A woman in California was left semi comatose after getting mercury poisoning from tainted anti wrink A woman in California has been hospitalized and left in a “semi comatose” state after using an anti wrinkle cream that was contaminated with mercury, according to local officials. the unidentified woman bought the cream, which was labelled as being made by Ponds, through “an informal network that imported the cream from Mexico.” They said that the mercury was added “by a third party after purchase” and not by Ponds, resulting in “the first reported case of methylmercury poisoning of this type linked to a skin cream in the United States.” that the woman has been unconscious for weeks, and that her son told the station that she had been in the hospital since July. She first came to the hospital with slurred speech and difficulty walking that got progressively worse, officials told KCRA. Sacramento officials said that the type of cream is used by consumers “as a skin lightener and to remove spots and wrinkles.” They said the mercury was added to the cream. Mercury , but comes with health risks. Her son said that doctors found “a very high level of mercury” in the cream when they tested her cosmetics to try and determine the cause of the poisoning. According to KCRA, her blood had 2,630 micrograms of mercury per liter 526 times the safe limit of five micrograms per liter. Signs of this type of poisoning include memory loss, depression, headaches, tremors, and weight loss, the county said. It can also result in skin flaking, gum disease, and high blood pressure in children. Dr. Olivia Kasirye, the Sacramento County Public Health Officer, urged people not to use any similar skin creams imported from Mexico over a contamination risk, and said that “methylmercury is extremely dangerous to adults and children.” It can “enter the nervous system and can cause severe illness,” the county said. Sacramento County said that there have been 60 cases of poisonings involving skin creams contaminated with mercury in the last nine years. The county added that this new case was the first involving methylmercury, which is a more toxic form of the metal.