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Doctor insights on: Block Basement Cistern Cause Problems

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Could a block basement with an old cistern cause respiratory problems?

Could a block basement with an old cistern cause respiratory problems?

Yes: Block basements and old cisterns are often associated with mold growth. Exposure to molds has been associated with a variety of respiratory disorders and should be avoided. Mold grows best in wet areas so it is important to keep basements dry and avoid household water leaks. If visible mold is present in a house it should be removed/treated by an expert. ...Read more

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Does a prominent cistern magna on MRI scan mean anything bad? Does this cause memory problems or affect intelligence?

Does a prominent cistern magna on MRI scan mean anything bad? Does this cause memory problems or affect intelligence?

Not usually: If fluid collection is not causing compression or underdevelopment of brain, then usually variation of normal, sometimes inherited. Both my son and I have prominent cisterna magni without any effect on normal brain function. ...Read more

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What environmental irritants in a basement apartment would most likely cause a cough?

What environmental irritants in a basement apartment would most likely cause a cough?

Cough: Depends on what's in your basement and how old your apartment is but I would most be concerned with mold. You may need a home inspector to evaluate your basement. ...Read more

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Can causes in the basement/foundation cause breathing issues over time if you have asthma?

Can causes in the basement/foundation cause breathing issues over time if you have asthma?

Astma triggers: Know that asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition that can be triggered by a variety of stimuli. Certainly mold/fungi from moisture in a basement is a well known trigger of the inflammatory bronchospasm known as asthma. There are many triggers as well as genetic loci that predispose a patient to bronchospasm. Answer is yes and do recommend testing for the function of your lungs. ...Read more

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I keep getting daily headaches on my forehead pressure what can bd cause? I do live in basement. How can I stop this daily pain

I keep getting daily headaches on my forehead pressure what can bd cause? I do live in basement. How can I stop this daily pain

There are several: Types of headaches, sinus headaches being one of them, muscular or vascular being others. You won't know what you have going on until you see your doc. He/she can rule things out and identify what is happening and treat if needed. Be safe and also comfortable. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How does one get rid of the odor caused by mold (black) which has been in basement for several years to prevent my kid from wheezing?

How does one get rid of the odor caused by mold (black) which has been in basement for several years to prevent my kid from wheezing?

Fix water leaks: Allergic asthma is commonly triggered by mold. The trigger is not the odor but the mold particles in the environment and the best measure to reduce exposure is to eliminate the mold, and reduce chances of regrowth by reducing humidity levels as possible. Mold grows in places where there is excessive humidity and frequent cleaning is not feasible. Allergy to mold is confirmed by skin testing. ...Read more

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Was exposed to concrete dust heavy in the air in basement for one hour while vacuuming it up. Wore paper mask. Will One exposure cause acute silicosis?

Was exposed to concrete dust heavy in the air in basement for one hour while vacuuming it up. Wore paper mask. Will One exposure cause acute silicosis?

Acute silicosis: Likely NOT wearing the paper mask hopefully cut down on a lot of the dust particles but by no means the most efficient or effective dust mask. You will probably cough up a lot of discolored mucus and blow a lot of discolored mucus from your nose. ...Read more

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Daily I get headaches in the front of my head and a dripping sensation itch in my ears. What's cause and treatment. I live in basement?

Daily I get headaches in the front of my head and a dripping sensation itch in my ears. What's cause and treatment. I live in basement?

If your basement: Is really old and humid/dank, you may have problems with sinus congestion due to allergic reaction to mold/ mildew/ fungus. All old basements have this problem. If your headaches are constantly on the front side and facial, then you will need to start on over-the-counter allergy pill along with nasal congestion medicines like Flonase or Rhinocort. Use ibuprofen and get out of the basement. ...Read more

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I fell down 6 steps in to a church basement on 4-16 did not go to ER because no obvious broken bones. Still having pain in kneecap. Problem? Go in?

I fell down 6 steps in to a church basement on 4-16 did not go to ER because no obvious broken bones. Still having pain in kneecap. Problem? Go in?

Have it evaluated -: -but not in the ER. Make an appointment with your PCP & if needed you can be referred to an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I get itchy eyes and runny nose when I go down to my basement. What could cause that?

I get itchy eyes and runny nose when I go down to my basement. What could cause that?

Allergies: Basements and other dark damp places may harbor allergens such as molds. These can be powerful allergens and cause intense itching. Be sure to check for these or water leakage. Just wear a mask with good ventilation or call a professional if you smell a musty odor. ...Read more

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Are babies okay to spend time in the basement?

Are babies okay to spend time in the basement?

Confusing question: As long as the environmental conditions are appropriate, the basement, attic or main floor are fine for a baby. ...Read more

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Would it be fine to sleep on a floor in a basement?

Would it be fine to sleep on a floor in a basement?

It depends: It depends on the condition of the basement. If there are rats, insects, or spiders crawling around -- or if it's moldy with little ventilation -- it's not safe. Some basements are nicely finished off though, and are perfectly dry and clean places to be and to sleep. ...Read more

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Is a prominent cistern magma a sign of chromosonal abnormalities?

Is a prominent cistern magma a sign of chromosonal abnormalities?

Depends: In a developing fetus this can suggest chromosomal abnormalities when part of a more significant finding known as a Dandy Walker malformation, but otherwise often has no significance or clear genetic association. In persons, it often is felt to be a variant of normal. ...Read more

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Why is it hard for me to breathe when I spend time in the basement?

Why is it hard for me to breathe when I spend time in the basement?

Molds...: ...Grow better in dark, moist places such as basements, and can trigger asthma attacks. ...Read more

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How can you safely exercise in a basement that previously had asbestos in it?

How can you safely exercise in a basement that previously had asbestos in it?

Seek asbestos expert: If the asbestos was removed in a safe way by someone with a good reputation and experience, chances are the area is fine. Asbestos questions should always be handled by those trained in the removal and disposal of the material. It's not safe to 'do it yourself.'. ...Read more

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A friend of mine sleeps in a oil smelling basement every night. Is this bad for you?

A friend of mine sleeps in a oil smelling basement every night. Is this bad for you?

Not great: Typically if there is lingering smell of oil, fumes or must/mold, air is stagnant and that can cause some issues. Oil is typically organic material but has high molecular weight, so the chances of actually inhaling to deep lung are small. However, there are a lot of carcinogens in oils and breathing them in all night when during the day you would move, is not good. ...Read more