Which type of cosmetic has been identified as the source of mercury toxicity?

Updated: Nov 05, 2018
  • Author: David A Olson, MD; Chief Editor: Tarakad S Ramachandran, MBBS, MBA, MPH, FAAN, FACP, FAHA, FRCP, FRCPC, FRS, LRCP, MRCP, MRCS  more...
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New York City public health officials traced potentially toxic urinary mercury levels in residents to contaminated skin-lightening creams, which were subsequently removed from stores and embargoed. [22] More recently, a similar exposure occurred in a Mexican-American family in California and Virginia. [23] Others have identified renal disease secondary to mercury toxicity from such putative beautifying topicals. [24]

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