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Maybe fatal by inhaling , swallowed or absorbed through the skin. Inhalation causes a headache, sore throat, cough, laboured breathing and general weakness. Indigestion results in burning in mouth, throat, and oesophagus, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Contact with skin or eyes causes redness and pain. In severe cases there are effects on the cardiovascular system , kidnays and central nervous system, resulting in loss of fluids and electrolytes, cardiac disorders, kidney impairment, collapse, shock and death. Long-term or repeated exposure to sodium arsenate will have effects on the peripheral nervous system, skin, mucous membranes, bone marrow, kidneys and liver, resulting in neuropathy, pigmentation disorders,perforation of nasal septum, lesion of blood cells, kidney impairment and cirrhosis.
The substance is carcinogenic to humans. It is probably teratogenic.
Reported poisoning of 190 children in USA having eaten ant baits (Köder) tell that 5 died and 43 were hospitalized.
Uses: Dying of printing fabrics; manufacture of other arsenates; insecticide; treating vine against scale diseases.
In medicine formerly as antimalarial and dermatologic.
In veterinary medicine in parasitism (internally and externally), for non-parasitic skin and blood diseases, in rheumatism, asthma and heaves (Keuchen)