Arsenic Poison

Arsenic is a poisonous substance, that is a natural element that behaves like a metal. It can be released from certain human activities and naturally from the earth's crust. It's present in many different minerals and can be released by industrial processes or volcanic activity. Arsenic doesn't have an LD50. The Lethal Dose for humans ranges from 100 to 300 milligrams of inorganic arsenic.
Some symptoms of arsenic poisoning are abdominal pain, destruction of the red blood cells, shock and death quickly.
The detection of arsenic poisoning can come from blood testing, urine testing, and fingernail testing.
Arsenic was first identified by Albertus Magnus, 1250. Arsenic occurs free in nature, but is most often found in the minerals arsenopyrite, regular and orpiment. Today they are used to make rat poison and insecticides. In Europe from the time of the Roman Empire through the middle ages and the Renaissance, arsenic was the king of poisons. Dioscorides, a Greek physician in the court of the Roman Emperor, described arsenic as a poison in the first century

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


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