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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Work Mold Exposure: Molds are ubiquitous in outdoor air and therefore easily get indoors as well. They grow on most organic matter, especially in moist conditions. Aller ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Mold is ubquitous: Mold is also known as fungus or in some cases yeast. Fungal spores are very small and tend to be found in compost, barns/farms, hay, grass and damp b ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Allergy consult: The toxic effects from black moldt exposure are often exaggerated. A certain percentage of people exposed to it may develop asthma, hay fever, sinus ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
13 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Mold exposure: It would be hard to tell. We have been living in the environment with lots of aero allergens and pathogens and not all of us responds to the exposure ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joram Seggev
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
Always exposed: Fungal spores (mold) are normally found in the air outside and inside houses. In humid areas, such as Dallas, fungal spores can range into more than ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Lavi
34 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Not as far as I know: I have never heard of any studies connecting schizophrenia to mold exposure.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
44 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Schizophrenia: Exposure to mold can cause several difficulties but I have never heard of anyone developing this serious disorder because of mold exposure. Best.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
38 years experience in Pediatrics
Could be.: Some kids are allergic to mold and dust.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
13 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Could be: It could cause problems depending on many factors. Mold load, sensitivity/allergy to molds, the intact of the immune system all play into its patholog ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Probably not: If this were true, there would be more in the city than in the countryside and neither I nor anyone I've read about has observed this. Don't look for ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience in Rheumatology
See below: If you have lupus and are on immunosuppressive drugs you are more apt to have infection from mold.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
39 years experience in Preventive Medicine
Chemical Toxicity: It may make you subtly ill. It will probably not be obvious. If you are sensitive to other environmental chemicals, new carpet is not a good option ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marc Serota
13 years experience in Dermatology
No: There is no evidence to suggest these two are linked. Allergy to mold can cause eye, nose or asthma symptoms, but not food allergies.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Erickson
8 years experience in General Practice
Need Treatment: If you have had mold exposure, and feel any symptoms of that it is important to get treatment immediately. Exposure to mold can lead to fungal infecti ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Not likely: The penicillin used for antibiotics is all synthetic and not derived from penicillium mold anymore.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
41 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Evidence lacking : Unfortunately, there is not a body of scientific evidence to support the concept that exposure to black mold causes specific symptoms or diseases. Whe ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
Generally not: You are not likely to die.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Corey Clay
9 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Debunked?: I believe the concerns about toxic mold have been debunked. We do, however, see cases of severe asthma with fungal sensitivity and fungi can contrib ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Sometimes: One research article found that guinea pigs and rodents (lab mice) can be carriers of strep throat bacteria (group a strep). The animals had no sympto ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Don't look for cause: Acne is unrelated to hygiene or lifestyle and only marginally to diet. Don't try to figure out the cause, but manage your illness until it self-cures ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: Allergies to cat fur can trigger an asthma episode in a susceptible child.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Unlikely: You can be desensitized, but outgrowing allergies is not likely to happen.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
It won't: I'm a pathologist focused on obscure causes of death. Despite all the "pop" claims about black mold in the home causing this-and-that, it's never kill ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Gene & environment: When your genes and the changing environment intreacts, some people would develop allergies. Allergy develops because your immune system has been redi ... Read More
A 5-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Allergy consult: The toxic effects from "black mold" exposure are often exaggerated. A certain percentage of people exposed to it may develop asthma, hay fever, funga ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
24 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Avoid it: If a person is allergic to it, there are medictaions such as inhaled or oral steroids as well as antihistamines and leukotriene inhibitors. However of ... Read More
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