Blister Agent

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Blister Agent

A chemical that causes blisters or other severe irritation on human or animal skin. Occasionally, blister agents are used in medical treatments and may have a commercial value for this reason. However, blister agents are usually used in chemical weapons.
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Islamic State could have obtained the mustard agent in Syria, whose government admitted to having large quantities of the blistering agent in 2013, when it agreed to give up its chemical weapons arsenal, the newspaper reported.
A blistering agent which burns victims' skin, eyes, and lungs.
The country has hundreds of tons of various chemical agents, including sarin and VX nerve agents, as well as older blistering agents such as mustard gas, dispersed in dozens of manufacturing and storage sites, experts say.
The United States manufactured thousands of tons of nerve gas, blistering agents and other poisons, simply because the Soviet Union was known to be doing the same.
Vesicants are also known as blistering agents because they irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs and may further affect other organs if absorbed into the body.