Arsenic Poisoning: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 5/19/2021

Arsenic poisoning is caused by exposure to the element arsenic. Arsenic can be present in a metallic state in three forms (yellow, black, and gray) and in ionic forms. Arsenic is considered to be a heavy metal, and arsenic toxicity shares some similarities with poisonings by other heavy metals. Arsenic is used to manufacture weed killers and insecticides.

Signs and symptoms of arsenic poisoning include

Other associated symptoms can include

Arsenic poisoning may be fatal.

Causes of arsenic poisoning

Arsenic can be found as a contaminant in foods and water. However, arsenic poisoning typically occurs as a result of industrial exposure, from contaminated wine or illegally distilled spirits, or with intentional poisoning.

Other arsenic poisoning symptoms and signs


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