What are the treatment options for siderosis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Siderosis is preventable but is not usually treated. Most people with siderosis have no symptoms, so, apart from being careful not to breathe in more iron or iron oxide dust at work, nothing else is usually done. On the other hand, diseases such as silicosis that often occur alongside siderosis may need treatment. People who have silicosis, caused by breathing in silica or silicate particles, may receive treatments such as lung washing (lavage), taking corticosteroids and other drugs that can help with breathing, practicing preventive measures such as getting tuberculosis tests and influenza shots, and getting other treatments for low blood oxygen levels.

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