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1yr+ shadows on wall behind dryer are actually black mold; intake ambient air = sporesin clothes. Allergy. symptoms 3+mo. Cleaned safely. What are my risks?

1yr+ shadows on wall behind dryer are actually black mold; intake ambient air = sporesin clothes. Allergy. symptoms 3+mo. Cleaned safely. What are my risks?

Low risk: Black mold is problematic for people with definitive allergies to the mold but, if you're not allergic to the mold just being in the same room with the mold without disturbing the mold should not pose a health risk. There's a lot of hysteria about "black mold" perpetuated by companies that charge exorbitant prices to eradicate it...it's not a big health risk. ...Read more

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Some rheum labs back, nrml inflam.Tho sed up 17&muscle enzymes. Bad muscle weakness.Why no lab sign? Held up ok when dr pushed on. +ana, ssa in aug, new not back.Dr sd prob fibro?Not sjog wdry mouthetc?

Some rheum labs back, nrml inflam.Tho sed up 17&muscle enzymes. Bad muscle weakness.Why no lab sign? Held up ok when dr pushed on. +ana, ssa in aug, new not back.Dr sd prob fibro?Not sjog wdry mouthetc?

See details: There is too much partial information in your question. It is impossible to answer with such a disjointed question. My best advice is to seek a second opinion and see a rheumatologist or another rheumatologist if your current doctor is one. ...Read more

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From Jersey City,I inhaled air from the trash chute while discarding trash in my apt.I don't know why chute was emitting air but scared for hantavirus?

From Jersey City,I inhaled air from the trash chute while discarding trash in my apt.I don't know why chute was emitting air but scared for hantavirus?

Hanta virus trash: From Jersey City,I inhaled air from the trash chute while discarding trash in my apt.I don't know why chute was emitting air but scared for hantavirus? ANS: That must have been a smelly thing. Never heard of getting hantavirus from this. Check with local health department about cases or hantavirus in NJ and how folks got it. Usually dust inhalation with mouse feces. Did it smell mousey? ...Read more

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Mystery: new generalized edema x4mo, worse when lying down (heart's fine, been checked), hands/feet worst, jeans don't fit. Not meds, not clots?

Mystery:  new generalized edema x4mo, worse when lying down (heart's fine, been checked), hands/feet worst, jeans don't fit. Not meds, not clots?

Edema: Any time there is significant edema its important to make the heart (which you checked), the liver and the kidneys are ok. You can loose protein in the blood from these diseases and it can result in swelling. See your doctor and get a urine test for protein and blood as well as liver panel to make sure these are ok. Also watch your salt intake. ...Read more

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Saw bunch of 50+ guys playing roundball at lunch. Afterward they were social, laughing, energized. Is that common?

Saw bunch of 50+ guys playing roundball at lunch. Afterward they were social, laughing, energized. Is that common?

Nothing wrong: Speaking as a potential "one of those guys" there is absolutely nothing out of the ordinary with this senario. Next time, why don't you ask to join them? ...Read more

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Is there anything to detoxify our respiratory systems after we burned plastic cutlery container on top of wood stove?

Is there anything to detoxify our respiratory systems after we burned plastic cutlery container on top of wood stove?

Fresh air: Burning plastic can emit fumes that are noxious to the respiratory system. Some plastics, such as polyethylene (saran wrap, etc.), when burned emit formaldehyde fumes. In most situations, plenty of fresh air is all that is needed. If one has significant symptoms (persistent cough, shortness of breath), then one should seek medical attention with their doctor. ...Read more

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Diseases (virus, parasite, etc) you can catch from using a communal sink (to brush teeth) and toilet?-water-splash-borne, air-borne, touching surface?

Diseases (virus, parasite, etc) you can catch from using a communal sink (to brush teeth) and toilet?-water-splash-borne, air-borne, touching surface?

Definitly: Virus is air borne and parasites are water and food borne.Any open area that is shared with many people can be a source of contracting both.Be careful when you travel to asia -africa -south america and any unsanitary looking venues. ...Read more

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So many asthma triggers ok at home ecept cooking smells. Smoke perfume cologne flowers, cleaning fluids. Going out scary b/c triggers everywhere. Nrml peak flow am will be 700 but 475 in pm, what do?

