What Are The Syptoms Of Arsenic Poisioning?


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Arsenic is highly toxic and is present in small quantities in food, water, tobacco smoke, bone meal, sea food and even laundry detergent. Arsenic poisoning when severe (that is when large enough amounts are consumed) assumes the following symptoms.

At first one may have trouble swallowing; there may be excessive saliva and a metallic flavor in the mouth. Excessive sweating, bad breath, diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps follow. Death can occur after seizure and shock or gradual kidney failure.

If one's exposure is gradual, symptoms may begin with headaches, confusion, sleepiness and drowsiness. As exposure increases, changes in fingernail pigmentation and convulsions follow. Acute exposure results in vomiting, diarrhea, cramping muscles, blood in urine, hair loss and stomach pain coupled with convulsions, and may even cause coma. Arsenic poisoning affects lungs, skin, kidneys and liver among the bodies' organs.

Some histories suggest that Napoleon finally died on his island prison due to Arsenic poisoning, but this happened naturally. The walls of his house contained excessive arsenic.

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