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Dr. Addagada Rao
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Can black mold cause cancer?

Can black mold cause cancer?

yes possible: Aspergillus species ( moulds ) will produce produce aflatoxins , usual source is crops like corn pea nuts by ingestion ( eating )can cause liver cancers ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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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


Dr. Al Hegab
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10 years exposure of toxic black mold.suffer from all kinds of symptoms. Lately really bad breathing with chestpain, blue clubbing nails. lung Cancer?

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

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. John Chiu
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Can black mold cause anaphalatic shock?

Can black mold cause anaphalatic shock?

Rare but possible: It can be any type of mold you are allergic to. On the other hand, I have only seen one single case of anaphylaxis from mold exposure in several decades of practice. That involved a mold-allergic patient who was spreading steer manure as a fertilizer. When we cultured the fertilizer she used , huge amount of mold growth was found. And that's no bull. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Wasserman
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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?

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

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Dr. Dareen Siri
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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes black mold in your home?

Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes black mold in your home?

Mold in the home: There are many types of mold and many of them are black. Mold spores are everywhere and a part of life on earth. Excess growth of mold in the home usual comes from an area of water penetration coupled with stagnation of that moisture (lack of appropriate ventilation or airflow). Fixing the problem requires removal of the water source/leakage and/or improving ventilation. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Engel
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Is it possible that itp in a child be caused by black mold?

Unlikely,,,: Typically, itp follows a viral syndrome, and during convalescence for that process the patient developes bleeding and bruising. Exposure to black mold is unlikely to ppt itp. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Martin Raff
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I have calcications all over or in my lungs can black mold cause this?

I have calcications all over or in my lungs can black mold cause this?

Unlikely: Calcifications usually occur with chronic inflammation, with some causes more prone to doing that. One common cause for foci of calcific granulomas is histoplasmosis. Very few if any people with normal immune systems develop infections with diatomaceous fungi (black molds), and this is usually complained of as a cause of environmental contamination and the subject of lawsuits. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Green
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Can household black mold cause gastroenteritis?

Can household black mold cause gastroenteritis?

Unlikely: Exposure to indoor mold is more likely to cause respiratory symptoms (coughing, wheezing, runny nose, sneezing, etc) in allergic individuals. Gastrointestinal symptoms are unlikely. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more


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