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Dr. Addagada Rao
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Can black mold cause cancer?

Dr. Addagada Rao
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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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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that occur in almost any organ or tissue in the body. Symptoms depend on the location of the cancer, and cancer often has the potential to grow and spread to other ...Read more


Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
44 years in practice
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So worried can touching black mold if you wash hands about 2 minutes later cause cancer? Also cn shaving over a mole if doesn't bleed/ not irritated?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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So worried can touching black mold if you wash hands about 2 minutes later cause cancer? Also cn shaving  over a mole if doesn't bleed/ not irritated?

See below: The situation you described for the black mold, will not cause cancer. The mole is not easy to comment on. You should watch it and if there is any change in size, shape, color, nodularity or bleeding, it would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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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?

Dr. Al Hegab
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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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?

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. John Chiu
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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Can black mold cause anaphalatic shock?

Dr. John Chiu
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
52 years in practice
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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. Gregory Hines
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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I moved into a apartmnt a few months ago and noticed they have build up black mold located in the shower can that cause chronic upper respitry inftcns?

Dr. Gregory Hines
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I moved into a apartmnt a few months ago and noticed they have build up black mold located in the shower can that cause chronic upper respitry inftcns?

Possibly: Mold and fungus can cause chronic infections, but given that you can see it, then use a bleach solution to sterilize it. ...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?

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?

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. Thomas Josa
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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Can black mold cause pancreatitis? Help please?

Dr. Thomas Josa
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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Doubt it: Black mold gets blamed for a lot of conditions but unfortunately scientific confirmation is lacking. There are other more likely causes for this often very painful condition. ...Read more

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Dr. Dareen Siri
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes black mold in your home?

Dr. Dareen Siri
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
16 years in practice
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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
Board Certified, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
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Is it possible that itp in a child be caused by black mold?

Dr. Michael Engel
Board Certified, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
15 years in practice
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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
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Does black mold ever cause schizophrenia in children?

Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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No: Not black mold, nor any other organisms, have been found to cause schizophrenia. ...Read more

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