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Black Mold (Overview)

Molds consist of airborn spores and spreading forms (hyphae) growing on surfaces. Several species are black including stachybotrys and aspergillus. Black mold ingestion has been associated with a toxic syndrome with brain and blood disorders. Most patients do not ingest black mold so the correlation with their symptoms is less certain.


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What is black mold?

What is black mold?

Stachybotrys: Stachybotrys is the mold most often referred to as "black mold." however, there are many other molds that are black in color. ...Read more

Black Mold (Overview)

Molds consist of airborn spores and spreading forms (hyphae) growing on surfaces. Several species are black including stachybotrys and aspergillus. Black mold ingestion has been associated with a toxic syndrome with brain and blood disorders. Most patients do not ingest black mold so the correlation with their symptoms is less certain.


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How dangerous is black mold?

How dangerous is black mold?

Black Mold Risks: Stachybotrys chartarum species of mold is called black mold.
Some people are sensitive to molds.
Symptoms of black mold exposure:
• Chronic coughing and sneezing
• Irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat
• rashes
• Chronic fatigue
• Persistent headaches
In particularly severe cases of prolonged exposure, black mold health effects can be more dangerous. ...Read more

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Exposed to black mold, am I okay?

Exposed to black mold, am I okay?

Black mold: Depending on how much you inhaled it and if you have any lung diseases and or if you have any conditions that affect your immune system, it might cause lung related problems. However if you are healthy, you don't have any symptoms now, you would probably be fine. See a doctor and discuss about it if it still bothers you. ...Read more

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I just ate black mold. What do I do?

I just ate black mold. What do I do?

Enjoy it: Hope it tasted good. Shouldn't bother you due to stomach acid killing it. Please don't fall for the "black mold hoax" - junk science. ...Read more

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How possible is black mold to hurt me?

How possible is black mold to hurt me?

Not likely: There is a lot of fear about black mold lately. Much of it is exagerated. The best way I can help is to refer to you this reliable resource.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/mold/stachy. Htm

If you have respiratory symptoms around mold you may be allergic to it. An allergy evaluation can help. ...Read more

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Can black mold make a child very sick?

Mold and health: Mold can cause adverse effects on any body's health. It can trigger asthma ort lung problems in people even if htey have no asthma. Get it cleaned asap. ...Read more

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Can black mold cause anaphalatic shock?

Rare but possible: It can be any type of mold you are allergic to. On the other hand, I have only seen one single case of anaphylaxis from mold exposure in several decades of practice. That involved a mold-allergic patient who was spreading steer manure as a fertilizer. When we cultured the fertilizer she used, huge amount of mold growth was found. And that's no bull. ...Read more

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I think I ate black mold, what do I do?

I think I ate black mold, what do I do?

Probably nothing: Even if these molds produce toxins, you will have to eat a lot of them to get any toxic effect. If you are not sick by now (assuming you posted the question at least an hour after), you should be ok. In general, one should avoid spoiled food. ...Read more

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How long do symptoms of black mold last?

Depends: If you have developed an allergic reaction to the molds, the condition may improve but not go away when no longer exposed. If your symptoms are from the irritating effects of the volatile organic compounds which give mold the musty odor, then these symptoms should be gone shortly after the exposure. ...Read more

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How does black mold effect you if you ingested?

Stomach upset: Ingesting moldy food can cause a stomach upset and diarrhea, but the symptoms should resolve on their own. ...Read more

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Is black mold that is forming in our house safe?

No: Mold should not be growing in your home. There are several molds that are black in color and all could potentially cause human illness either as an allergen or a respiratory irritant for others. If mold is seen on a wall this often is due to a water leak from a hidden pipe and might require removal of the sheetrock to determine the source. ...Read more

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How harmful can black mold be to someones health?

How harmful can black mold be to someones health?

Mold allergy: Some people have significant mold allergy, and for them, living in an environment that contains black mold can cause health problems, such as asthma and other allergic reactions. Fortunately, most people are not sensitive to mold do not experience harmful health effects when exposed to mold. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of black mold in your system?

