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Arsenic has been reportedly found in foods, pesticides, cosmetics and many other commercial products. However, contaminated drinking water (from mining or agricultural sources to ground water) is the most common reason for long-term exposure.
Long-term exposure to arsenic can cause variable effects, from skin and lung cancer, to neurological effects and heart disease. Similar to mercury toxicity, arsenic can cause a sensory or motor neuropathy with paresthesia (pins and needles) particularly at the soles of the feet. A known skin condition from arsenic is the fingernail pigmentation called leukonychia striata (Mees’ lines).
To treat arsenic toxicity you can take the oral chelating medication DMSA (dimercaptosuccinic acid) for 19 days, then repeated again after two weeks break. DMSA has been used since the 1950s and is established to be safe and effective.
DMSA causes urinary excretion of lead, copper and zinc. Also, DMPS (2,3-Dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid) is a similar chelating agent for arsenic and other toxic metals.