Woman loses peripheral vision due to mercury exposure in whitening creams
Mother from Minnesota has reportedly lost a part of her vision due to the high content of mercury in beauty creams.
A woman in Minnesota, US has lost her peripheral vision. According to details, this was due to mercury exposure in beauty creams.
Mother from Minnesota has reportedly lost a part of her vision due to the high content of mercury in beauty creams that she was exposed to. In addition to this, her whole household is at high level of mercury poisoning.
Details have revealed that home visits done by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) found out high levels of mercury in the woman’s children’s rooms, towels in the hosue and laundry as well. She was referred to Dr. Erin Batdorff after she reported symptoms like muscle weakness, fatigue, insomnia, leg pain and then loss of peripheral vision. Clinical tests were conducted which revealed high levels of mercury in her blood as well as her urine.
In addition to this, surverys conducted have unleashed that this was among numerous households in the state of Minnesota, and other parts of US, where members are exposed to inorganic mercury.
The toxic chemical is particularly found in skin whitening products that do not disclose the toxic ingredients that they contain. Mercury is used in lightening products because it is able to block melanin production in the skin.
Dr. Erin stated that the woman was very frustrated as she was not aware of the high content of mercury in the beauty cream. She also said that she didn’t purchase anything that said ‘lightning or brightening’ on the package.
Chronic exposure to the harmful level of mercury can further lead to neurological damage such as anxiety, depression, vision loss, and developmental issues. Moreover, liver and kidney damage might also be a consequence of it.
Batdorff said that finding people exposed to high levels of toxic mercury at an early stage and removing the sources is crucial before people can suffer from permanent damage.
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