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How does siderosis affect the body?

Siderosis doesn't usually affect the body beyond producing small, opaque spots on the lungs that may show up on X-rays. Some researchers, however, think that small changes in breathing and lung function may happen as a result of exposure to iron and iron oxide dust. Other diseases that are often seen alongside siderosis, such as silicosis, have more major effects on the body. For example, silicosis can lead to respiratory failure, and exposure to silica and silicate dust is associated with lung cancer.

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What is siderosis?
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Siderosis, also called welder's lung, is a lung disease caused by breathing in iron or iron oxide du...
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What causes siderosis?
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Siderosis is caused by breathing in iron or iron oxide dust in the workplace. Siderosis is often cal...
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How do medications treat siderosis?
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There are usually no symptoms for siderosis, so no medications are given for this condition. Medicat...
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Does siderosis affect children differently than adults?
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Children are unlikely to have siderosis, since it is an occupational disease related to breathing in...
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