So many asthma triggers ok at home ecept cooking smells. Smoke perfume cologne flowers, cleaning fluids. Going out scary b/c triggers everywhere. Nrml peak flow am will be 700 but 475 in pm, what do?

Escalate treatment: Need to move past just using rescue inhaler to inhaled corticosteroids. You may feel like you are doing okay with only evening symptoms, but in the long term you may still be damaging your lungs and may develop copd. Consult your doctor for additional medication. ...Read more

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Been visiting country in east africa.I accidently been drinking unfiltered water 20days.tasted fine and look fine. Possibilities of Lead? Kidney stone

Been visiting country in east africa.I accidently been drinking unfiltered water 20days.tasted fine and look fine. Possibilities of Lead? Kidney stone

Stop worrying : The locals drink it all the time. So do the animals. They are fine. You cannot eliminate every possible toxic exposure. Your body is surprisingly tough. People who tell you to worry yourself over every trivial exposure at not your friends; they are actually trying to make you feel sick. I hope you enjoyed Africa and her wonderful people. ...Read more

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Dry eye and sometime dry mouth,have neuropathy,clear mri,mild joint pain,Ana 1:40 fine speckled patt,ssa and ssb,Rf and anti dna are negative,sjogren?

Dry eye and sometime dry mouth,have neuropathy,clear mri,mild joint pain,Ana 1:40 fine speckled patt,ssa and ssb,Rf and anti dna are negative,sjogren?

Comments: When you describe your symptoms, I think of Sjogren's. Although you have had the correct studies, might consider some additional testing. A rheumatologist can guide you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Accidently inhaled several deep breaths of isopropyl alcohol when getting orthodontic retainer mold. Have i killed brain cells? What damage was done?

Accidently inhaled several deep breaths of isopropyl alcohol when getting orthodontic retainer mold. Have i killed brain cells? What damage was done?

No damage: First of all a few breaths of isopropyl alcohol once inn your life is not going to do any damage. Second, orthodontists do not use alcohol-based impression materials. They're made of other chemical compounds, so i doubt it was alcohol that you inhaled. Glad your braces are off--wear your retainers as directed. ...Read more

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PacificIslander, 6'1', 297lbs built like a linebacker, has no known conditions, VERY drowsy driving 20-30 mins, recently blackedout while driving.

PacificIslander, 6'1', 297lbs built like a linebacker, has no known conditions, VERY drowsy driving 20-30 mins, recently blackedout while driving.

ER: unexplained fainting is a medical emergency- you can get killoed or kill someone else while driving. I suggest immediate hospital evaluation and DON"T DRIVE AT ALL. ...Read more

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Air travel with Pulmicort vials on checked bag. Vials were heavily shaken and not held upright. Did this damage the effectiveness of the medicine?

Air travel with Pulmicort vials on checked bag. Vials were heavily shaken and not held upright. Did this damage the effectiveness of the medicine?

Should be fine!: As long as the vials are not leaking, punctured or opened in any way, the medication should work as intended without adverse event. ...Read more

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Job stressful BP goes up 129/95--145/107 at times my chest hurts. Body clenched all day. Lookng 4 new job. BP as low as107/69 saw doc no BP med. ok?

Job stressful BP goes up 129/95--145/107 at times my chest hurts. Body clenched all day. Lookng 4 new job. BP as low as107/69 saw doc no BP med. ok?

Stress: Watchful waiting seems to the right decision. Stress seems to play a role in elevating your BP. Keep checking your blood pressure couple of times a week, try to reduce salt intake, daily exercise and 7-8 h of good quality sleep. Changing your job might be just enough to keep your blood pressure in normal parameters. Otherwise, if consistently > 140 and/ or 90 please let your doc know. ...Read more

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On atenolol (25mg) verapamil (120mg).i have head cold so took dayquil/ afrin nose spray.heart rate dipping into high 40's,low 50's.keeps skipping?

On atenolol (25mg) verapamil (120mg).i have head cold so took dayquil/ afrin nose spray.heart rate dipping into high 40's,low 50's.keeps skipping?

ER now: and hold all your medications, what is happening is a bad interaction amongst the atenolol, verapamil and the DayQuil and afrin, which you shouldn't have taken in the first place. Kindly ask your doctor in the future, especially if are on such meds, good luck ...Read more