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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 71  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 230--235

Cryptic exposure to arsenic


Departments of Dermatology and Preventive Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey, USA

Correspondence Address:
Robert A Schwartz
Dermatology, New Jersey Medical School, 185 South Orange Avenue, Newark, New Jersey 07103-2714
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DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.16612

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Arsenic is an odorless, colorless and tasteless element long linked with effects on the skin and viscera. Exposure to it may be cryptic. Although human intake can occur from four forms, elemental, inorganic (trivalent and pentavalent arsenic) and organic arsenic, the trivalent inorganic arsenicals constitute the major human hazard. Arsenic usually reaches the skin from occupational, therapeutic, or environmental exposure, although it still may be employed as a poison. Occupations involving new technologies are not exempt from arsenic exposure. Its acute and chronic effects are noteworthy. Treatment options exist for arsenic-induced pathology, but prevention of toxicity remains the main focus. Vitamin and mineral supplementation may play a role in the treatment of arsenic toxicity.






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