Arsenic exposure and arsine gas exposure can quickly result and death and there are only a few ways to save the patients life. Hemodialysis can remove arsenic from the bloodstream, and blood transfusions may help. Chelation therapy may also help, but is not available in the U.S.
Patchy skin hyperpigmentation, and other skin lesions are common effects of heavy chronic exposure. Arsenic can cause lung and skin cancers and may cause other cancers.The association between chronic arsenic exposure and cancer is strongest for skin, lung, and bladder cancer. Liver, kidney, and other cancers have limited strength of association