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What causes siderosis?

Siderosis is caused by breathing in iron or iron oxide dust in the workplace. Siderosis is often called "welder's lung" because people can get it from welding fumes and dust. Other occupations exposed to iron dust may include iron foundry and steel workers as well as hematite miners.

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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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Will having siderosis prevent me from working?
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Having siderosis shouldn't prevent you from working. There are usually no symptoms associated with s...
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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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What are the symptoms of siderosis?
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Siderosis doesn't usually have symptoms. It is called a "benign pneumoconiosis," meaning that it is ...
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