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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
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Can anybody tell me how long the affects of black mold exposure typically last?

Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Can anybody tell me how long the affects of black mold exposure typically last?

Varies: This would vary depending on the sensitivity of the person involved with the dose of the exposue being a factor as well. I would expect that removal of all exposure to the black mold as well as providing for elimination of other inciting factors such as dust, dustmites for symptoms to be resolved within 2 to 4 weeks if not sooner. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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What treatments are there to help health related issues from long term black mold exposure?

Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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What treatments are there to help health related issues from long term black mold exposure?

Evidence lacking : Unfortunately, there is not a body of scientific evidence to support the concept that exposure to black mold causes specific symptoms or diseases. When I have a patient who believes they have this problem, i check them for mold allergies and encourage them to get their exposure problem resolved. I also check them for chronic infections and if they have those, i check immune function. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. John Chiu
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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What's a more efficient text that I can take for the black mold exposure? Thanks you! I'm really sick and trying to get some answers.

Dr. John Chiu
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What's a more efficient text that I can take for the black mold exposure? Thanks you! I'm really sick and trying to get some answers.

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 recurrent pneumonia and 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 who can help you in pinpointing the cause and Rx. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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What are the effects of black mold exposure?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
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Basically none: Despite all the hoopla, most physicians believe these fears are generated by tort lawyers and big-money mold-removal companies. People with nondescript / vague symptoms are encouraged to blame them on "black mold". The public are the real losers. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Mark Avdalovic
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How do you treat black mold exposure?

Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
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Avoid it: If a person is allergic to it, there are medictaions such as inhaled or oral steroids as well as antihistamines and leukotriene inhibitors. However of the patient has not sensitivity of allergy to mold there will likely be no consequence for exposure. ...Read more

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Dr. Joel Selter
Board Certified, Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
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Is there a test that can confirm that a chronic illness is due to black mold exposure?

Dr. Joel Selter
Board Certified, Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
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Is there a test that can confirm that a chronic illness is due to black mold exposure?

Remove the mold!!!: Like with much of what we do we make make various assumptions based upon associations. What can be done is test for presence of mold, test for allergic/ige sensitivity to mold, also for hypersensitivity/igg to mold. Removal of mold is essential and response to this removal can suggest that the mold was responsible. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Joram Seggev
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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Can there be any remedies like first aid for black mold exposure?

Dr. Joram Seggev
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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Keep house dry: Black mold (in most cases aspergillus and penicillium), accumulate when there is excessive water and humidity. In most cases it is due to a flood, natural or water leaking fro pipes or rain. Exposure for a short period is usually harmless. Longer or exposure to extreme concentrations will cause health effects. Affected areas have to be professionally cleaned and the cause corrected. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Morell
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Can black mold exposure cause symptoms of celiac disease in a person?

Dr. Martin Morell
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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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

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Dr. Joram Seggev
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What do you suggest if my husband keeps getting pancreatitis for an unknown reason. he has had alot of black mold exposure could that be the reason?

Dr. Joram Seggev
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Gastroenterologist: Mold exposure is the current incorrectly presumed cause for lots of diseases. Recurrent pancreatitis is definitely not associated with mold exposure. Common causes include alcohol and gall bladder disease. He should see a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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