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Arsenic Toxicity

Arsenic Toxicity Symptoms and Causes

Inorganic arsenic compounds are used to preserve wood, as pesticides and in some industries. Arsenic can get into air, water and the ground from wind-blown dust. It may also get into water from runoff. Exposure to arsenic can cause many health problems, and exposure to high levels of arsenic can cause death.

Arsenic Toxicity Symptoms:

Some symptoms of lower-level exposure may include:

  • Skin darkening (if ingested or breathed in over long period of time)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Numbness in hands and feet
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Corns/warts on palms, soles and torso
  • Redness and swelling (skin contact) 

Arsenic Toxicity Causes:

You may be exposed to arsenic by:

  • Taking in small amounts in food, water or air
  • Breathing sawdust or burning smoke from arsenic-treated wood
  • Living in an area with high levels of arsenic in rock
  • Working in a job where arsenic is made or used