The toxicity of Barium is almost the same as that of lead. But unlike lead, it doesn't accumulate in the body and it will pass out of it. But during its way, it causes abdominal pain, diarrhoea, muscle cramps, paralysis, kidney damage and death.
There is an antidote to barium sulfide - Epsom Salts, magnesium sulfate. Magnesium sulfate reacts with any soluble barium compound present in the digestive system and convert it to insoluble barium sulfate, which is harmless and quickly passes out of the body.
It’s safe to handle barium compounds but wash your hands afterwards. Also, take extra care not to inhale the dust.
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