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Is siderosis serious?

Siderosis, in itself, is not serious. It may, however, help your doctor determine how much exposure you have had to particles and fumes on the job that can cause other serious diseases. For example, silicosis is a disease that can lead to disability and, sometimes, respiratory failure. People who work with the iron and iron oxide dust that causes siderosis also tend to work with the silica and silicate dust that causes silicosis.

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How does siderosis affect the body?
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Siderosis doesn't usually affect the body beyond producing small, opaque spots on the lungs that may...
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How do other illnesses affect siderosis?
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Siderosis can be used as a marker of how much exposure a worker has had to toxic fumes and dust. Thi...
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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 common is siderosis?
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Siderosis is most common in people who work in jobs like welding, which create iron and iron oxide d...
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