Killer ThermometerI never knew the mercury inside the glass thermometer is so harmful. It is on today's local newspaper i found that if accidental spilt of glass thermometer occurs, it can cause serious poisoning effects on human body. We have been using glass thermometer for so many years which contains the most lethal ingredients. Mercury, silvery liquid like metal, easily turns into vapour at normal room temperature(i.e 22-24 degree Centigrade) and when someone inhales it, it gets absorbed into the human body.
It's very common that we ignore the accidental breakage of glass thermometer. The mercury which can be easily absorbed by our skin into the blood stream, leading to tremors, nausea and blurred vision. Mercury is a neurotoxin which attacks the human nervous system and brain. it is more fatal on growing children than on adults. It can cause coma and death in many cases. Other symptoms mostly seeen on adults are tremors,headaches,blurred vision, poor concentration, hair loss and nausea. But, it takes 6 months or more for the body to naturally secretes the mercury only if he/she has no exposure to it.
In Asia, many doctors and health practioners still uses thermometer whereas it is learnt that westerners have already stopped or banned it's clinical use due to it's risk to human health.
According to Ravi Agarwal,head of the Delhi-based environmental group Toxics link,"Just one gram of mercury is enough to contaminate a 20 acre lake and make the fish unfit for eating. That is the kind of toxicity of mercury." So, we can calculate how dangerous it could be,using glass thermometer. Anyone in the vicinity could be the victim of mercury poisoning. So, the only way out is to use Digital thermometer.
Two months ago, I bought Digital thermometer, it is very safe and scientific. The measurement can be taken in degree or fahrenheit units and it is more accurate than glass thermometer. I urge everyone to discard the use of glass thermometer and be digital,be safe. Get digital thermometer from your neareset medical store.