Short and Long Term Effects of Arsenic Poisoning

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In daily life we consume eatables of great variety, many of them are enriched with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals but some are loaded with arsenic too. Brussels sprouts, polished rice, dark meat fish like salmon, commercially raised chicken and alcoholic beverages are enriched source of arsenic. In some areas, the available water supply is the source of arsenic. In little amount, this organic metal is not bad. But when intake goes beyond the safe limit it becomes dangerous. Following article aims to inform you about arsenic poisoning.

Why is Arsenic Dangerous?

Arsenic is a severely dangerous even life-threatening element which can cause many grave health complications. Some complications are mild and cured with proper early management. But long-term intake of this hazardous chemical can cause long-term effects which can put a full stop on life.

Short-Term Effects:

If arsenic exposure is of shorter duration and at a low level, some short-term effects are noted which are managed and vanished with little effort. These effects include following complications;

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea having blood
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dizziness
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  • Tingling and weakness of limbs
  • Loss of sensation in limbs
  • Skin problems, irritation, and hair fall
  • Muscle cramps

If these symptoms noticed and managed at an earlier stage then this will help greatly to inhibit the arsenic poisoning before getting worse. But if these little complications ignored, left untreated and arsenic intake not prohibited then it can cause serious medical disorders. To consult the best family physician in Islamabad or Lahore, about these symptoms or anyone else, log on to

Long-Term Effects:

The arsenic poisoning when reached to its maximum evil level it can cause potent damages to almost all body vital organs. Some deadly conditions which arise due to arsenic toxicity are listed below;

  • Reduced blood cell production and degradation of existing red blood cells leading to anemia
  • Blood circulation problem
  • Heart and coronary problem
  • Liver enlargement and cirrhosis, Marham can help you find and consult with the best Hepatologist in Karachi, Lahore and all other main cities of Pakistan.
  • Darkening and thickening of skin color
  • Respiratory problems like asthma
    effects of arsenic
  • Type 2 Diabetes mellitus
  • Oxidative stress and inflammation
  • Brain damage (may cause Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease), Do you want to locate the best neurologist in Karachi, Lahore or any other main city of Pakistan? Just visit and find many competent doctors available for consultation.
  • Cancer especially in bladder, kidney, lungs, and skin

Immediately reduce arsenic exposure by limiting intake of high arsenic foods and consuming arsenic-free water. Maintain your vitamin E level too it degrades arsenic naturally.

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Tayyaba Waris
She is a student of Ph.D. molecular biology at Comsats University, Islamabad. She is working on the causes and treatment of male infertility. She has also worked on liver disease and its herbal treatments and has recently got her paper published in the National journal of Natural Pharmaceuticals. At Marham, she writes about hot medical issues and general health problems.