Mercury Exposure Testing
Mercury is a hard metal that can occur in several forms: as a vapor, liquid metal and even salt. At safe levels, it’s often found in many household and everyday items, such as medicines, thermometers and tooth fillings. Mercury is also found in some seafood.
It’s important, especially for pregnant women, to be aware of how much mercury they’re around. High levels of mercury could be harmful to a baby’s development.
Mercury and Seafood
Mercury is found in several types of fish. The Mayo Clinic says, the bigger and older the fish is, the more mercury it’s likely to contain.” Fish with the most mercury are:
- King mackerel
What happens if your mercury levels are too high?
High levels of mercury, called mercury poisoning, can cause several diseases like:
- Acrodynia (pink disease)
- Hunter-Russell syndrome
- Minamata disease
Mercury poisoning can be harmful to the brain, kidney and lungs.
To test your mercury levels, give Test Smartly Labs a call.