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Black Mold Symptoms In Infants
If an infant is exposed to black mold for four months, and is only five months, what can that cause? Is it a long-term exposure?
No problem: There are 500, 00 molds and half of them are black. Unless there is an active breathing problem at this time, there is not going to be any long term problem. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
Infant and young child have been exposed to toxic black mold - it's been in our walls for months maybe years. How do I know if they're ok??
ADL: Activities of daily living. The best way to screen a kid for significant health issues is to consider their activities/eating/sleeping etc. If they act normal for their age group they likely are. There are hundreds of "dark " molds and only a few toxic ones. Individuals can have an atypical allergic reaction to any of them. Much of the lay fear of black mold is media hype. Your doc can sort it out. ...Read more
Varies: Depends on what the symptoms are. The so-called microbial volatile organic compounds which give you the musty odor may irritate your nose, eyes, and lungs nearly instantly. The allergic sensitization may takes days or months to develop causing hay fever, asthma, , sinus. Eye and other symptoms. Recurrent pneumonia or even permanent lung scarring may occur in some people. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes: Black mold seems to affect breathing primarily as an irritant, so there are unlikely to be untoward effects on breathing after exposure is discontinued. Asbestos exposure results in hypersensitivity reactions, also not likely to appear after exposure. Asbestos also increases risk of cancer and breathing effects would appear years later. ...Read more
Possible: Not everyone exposed gets diseased, but that doesn't mean continue exposure, again avoidance should be practiced ...Read more
Found black mold in room of my 1week old baby. Is simply moving to another mold free room a long/short term solution. We plan to move house next month?
Use NIOSH 95 mask that can filter particles, and gloves clean with Tilex (if is > 3 square feet call a professional), move the baby, try an air purifier in baby's room (Home depot SPT magic ~ 60 dollars). Consider dehumidifier as mold grow in higher humidity> 70 %. Discuss with the pediatrician
http://www. Fsec. Ucf. Edu/en/consumer/buildings/basics/moldgrowth. Htm ...Read more
Black mold not toxic: Extensive scientific studies of black mold show that mold, black or other colors, is not toxic to humans. If you have a mold allegy, then the spores may cause allergic eye, nasal and chest symptoms. The moldy smell can also be irritating to the respiratory tract. Mold growth indicates excessive moisture at the site of growth. The mold should be properly removed and the water leak repaired. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
I found a lot of black mold in a skylight above the bed and the baby's bassinet. I am concerned about the mold exposure. I cleaned it up the best...
Not: Likely because inhaled spores will be addressed by immune cells in your trachea and lung, while not directly affecting your immune cells in your gut lining. ...Read more
Rub with a wet cloth: Get it checked by a dentist or a pediatrician. ...Read more
Can black mold cause rhinitis and allergic reaction? And what type of illness/symptoms could this induce?
If you are allergic, asthma, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, and rarely hives may develop. If you have an impaired immune system, you may have invasive fungal disease.
Some may develop allergic bronchopulmonary mycosis (with aspergillus being more common) manifested usually as steroid-resistant asthma.
Others hypersensitivity pneumonitis which when prolonged may cause permanent lung damage. ...Read more
I've lived in my apt 8 years just found a black mold spot under sink we don't use are me and my baby going to die from it or cancer please help me?
No, don't worry: The most common black mold symptoms and health effects are associated with a respiratory response. Chronic coughing and sneezing, irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat, rashes, chronic fatigue and persistent headaches can all be symptomatic of black mold exposure or black mold poisoning. If the area is very small, wear a mask and clean with a chlorine spray. ...Read more
Hello I've been having all the symptoms of black mold exposure. Lately it's been getting worst. Chest pains and it's very hard to breathe. Everybody thinks I'm crazy when their is visible black mold on my walls. What should I do?
Allergic: Black mold is a known allergen. The symptoms you describe sound like asthma. This is a condition that must be treated. There are other common elements that can cause your symptoms like dust mites. You need to get the black mold and dust removed ASAP and make where you live safe for a patient with asthma. First and foremost you must get medication for your asthma and allergies today. Se MD for eval ...Read more
Concentration problems, headaches, and other neurologcial symptoms from toxic black mold exposure, what to do?
Move: Then go through the usual clean up, if possible. Mold has a terrible effect on some people, so get out first, and then deal with the building and all the vicissitudes of undoing and redoing your environment. There are agencies (OSHA) that can help if you have trouble with landlords.. ...Read more
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
WHAT IS THE BEST ANTI FUNGAL FOR BLACK MOLD RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS, ARE MEVACOR and Lamisil (terbinafine) good?
Black mold myths: Most information you come across surrounding black mold are myths. Toxic black mold syndrome isn't a true medical diagnosis. Common health problems that are caused by molds are allergies and asthma. But fungus can also cause skin infections, like athletes foot or nail infections. If respiratory symptoms are your main problem, you should see your doctor for further testing first. ...Read more
If you work in àn office that is loaded with black mold could it make you sick? What symptoms? Would it be throat chest irritation, flushing reaction?
Yes: In my experience, most people will be affected by the odor and some may have mucous membrane irritation (throat, chest, eye) from the volatile organic compounds. Up to 1/2 of the people exposed may develop allergic disorders such as asthma, hay fever, or eye allergy. A few many develop pneumonia-like pictures and even permanent lung damage. In other words, mold is a really bad dude. ...Read more
~1yr black mold exposure unaware. Sinus symptoms 3 mo. Now had acute exposure; can nasal irrigation push spores deeper&risk dangerous fung infx? Or good2do?
Should be fine: Most sinus/respiratory symptoms related to mold exposure are due to an allergic type reaction as well as irritating toxins. Using irrigation to clear out the spores would help with both of these problems. Serious "invasive" fungal infections of the sinuses are rare and occur in people who have uncontrolled diabetes or severely suppressed immune systems. "Black mold" does not cause these infections ...Read more
What are the health problems and symptoms of living in a home with black mold? My aunt lives in a house with black mold growing on her garage ceiling. She's recently had unexplained weight gain, tremors in her hands and complains of bumps on her neck and
Black: Black mold can cause a variety of health issues, and it should be removed by a professional right away. The most common symptoms are breathing problems (cough, shortness of breath) muscle aches, allergy symptoms (i.e. Sneezing, hives), nausea, and rash. There have been some cases where mold can cause tremors. You aunt should be seen by her primary care provider who will likely perform diagnostic testing, and provide the necessary referals. Don't forget the house should be inspected, and the mold removed as soon as possible. ...Read more
10 years exposure of toxic black mold. Suffer from all kinds of symptoms. Lately really bad breathing with chestpain, blue clubbing nails. Lung Cancer?
Not necessarily: You need to be evaluated and followed up by pulmonologists and allergists, given the few information you provided, unfortunately we cannot be of much help on this platform except guiding you which way to go, good luck ...Read more
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
• Chronic fatigue
• Persistent headaches
In particularly severe cases of prolonged exposure, black mold health effects can be more dangerous. ...Read more
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