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Lewisite (L) blister agent


Lewisite, an oily or colorless liquid, is known as a vesicant or blistering agent. It it causes blistering of the skin and mucous membranes on contact. The substance can be absorbed into the body by all routes: inhalation, eyes, skin and ingestion. Short-term effects include: large skin burns, lung edema, diarrhea, restlessness, weakness, subnormal temperature and low blood pressure. Long-term effects or repeated exposure can cause sensitization and chronic lung impairment. It is...

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