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What is arsenic?
|Regularly burning or handling CCA-treated wood is one way people can get arsenic poisoning. Photo via the National Pesticide Information Center.
Arsenic is a metal that can be found in nature. All people have some arsenic in their body. For most people the amount is not harmful.
In rare cases, people can get arsenic poisoning. The most frequent causes are:
What are the symptoms of arsenic poisoning?
People with arsenic poisoning may have ongoing symptoms such as:
Even if you do not feel sick, arsenic in your well water can make you more likely to get cancer of the skin, bladder, liver or lungs.
What should you do if you think you have arsenic poisoning?
If you think you have arsenic poisoning, call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222, chat now or text POISON to 85511. The NNEPC staff can help you figure out what type of testing you may need.
How can you prevent arsenic poisoning?
If your water comes from a private well:
Take safety steps with CCA-treated wood:
If use products that have arsenic in them at your job, ask your safety officer or supervisor for safety training.
Last Updated: Friday February 19th 2016