Arsenic is a natural element found in soil and minerals. 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.
You may be exposed to arsenic by
- Taking in small amounts in food, drinking 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
Exposure to arsenic can cause many health problems. Being exposed to low levels for a long time can change the color of your skin. It can cause corns and small warts. Exposure to high levels of arsenic can cause death.
Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry
- Arsenic (World Health Organization) Also in Spanish
- Arsenic (American Cancer Society)
- Arsenic (Environmental Health Student Portal) (National Library of Medicine)
- Arsenic in Food (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish
- Arsenic in Ground Water of the United States (U.S. Geological Survey)
- Environmental Protection Agency Also in Spanish
- Heavy Metal Blood Test (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
- Tox Town (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
- Toxic Substances Portal- Arsenic (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) Also in Spanish
- TOXMAP (National Library of Medicine) - Create maps showing locations of toxic chemical releases
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Arsenic Poisoning (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
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- Article: The Arsenic Contamination of Drinking and Groundwaters in Bangladesh: Featuring...
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