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A 39-year-old female asked:

i finally got a blood test for black mold and tested positive! it's been 8 months since i left the house. not really sure what to do now :-( ?

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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
What kind of test?: You will need to be specific about what kind of test was done and also if you are suffering from any illness from the exposure. Not all people become ill from mold exposure but those who do may suffer from allergic symptoms and rarely even permanent scarring in the lungs. If you are feeling well otherwise, I'd not worry over it regardless of the test result.
Dr. Thomas Josa
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Controversial: The effects of molds and their spores are generally only a problem for those with respiratory problems like asthma. There are always mold spores in the air. In fact 1/4 of the earth's biomass consists of molds and fungi. Mold is definitely destructive to your house though . "Black mold" causing other health probs. is controversial. www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/43325/E92645.pd
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Depends on symptoms: Having positive blood test does not mean much. What are your symptoms.Do you have any respiratory symptoms like cough, wheezing,shortness of breath etc.And diagnosis of asthma. Consult your doctor if you do.otherwise elimination of black molds and as you have done left the house is all you need to do
Dr. Ira Katz
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I agree with the above, but if possible notify the owner of the house (in some states it is the law) so it can be fixed and you protect the people living there now!
Nov 8, 2015

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