Brief Discussion on Mercury Poisoning, Its Sources and Remedies to Cure It

Document Type : Original Article


PhD Scholar, Institute of chemical sciences, Bahaudin Zakaraya University, Multan, Pakistan


The review briefly focuses the wide usage of sources of mercury, despite its hazardous effects. This study is aimed at the search for alternate sources of the mercury, in order to minimize its poisoning effects. This review elaborates the precautionary measures which may be adopted to reduce mercury poisoning. Due to its multifunctional properties in different fields of life, mercury has actually proved a necessary poison up till now. Previously mercury toxicity in human life was considered minimal because of ignorance about the hazards created by even very low amounts of mercury exposures to human body. Mercury poisoning can cause serious chronic and neurological disorders in humans if they are exposed to it for longer times. Fetal autism disorders areone of the critical aspects caused by mercury exposures of pregnant women. After Minamata mercury poisoning influences, there is a strict need to use alternative materials of mercury in order to reduce mercury poisoning. Methods to reduce mercury poisoning include the use of alternative materials like polymer resins rather than mercury.Case study of this review briefly discusses the mercury sources, mercury hazards and precautionary measures of mercury poisoning, related to present age. Concluding remarks elaborate that mercury poisoning can be reduced if some precautions are adopted.


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