Black mold: Usually black mold symptoms are that of allergy to molds. Black mold is more uncommon and the spores are large so it is not prominant as a allergen. The neurotoxic aspects to tricothecenes are controversial and not generally accepted at this time. Some black molds do not produce tricothecens so it depencds on the type, density, duration and individual susceptibility. ...Read more

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Which type of health problems come from black mold?

Which type of health problems come from black mold?

Respiratory probs: Generaly mold causes respiratory problems, such as runny and congested nose and sometimes asthma. Some individuals also develop sinus disease. Not all black mold is stachybotris, the dangerous mold. Apply bleach to all mold you see and keep the area dry. Mold thrives on humidity, get an dehumidifier and turn it on all the time to dry up the area that grows mold. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me the problems with black mold?

Can you please tell me the problems with black mold?

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, sinus infections etc. The best treatment is to move out of the place where the black mold has been found until the problem has been fixed. If problem continues, see an allergist. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: black mold?

What is the definition or description of: black mold?

? Stachybotrys: Molds consist of airborn spores and spreading forms (hyphae) growing on surfaces. Several species are black including stachybotrys and aspergillus.
Black mold ingestion has been associated with a toxic syndrome with brain and blood disorders. Most patients do not ingest black mold so the correlation with their symptoms is less certain. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms for black mold?

Mold allergy: An allergy to mold shows up as usual symptoms of allergic rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, and asthma. These conditions should be treated by your doctor and can cause headache, sleep issues, fatigue, etc. As respiratory irritants, there is no long term effect to your health if you are not allergic to the mold and simply just remove yourself from being confined to spaces that have high mold burdens. ...Read more

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I've been exposed to black mold, how serious is this?

I've been exposed to black mold, how serious is this?

Black mold: Depending on how much you inhaled it and if you have any lung diseases and or if you have any conditions that affect your immune system, it might cause lung related problems. However if you are healthy, you don't have any symptoms now, you would probably be fine. See a doctor and discuss about it if it still bothers you. ...Read more

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Why is black mold dangerous to have in your household?

Why is black mold dangerous to have in your household?

Controversial topic: The data on "black mold" is very controversial. There is data that says it is a problem and data that says it is not. In general, the presence of mold suggests a water or moisture problem that needs to be addressed. ...Read more

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What should you do if you find black mold in your house?

Mold clean up: While most people don't have severe ill effects from mold, it is always best to clean it up. This includes finding the water source that contributed--leaky pipe, roof, poor ventilation, flood, etc. If drywall is affected, it should be replaced. A good ethical contractor can make sure it is done right. Fixing the reason for the mold issue is the most important, so it does not continue. ...Read more

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What are the health effects of living around black mold?

What are the health effects of living around black mold?

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 infections etc. The best treatment is to move out of the place where the black mold has been found until the problem has been fixed. If problem continues, see an allergist. Do note that not all people become ill after mold exposure. ...Read more

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Should we contain black mold that is growing in our house?

Yes: You should try and contain any mold in the house as mold can be a trigger for asthma and allergies. ...Read more

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Who should I contact if I see black mold growing in our house?

Mold treatment: To find a company that will do mold remediation, google "mold remediation" then enter a comma followed by your zip code. Look for a company that has good consumer reviews and possibly a member of the better businesss bureau. If expensive repairs are recommended get a second opinion. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous companies will offer unneeded services, especially if mold in in your ac/ hvac. ...Read more

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How should we contain black mold that is growing in our house?

Find the source: Try and find the source first, and fix that problem first. There are also companies which will come and evaluate your home and help you take care of the problem. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symtom of black mold in children or any website?

Can you tell me the symtom of black mold in children or any website?

Http://www. Cdc. Gov/mold/stachy. Htm: This is a legitimate and comprehensive CDC site for reference.

Please be aware that symptoms can vary from minimal to full blown allergic illness, and respiratory distress.

So do not be alarmed at all the info. ...Read more

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What are the effects of black mold on you? Is all black mold the same?

What are the effects of black mold on you? Is all black mold the same?

See below:: While certain molds are toxigenic, meaning they can produce toxins (mycotoxins), the molds themselves are not toxic, or poisonous. In 2004 the institute of medicine found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. ...Read more

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Can you please explain black mold and is it found in a common cigarette?

