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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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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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?

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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I've lived in my apt 8 years just found a black mold spot under sink we don't use are me and my baby going to die from it or cancer please help me?

No, don't worry: The most common black mold symptoms and health effects are associated with a respiratory response. Chronic coughing and sneezing, irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat, rashes, chronic fatigue and persistent headaches can all be symptomatic of black mold exposure or black mold poisoning. If the area is very small, wear a mask and clean with a chlorine spray. ...Read more

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I've lived here for 8years I never use my half bath but for some reason I went under the csbiet and saw a big black mold spot can we die from cancer

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
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I've lived here for 8years I never use my half bath but for some reason I went under the csbiet and saw a big black mold spot can we die from cancer

Highly unlikely: Although having been exposed to molds can cause some people illnesses, there is no proof that your type of exposure is associated with cancer. Nonetheless the damage needs be repaired. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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Can black mold cause pneumonia and can it be confused with other type and not be cured because the proper medicine is not being used. Help?

Can black mold cause pneumonia and can it be confused with other type and not be cured because the proper medicine is not being used. Help?

Not likely: Exposure to a high level of mold may cause a pneumonitis or inflammatory condition of the lungs but this is very uncommon. Mold on your house may trigger allergies but it's unlikely to pneumonia in the truest sense. As far as differing from other mods, you have to ask a mycologist! ...Read more

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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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Can black mold cause pancreatitis? Help please?

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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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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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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Can a very short period of time exposed to black mold cause noticeable health effects?

Can a very short period of time exposed to black mold cause noticeable health effects?

Mold: Mold is mostly black and not all is toxic black mold, stachybotris. A short time may not lead to long term health effects but may cause acute respiratory symptoms depends on extent of exposure ...Read more

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I have had going on 3 chest infections in one month, I do smoke about 7 a day. I have been treated twice, could black Mold cause this?

I have had going on 3 chest infections in one month, I do smoke about 7 a day. I have been treated twice, could black Mold cause this?

Well...: How about you start by giving up the cigarettes...
Cigarette smoking impairs the ability of lung infections to heal at a normal rate ...Read more

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Can black mold cause mental problems like depression?

Can black mold cause mental problems like depression?

Black mold: Toxic mold can produce neurotoxins that affect nerve cells in the brain, leading to mood swings, irritability, poor concentration, confusion, short attention span, dizziness, anxiety, depression, and hallucinations. ...Read more

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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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Can black mold cause rhinitis and allergic reaction? And what type of illness/symptoms could this induce?

Can black mold cause rhinitis and allergic reaction? And what type of illness/symptoms could this induce?

Many: If you are allergic, asthma, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, and rarely hives may develop. If you have an impaired immune system, you may have invasive fungal disease.
Some may develop allergic bronchopulmonary mycosis (with aspergillus being more common) manifested usually as steroid-resistant asthma.
Others hypersensitivity pneumonitis which when prolonged may cause permanent lung damage. ...Read more

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My daughter recently had a mastoidectomy should I be concerned that such a bad infection was caused by being around black mold and not knowing it.

My daughter recently had a mastoidectomy should I be concerned that such a bad infection was caused by being around black mold and not knowing it.

Doubtful: If there had been a mastoid infection caused by 'black mold' your doctor would have indicated that from the cultures or the pathology from the surgery. ...Read more

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My girlfriend died last week. She had autopsy done. It came back cause of death was phenomena. I found out afterwards there is black mold in room.

My girlfriend died last week. She had autopsy done. It came back cause of death was phenomena. I found out afterwards there is black mold in room.

Hypersensitivity pne: Although there are many causes for pneumonia which can lead to death among those with immunocompromised state (chemo, elderly, diabetic etc), one needs to consider hypersensitivity pneumonitis for those who have had heavy mold exposure. Rarely some may end up with fibrosis of the lung tissue impairing oxygen exchange. I am sorry about your loss. ...Read more

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Does black mold cause any psychiatric issues like depression?

Sadly, it may be so.: There are thousands of molds and many of them are black. Some molds will change color at different stages going from gray to black. Especially if you are sensitive, most molds in closed spaces, can be very harmful and there are many reports of mood swings amid lots of more common symptoms. It is definitely bad to have mold problems and since it's hard to get rid of mold, that sure is depressing! ...Read more

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How does black mold cause speech delay in toddlers?

