Are you experiencing the symptoms of mercury poisoning? Worried about treatments? Fret not, as we provide you all the information about amalgam poisoning herein!

Amalgam Poisoning

Who doesn’t love a controversy? Everyone appreciates and is awed by controversies as long as it doesn’t harm the subject himself or herself. Amalgam poisoning is one such controversy. While for some people amalgam poisoning is a myth, for others it is that unfortunate reality of life that they have to live with. Amalgam poisoning is said to occur due to use of mercury alloys for dental fillings and that sparks off another debate or controversies. But what is an amalgam? Amalgam is a solid or semi-solid alloy or mixture of mercury with some other element. Amalgams are extensively used for dental fillings because they are inexpensive and easy to use. However, it has never been scientifically demonstrated that any such thing as 'amalgam poisoning' exists. In extremely rare cases, people show allergic tendencies to one or more components of amalgams, but that cannot be called amalgam poisoning. On the other hand however, mercury poisoning is not all that rare, since amalgams quintessentially contain mercury. As such, amalgam poisoning may actually refer to mercury poisoning. The symptoms of both happen to overlap. Read below to get the symptoms and treatment for mercury poisoning.
Symptoms Of Mercury Poisoning
Psychological Symptoms
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Negative effect on one's intellect
Gastrointestinal Symptoms
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Colitis
Neurological Symptoms
  • Frequent or chronic headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of control over voluntary movement of limbs
Cardiovascular Symptoms
  • Changes in blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat and pulse
  • Pain or heaviness in chest
Respiratory Symptoms
  • Shallow breathing
  • Chest congestion
  • Asthma and bronchitis
Oral Cavity Symptoms
  • Inflammation of the mouth
  • Loss of bone around teeth
  • Ulcerated gums and other oral areas
  • Loose teeth
  • Darkening of gums
  • Bleeding of gums
Reproductive Symptoms
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Loss/excess flow
  • Difficult menopause
  • Hot flashes
  • Infertility
Enzymatic and Hormonal Symptoms
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chilliness
  • Extremely dry skin
  • Loss of libido
  • Extreme hair fall
  • Listlessness
Specific Symptoms Of Dental Mercury Poisoning
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth during sleep and at the moment of awakening.
  • Metallic taste in the mouth, which tastes like aluminum foil on chocolate
  • Dark spots in the retina
  • Accidental biting of one’s tongue, gum or lip while chewing tough food is generally experienced in advanced cases of poisoning. This signifies that the impact of poisoning has reached the brain cells and they are facing difficulties in differentiating between food and the mouth organs, especially the tongue. This often occurs with mouthful of food.
  • The inability of a subject to open his/her mouth right after chewing tough food like candy is another giveaway of this condition. This is a serious consequence because it signifies the jaw convulsions that happened after sudden release of amalgam in the mouth.
Treatment Of Mercury Poisoning
Mercury generally may not be the direct cause of all the aforementioned symptoms and problems, but since it is a well-known that mercury can be the original trigger for all of them, it becomes important and logical to check for the presence of mercury poisoning. The treatment for this poisoning generally revolves around prevention and precautionary measures. Avoid any oral contact with mercury. For e.g., if there is mercury filling in one’s teeth, then he/she should immediately get it replaced. And, in fact, even before getting any filling done, it makes more sense to check your body’s mercury compatibility and then advice your dentist accordingly. There are a few medications also available for this condition, but it is only prevention that works the best.

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