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Arsenic is used in the manufacture of pesticides. The gas from arsenic also has some industrial uses. Arsenic poisoning may be caused by medications including Fowler’s solution (potassium arsenite) and some topical creams used in the treatment of some skin conditions. Ingestion of herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, fungicides, or rodenticides containing arsenic may cause arsenic poisoning. Occupational exposure to arsenic in the manufacture of paints, enamels, glass, and metals may cause arsenic poisoning. Other forms of occupational exposure include galvanizing, soldering, etching, lead plating, smelting, and wood preserving. Arsenic is also found in contaminated water, seafood, and algae.

Most common side effects:
  • Headaches, drowsiness, confusion, seizures, and life-threatening complications.
  • Neurological symptoms:
  • Brain damage , nerve disease of the extremities, pericapillary hemorrhages within the white matter, and loss or deficiency of the fatty coverings around these nerve fibers, inflammation of sensory and motor nerves and the mucose membrane lining the throat. .
  • Skin problems:
  • Transverse white bands on the fingernails and excessive accumulation of fluid in the soft layers of tissue below the skin . Hardened patches of skin with unusually deep creases on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet, unusual darkening of certain areas of the skin , and a scale like inflammation of the skin
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms:
  • A flu-like illness that is characterized by vomiting; abdominal pain; fever; and diarrhea, which, in some cases, may be bloody.
  • The onset of symptoms in chronic arsenic poisoning is about two to eight weeks after exposure.

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