What is it?
Mercuric Chloride is a metal compound used in a wide range of ways including disinfectant, antiseptic, insecticide and preservative.

How can I avoid it?
Avoidance requires reading the product labels, package inserts, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer. 

Uses:
  • Antiseptic
  • Disinfectant
  • Batteries (dry) (depolarizer)
  • Electroplating aluminum
  • Embalming
  • Furs, mordant for rabbit and beaver
  • Hair tonics
  • Photography (antiseptic and intensifier)
  • Preserving wood and anatomical specimens
  • Tanning leather
  • Wood staining
  • Preservative
  • Insecticide
  • Dental Material
  • Over the counter topical treatments
  • stimulant laxatives
  • diaper rash ointment
  • eye dropsmnasal sprays

Other names for mercuric chloride:
  • Corrosive mercury chloride
  • Corrosive sublimate
  • Mercury (II) chloride
  • Mercury bichloride
  • Mercury perchloride
  • Bichloride of mercury
  • Dichloromercury
  • Mercury chloride

Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
  • Mercurials
  • Mercury
  • Mercury ammonium chloride

How safe is it?

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