Mercury Exposure Testing

Mercury’s a hard metal that can come in several forms: as a vapor, liquid metal and even salt. At low levels, it’s often found in common household and everyday items like medicines, thermometers, and tooth fillings. It’s even found in some seafoods.

Especially for pregnant women, it’s critical to be aware of how much mercury you’re exposed to. High levels of mercury could be harmful to a baby’s development.

Mercury and Seafood

Mercury is found in various types of fish. The Mayo Clinic reports that, the bigger and older the fish, the more mercury it probably contains.” Fish containing the most mercury include:

  • Swordfish
  • Shark
  • King mackerel
  • Tilefish

What happens when mercury levels are too high?

High levels of mercury, known as mercury poisoning, can cause several diseases including:

  • 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.