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Can anybody tell me how long the affects of black mold exposure typically last?

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.

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Exposed To Mold (Definition)

Mold is also known as fungus or in some cases yeast. Fungal spores are very small and tend to be found in compost, barns/farms, hay, grass and damp basements. Some fungal spores are more likely to be associated with "dry" v. "wet" environments. When inhaled, mold spores can lead to many disorders including asthma, allergic rhinitis, hypersensitivty pneumonitis, ...Read more


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What treatments are there to help health related issues from long term black mold exposure?

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.

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How do you treat black mold exposure?

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.

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What are the effects of black mold exposure?

What are the effects of black mold exposure?

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.

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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.

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.

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Can black mold exposure cause symptoms of celiac disease in a person?

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.

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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...

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 to worry: Black mold spores are in the air almost everywhere. If you and the baby do not have any symptoms, you do not need to worry. Wish you and your baby good health.

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Can there be any remedies like first aid for black mold exposure?

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.

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What lung disease can you get from black mold exposure?

What lung disease can you get from black mold exposure?

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, fungal sinusitis, allergic conjunctivitis etc. A pneumonia type of problem may develop at times & may lead to permanent lung damage. The treatment is moving out & not returning until the problem has been fixed. If problem continues, see an allergist.

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Is there a test that can confirm that a chronic illness is due to black mold exposure?

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.

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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?

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.

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Concentration problems, headaches, and other neurologcial symptoms from toxic black mold exposure, what to do?

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..

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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?

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

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Can black mold exposure be causing my chronic fatigue and a tight band like feeling around my head?

Could Be: If you have already been diagnosed with chronic fatigue (cf), it is possible that the black mold is contributing to your symptoms. CF is still a new diagnosis in the medical community, and there is still much we do not know about it. Black mold is dangerous for anyone to be around. Whether or not there is a connection with CF is not clear, but you certainly should avoid being around it.

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~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

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How long would it take until the onset of symptoms from mold exposure?

Mold exposure: The symptoms vary depending on several factors: if the person is allergic to mold or not, the type of mold and the amount of mold exposed to. Symptoms can vary also from respiratory symptoms to more complex symptoms. This is a vague question to answer.

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After indoor m mold exposure for a week, how long will it take for me to recover from mold allergy in my case?

After indoor m mold exposure for a week, how long will it take for me to recover from mold allergy in my case?

Symptoms or sensitiv: Once you have become sensitized allergically, you will like remain so for a long time although the degree of the sensitivity may decline with time. On the other hand, your allergy symptoms should subside within days or at most weeks after cessation of exposure which may not be totally possible since the same mold spores, although in much smaller quantities, are usually found in the air.

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Black toxic mold exposure, what to do?

Leave the area: First step in treating toxic mold exposure is to leave the affected environment if possible. Then you need to detox from the mycotoxins that make you toxic. If you would like more information please schedule a consult.

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How can you tell if you’ve had mold exposure?

Everyone does: Mold exposure is very common. Every time you are outside you get some mold exposure. In fact, most mold exposure is outdoors, not indoors. Mold is found in grass, leaves, compost, mulch, and may be stirred up the wind or by activities like mowing, raking, or sweeping. Indoor mold is the result of a damp indoor environment. To reduce mold indoors the source of the moisture has to be eliminated.

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Black Mold (Definition)

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