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Could daily exposure to rust cause tetanus or some other type of illness?
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Confusing Xrays
Rust in and by itself does not cause tetanus.
However, chronic exposure to a cloud of rust particles could cause confusing chest xrays. Particle filters & masks are recommender in occupations where this is expected. Small rust particles can be inhaled into the deep areas of the lung & settle in. Xrays look sickly but patients tend to be asymptomatic. (siderosis).

In brief: Confusing Xrays
Rust in and by itself does not cause tetanus.
However, chronic exposure to a cloud of rust particles could cause confusing chest xrays. Particle filters & masks are recommender in occupations where this is expected. Small rust particles can be inhaled into the deep areas of the lung & settle in. Xrays look sickly but patients tend to be asymptomatic. (siderosis).
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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