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Is tap water in Worcester, MA or in MA safe to drink?Can the residues(metal,rust,dirt..)& chemicals in it cause cancer,kidney problem,&other diseases?

Is tap water in Worcester, MA or in MA safe to drink?Can the residues(metal,rust,dirt..)& chemicals in it cause cancer,kidney problem,&other diseases?

Check with city: Most municipalities have water supply regularly checked for contaminants, infection and chemicals. You could ask them if they have tested the water in Worcester. The only other concern might be if the actual pipes in or leading up to your house contain lead and are old enough to leach out this lead. ...Read more

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Why does rust cause tetanus?

Why does rust cause tetanus?

Not the rust: It is not the rust, but bacteria that often live on rusty nails. It is the puncture wound that allows these bacteria to enter your body and grow in the relatively low oxygen environment of a puncture wound. ...Read more

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Could daily exposure to rust cause tetanus or some other type of illness?

Could daily exposure to rust cause tetanus or some other type of illness?

Not tetanus: Tetanus is caused by bacteria that may live on rusty nails and is introduced by a puncture wound. Chronic exposure to rust dust can lead to inhalation and abnormal chest xray findings as well as exacerbate airway reactivity. ...Read more

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What causes the sputum from pneumonia to be a rust color?

What causes the sputum from pneumonia to be a rust color?

Altered red cells: Inflammation is usually associated with extravasation of red cells and altered red cells and hemoglobin impart rusty color to sputum. ...Read more

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Is it possible for dental retainers to rust?

Is it possible for dental retainers to rust?

Have never seen it: Reputable orthodontic laboratories use chrome-cobalt stainless steel wires, which do not rust or corrode. When retainers not worn (and go looking for reasons to put them in, not excuses to take them out), put them into plain water or denture cleaner. ...Read more

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Can you be poisoned from rust?

Can you be poisoned from rust?

It would take a lo: Rest is iron oxide. A lot could give you iron toxicity, a small amount would not be harmful at all. ...Read more

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If a baby injest a tiny amount of rust dust, will that be a hazard?

If a baby injest a tiny amount of rust dust, will that be a hazard?

No: At most, the baby might cough a bit, but injesting it into stomach will not cause problems. You would have to eat a whole lot of rust before it would be toxic in any way. Just a little GI irritation if ate it, a bit of cough if inhaled it. ...Read more

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I shaved and knicked myself, after i noticed the blade had a spot of rust. Will i be okay?

I shaved and knicked myself, after i noticed the blade had a spot of rust. Will i be okay?

Should be fine...: Knicked skin from shaving can be treated the same way, regardless of whether the razor is brand new or has "a spot of rust". One can wash the area with soap and apply a little bit of first aid ointment (like neosporin), and add a bandaid if needed. ...Read more

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I'm wondering if the rust spots on the bottom of this old tub are harmful to either me or my child, i can't afford a new tub. ?

I'm wondering if the rust spots on the bottom of this old tub are harmful to either me or my child, i can't afford a new tub. ?

No: The small amount of iron released into bath water is completely safe. However, you should clean the rust spots and cover with appliance enamel to prevent the spots from rusting through and leaking. ...Read more

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My dish washer is starting to rust. Does it pose a health risk if I keep using it? Its been half a year of me using it like that.

My dish washer is starting to rust. Does it pose a health risk if I keep using it? Its been half a year  of me using it like that.

Dish washer rust: There shouldn't be a problem. Rust - is a form of oxidized iron. It may stain your dishes and cause your water to have a metallic taste (iron in well water) but rusting appliances pose no threat except for water leaking and electricity. ...Read more

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If tetanus thrives in rust and can be got by small scratches, why weren't cases more than 1 in 100,000 in USA in 1930s? Surely more than that got cuts

If tetanus thrives in rust and can be got by small scratches, why weren't cases more than 1 in 100,000 in USA in 1930s? Surely more than that got cuts

Deep wounds only: Tetanus never takes hold in superficial, pre-existing skin wounds. Typically it takes a deep wound, as with a contaminated nail or other sharp object. Also, the vast majority of the population has been vaccinated against tetanus, which also explains its rarity. ...Read more

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There is rust on my nail clippers is it is harmful to use or not ?

There is rust on my nail clippers is it is harmful to use or not ?

I probably wouldn't: Hard to say...how much rust are we talking about, is it in a location that would even contact the nail or skin..are there any open sores that the rust can get into...so many things to think about. I'd just cut my losses and buy another clipper for 79 cents....or, however, many Rupees it would cost...can't be that expensive, right? Then, you avoid having to give yourself a tetanus shot later! :) ...Read more

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I am experiencing rust color saliva only morning and it disappears after first rinse?

I am experiencing  rust color saliva only morning and it disappears after first rinse?

You may be: bleeding from your gums (the earliest sign of gingivitis) See your Dentist..... Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more