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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?

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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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


Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Avdalovic
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Joel Selter
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Joram Seggev
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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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?

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. Theresa Henderson
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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 ...Read more

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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


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