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Can Black Mold Cause Pneumonia
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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?
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
Rub with a wet cloth: Get it checked by a dentist or a pediatrician. ...Read more
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
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
Can black mold cause rhinitis and allergic reaction? And what type of illness/symptoms could this induce?
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
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 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
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
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
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
Can black mold or any other mold cause your glands to swell up and your throat to look like strep?
No: They should not.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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?
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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