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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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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

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