WHY SHOULD I BE TESTED FOR EXPOSURE TO ARSENIC?
Arsenic is a metal that is naturally occurring in the earth’s crust. In the environment, Arsenic can combine with Oxygen, Chlorine or Sulfur to form compounds that are inorganic. These compounds can be used in industrial processes such as making electronics. Seafood such as fish and shellfish may accumulate Arsenic; however most of this is the organic form of Arsenic and is relatively non-toxic. For this reason, if you decide to test for Arsenic, you should abstain from seafood for at least two days prior to testing.
Environmental Arsenic may be found in soil around old smelter sites or agricultural fields, in treated lumber or even in scrap metal.
Occupational exposure to Arsenic in the workplace can also occur. Here are some top work activities that may put you at risk for exposure:
- Torch cutting scrap metal
- Battery manufacturing and recycling
- Hazardous Waste sites
- Sawing treated lumber
You may have heard of arsenic being used as poison that was added to food or drink. Arsenic was formerly used as a rodent poison and was easy to obtain.
Exposure to Arsenic can cause:
- Sore throat
- Skin rash or irritation
- Numbness in hands and feet
- Stomach pains
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Lung Cancer
WHAT IS THE PRICE FOR AN ARSENIC EXPOSURE TEST USING A HAIR SPECIMEN?
*Price may vary by location – contact your local ANY LAB TEST NOW
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY LAB TEST RESULTS?
Test results are generally available within five (5) business days after your specimen is collected.
WHY DO I NEED AN ARSENIC EXPOSURE TEST?
A hair test can give an expanded window of detection of up to 90 days. Exposure to Arsenic can have very serious consequences for your body, and you may not know right away if you have been exposed. If you live in an area where you might have been exposed to environmental Arsenic, you may decide to choose this test.
Employers also monitor their employees for exposure, whether required by OSHA or as a way of establishing a baseline measurement before a candidate is hired.
Find out now if you’ve been exposed to Arsenic.
OTHER RELEVANT LAB TESTS:
Customers that choose the Arsenic Test may decide to upgrade to the Heavy Metals Panel or to add in general health overview tests such as the Comprehensive Male Panel or the Comprehensive Female Panel.
WHAT ARE THE TEST RESULT RANGES?
Arsenic < 80µg/kg
High Results May Indicate:
High levels could indicate Arsenic poisoning.
Low Results May Indicate:
There are no low levels for this test.
WHAT TYPE OF PHYSICIAN SHOULD I SEE IF MY TEST RESULTS ARE ABNORMAL OR OUT-OF-RANGE?
If your results are ‘abnormal’ or ‘out of range’ from the normal, please contact your primary care physician.