerance"? Do you know that you have high mercury levels? You evidently have a source of medical care for several conditions. Best to consult your own doc with complex questions. Sorry can't be of more help. ...Read more

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If an electrician is exposed to high levels of mercury and becomes ill, how do doctors detect it if the blood levels are no longer high?

If an electrician is exposed to high levels of mercury and becomes ill, how do doctors detect it if the blood levels are no longer high?

Difficult: Detecting mercury is most reliable from blood or urine, but fades a few days after last exposure. Hair testing is long-term positive, but is a test not standardized, and is not helpful for inorganic (elemental) mercury if that is the type of exposure implied for this case...it is best for organic mercury from seafood. Read more: http://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/mercury/tab/test/ ...Read more

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Can the effects of mercury poisoning be reversed? Just found out my level was high. Artist.

Many can: Yes, using chelation therapy and bal (dimercaprol). Make sure that you really have mercury poisoning by getting confirmation from your internist. For more information start here: http://www.Emedicinehealth.Com/mercury_poisoning/article_em.Htm. ...Read more

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What happens if someone was exposed to mercury vapors 2 days ago and he wants to check the mercury level in his blood..?

What happens if someone was exposed to mercury vapors 2 days ago and he wants to check the mercury level in his blood..?

Is it needed?: What form of mercury vapor were you exposed to? For how long was the exposure? Do you have any symptoms?. What will you do with the results? A laboratory can do the test if your doctor orders it. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the cure for low level mercury poisoning?

Please help! what is the cure for low level mercury poisoning?

Cure Hg poisoning: No cure. But need more details. Report to your Dr. Beware of practitioners using hair analysis etc. Need 24 hour urine collections done in good lab. ...Read more

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What is a safe amount of fish to consume taking mercury level into account?

Guesswork: There's no questions that in cases of massive contamination, fish consumption has caused brain damage. Otherwise, there isn't a shred of epidemiologic evidence that fish consumption harms children or anyone else despite there being some mercury naturally. Fish is generally good for you. WIthout any real science, the government made a political decision to recommend a limit. I wouldn't worry. ...Read more

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My blood test came back with a mercury level at 16 ng/ml. How concerned should I be with this number?

My blood test came back with a mercury level at 16 ng/ml. How concerned should I be with this number?

Action level is 35: Mercury is a naturally-occurring element and this level won't make you sick or damage you or your unborn child, but you might ask whether you have an occupational exposure, love eating fish (up to 200 ng/ml seems to be tolerated without harm), or live near a coal-burning plant. The published 'actional level' (i.e., think about less fish) is 35 ng/ml. Eager to hear from others. ...Read more