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What is siderosis?

Siderosis, also called welder's lung, is a lung disease caused by breathing in iron or iron oxide dust. Siderosis is considered to be an occupational illness because people breathe in the iron dust at work. The condition usually shows up on X-rays as small, opaque spots on the worker's lungs.

Although siderosis does not usually have any symptoms, other diseases that may happen because of breathing in fumes and dust at work do. Siderosis may be diagnosed along with some of these other diseases, such as silicosis, that do have symptoms.

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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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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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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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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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