Mold: Stachybotrys, commonly known as black mold, grows in damp areas. Not in cigarettes. The black tarring of lungs from cigarettes is not mold, it is dead tissue. ...Read more

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For what length of time can you be exposed to black mold before its lethal?

For what length of time can you be exposed to black mold before its lethal?

No set time: Depends on what the symptoms are. The so-called microbial volatile organic compounds which give you the musty odor can irritate your nose, eyes, and lungs nearly instantly- if strong enough. The allergic sensitization may takes days or months to develop. Do note that not all people exposed to black molds develop diseases.
The answer is that the shorter the better and there is no set time. ...Read more

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The black mold in my house is causing me health problems. How do I remove it?

Mold abatement: Hire a professional company to get rid of the mold. Specialized equipment and chemicals are required. They will be able to test and make sure there are no lingering spores when they finish. ...Read more

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How can one go about proving black mold in one's rented house in edm, alb, can?

Kits: There are kits available that you can buy to measure the mold that you find in your house or you can hire a professional to come out and test it. These kits are available online or in your local hardware store typically. ...Read more

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I have black mold in my house, and im not sure if im suffering from symptoms? .How would I know?

Agree With Above: Some studies reviewing patients with black mold related illness have found that most patients have multiple other health problems that cause their symptoms not their mold exposure. Also mold testing companies often do inadequate testing, not comparing indoor and outdoor levels on the same day. If you are concerned see an allergy specialist. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a very serious black mold problem in my house how does it effect my health?

I don't believe it: After twenty years of internet scare stories, the scientific community has not identified any syndrome affecting anyone in reasonably good health resulting from black mold. Most of us think the business is driven by tort lawyers and big-money mold removal companies. People with vague / psychosomatic complaints are urged to blame "black mold", and the real losers are the public. ...Read more

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I'm pretty sure my sister has been exposed to black mold and is suffering from some of the symptoms. What can we do?

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, sinus infections etc. The best treatment is to move out of the place where the black mold has been found until the problem has been fixed. If problem continues, see an allergist. ...Read more

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What are the short term & long term symptoms of black mold? What happens to you & why is it so bad? What should one do immediatly?

Black Mold Symptoms: Black mold is caused by wet basements, poorly ventilated attcs, moistures in the bath room and dirty duct work. The short term symptoms are, allergic symptoms, headaches, and fatigue. The long term symptoms are chronic sinusitis, bronchial asthma, and weakened immune systems which can lead to recurrent infections. ...Read more

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What will mold in my house do to me? What are the health effects of black mold in the house? I have some black mold in my home, which I can't seem to eradicate completely with any level of cleaning.

What will mold in my house do to me? What are the health effects of black mold in the house? I have some black mold in my home, which I can't seem to eradicate completely with any level of cleaning.

Respiratory probs: Generaly mold causes respiratory problems, such as runny and congested nose and sometimes asthma. Some individuals also develop sinus disease. Not all black mold is stachybotris, the dangerous mold. Apply bleach to all mold you see and keep the area dry. Mold thrives on humidity, get an dehumidifier and turn it on all the time to dry up the area that grows mold. ...Read more

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What can kill black mold?

Thieves Oils: Theives oil will kill all molds; but nothing will work well until the moisture problem is cleared up. This is a proprietary blend of essential oils of clove, rosemary, cinnamon, eucalyptus and lemon. Several studies have shown effectiveness in killing mold spores. ...Read more

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I inhaled black mold. What do I do?

Depends on Exposure: Transient exposure to a small amount of mold is likely not significant. Symptoms usually only occur with very high levels of exposure like in an occupational setting. "Silo-unloader's disease" or "grain fever syndrome" has been described in workers exposed to large quantities of fungal material while cleaning silos but illness is typically self limited and workers recover without lung impairment. ...Read more

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How can I treat it if I breath in black mold?

Stop worrying: Black mold is very common, and after 20 years of internet scare stories, the scientific community has still not identified any believable syndrome. Most of us think that the business is being kept going by tort lawyers and big-money mold-removal corporations. People with vague / psychosomatic complaints are urged to blame "black mold", and the big losers are ordinary, decent people. ...Read more