From Environmental Health News
April 14, 2011
Mercury exposure – possibly through eating seafood – is linked to a
greater risk of contracting atopic dermatitis, a common skin disease
known more commonly as eczema, report Korean researchers in the journal
Results from this study are among the
first to show a link between mercury and the common skin condition,
which is rising in industrialized countries. Effects were seen at and
below mercury blood levels deemed safe by U.S. agencies.
The study's findings provide further evidence of an effect of mercury on the immune system.
Causes of eczema
elude experts but most agree genetic, immune and environmental factors
combine to increase disease risk. Symptoms include dry, itchy patches
that can lead to unsightly red and inflamed skin. The persistent
condition can affect personal and professional lives.
a toxic chemical found globally throughout the environment. Most people
are exposed to a particularly toxic form of mercury – known as
methylmercury – from eating seafood. Scientists agree that mercury can
harm the developing fetus and children.
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