How does black mold cause speech delay in toddlers?

Does it really?: Actually, I am not aware that there is any evidence that this occurs. If so please share with me the evidence. ...Read more

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Does black mold attack your immune system in way that may cause alopecia?

Does black mold attack your immune system in way that may cause alopecia?

Not normally: It may cause allergic reaction. Even though, it may not be the cause of alopecia, it needs to be fought seriously due to other health concerns. ...Read more

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Can black mold cause migraine, nervousness, anxiety and if exposed for 10 to 12 years before discovering mold long term effects?

Uncertain: The cdc advises that this type of mold typically causes more respiratory symptoms in susceptible patients, including nasal congestion, eye irritation, wheezing, and some skin irritation. Some people exposed to large amounts of the mold, like farmers, may have severe reactions including fever and shortness of breath. It does not advise on possible reactions of long term exposures. Talk to your doc. ...Read more

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Can black mold cause brain damage?

Not likely: Black mold causes allergic reactions and non-specific symptoms. See this site for more information.

http://www. Cdc. Gov/mold/stachy. Htm ...Read more

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Can black mold cause fatigue, fever and all over body achiness?

Unlikely: I am sure that it can but your symptoms sound much more similar to a viral infection. Have you been to an allergist for testing to molds? If not, this would be a logical alternative. But I still think a viral infection matches your symptoms much more closely. ...Read more

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Just found black mold in room. Son gets sick every 2 weeks and bf has itchy watery eyes and bad cough. Is all this caused by the mold?

Just found black mold in room. Son gets sick every 2 weeks and bf has itchy watery eyes and bad cough. Is all this caused by the mold?

Hard to say: Take him somewhere else for a few days to see if his symptoms persist. If they stop, then he is reacting to something in the room. Talk to his pediatrician about it. ...Read more

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I still have frequent urination after having been exposed to black mold, also caused ear fungus. What might I do to help my body detox?

No connection: Exposure to black mold does not cause urinary symptoms. Ear fungus, (I assume external ear canal) can happen in any person, particularly after wetting ear repeatedly. No need for detoxification, but see your physician to have your urine tested. There are many causes for frequent urination, including infection, certain diseases and even anxiety. So go and get checked out. ...Read more

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Can black mold or any other mold cause abnormally swollen glands that see painless? Really worried right now my ENT appointment is 3 weeks away

Can black mold or any other mold cause abnormally swollen glands that see painless? Really worried right now my ENT appointment is 3 weeks away

Lymph nodes can: Enlarge as a healthy response to many infectious processes including molds. That said, it would be a bit surprising to have large nodes in an otherwise healthy young man. ...Read more

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Can breathing mold spores cause you to get lymphoma or other cancers?

Probably not: A huge amount of study has gone into both the effect of inhaling mold spores (which range from harmless to serious), and to the epidemiology of malignant lymphoma. Nobody's made a connection. One mystery is why non-hodgkin's lymphomas are becoming more common -- since mold's been with us for ages, it seems unlikely that this is the answer to the puzzle. ...Read more

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I just ate black mold. What do I do?

I just ate black mold. What do I do?

Enjoy it: Hope it tasted good. Shouldn't bother you due to stomach acid killing it. Please don't fall for the "black mold hoax" - junk science. ...Read more

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How possible is black mold to hurt me?

Not likely: There is a lot of fear about black mold lately. Much of it is exagerated. The best way I can help is to refer to you this reliable resource.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/mold/stachy. Htm

If you have respiratory symptoms around mold you may be allergic to it. An allergy evaluation can help. ...Read more

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I think I ate black mold, what do I do?

Probably nothing: Even if these molds produce toxins, you will have to eat a lot of them to get any toxic effect. If you are not sick by now (assuming you posted the question at least an hour after), you should be ok. In general, one should avoid spoiled food. ...Read more

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How does black mold effect you if you ingested?

Stomach upset: Ingesting moldy food can cause a stomach upset and diarrhea, but the symptoms should resolve on their own. ...Read more

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