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What are the effects of black mold exposure?

What are the effects of black mold exposure?

Basically none: Despite all the hoopla, most physicians believe these fears are generated by tort lawyers and big-money mold-removal companies. People with nondescript / vague symptoms are encouraged to blame them on "black mold". The public are the real losers. ...Read more

Dr. Mary Ray
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Exposed To Mold (Definition)

Mold is also known as fungus or in some cases yeast. Fungal spores are very small and tend to be found in compost, barns/farms, hay, grass and damp basements. Some fungal spores are more likely to be associated with "dry" v. "wet" environments. When inhaled, mold spores can lead to many disorders including asthma, allergic rhinitis, hypersensitivty pneumonitis, ...Read more


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Does effects of long term mold exposure go away on its own, or is medication/treatment nessesary?

Does effects of long term mold exposure go away on its own, or is medication/treatment nessesary?

Need Treatment: If you have had mold exposure, and feel any symptoms of that it is important to get treatment immediately. Exposure to mold can lead to fungal infections. This requires anti-fungal medication for effective clearance of the fungus. If left untreated there can be serious complications as well as spread of the infection to other areas of the body, depending on the infectious fungus. ...Read more

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Why is mold exposure dangerous?

Why is mold exposure dangerous?

Allergy: Fears over "black mold" exposure have made lawyers rich but I do not know a single pathologist who believes there's a real, definable disease from this particular species. However, quite a few people are allergic to spores of molds and bacteria, and these can produce either "hay fever" type problems or a treacherous hypersensitivity pneumonitis. It's best to keep molds under control, but not panic ...Read more

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How can you tell if you’ve had mold exposure?

How can you tell if you’ve had mold exposure?

Look for "Mildew": Look for areas of water leakage, or poor water drainage, which would promote mold growth. Look for mildew stains and/or a "musty" smell. Clinical symptoms can vary from dizziness, mental "fogginess", upper and lower respiratory symptoms, tiredness, headaches and dizziness. If your suspicions are high you should consider hiring a reputable mold testing specialist and performing remediation. ...Read more

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How long would it take until the onset of symptoms from mold exposure?

Mold exposure: The symptoms vary depending on several factors: if the person is allergic to mold or not, the type of mold and the amount of mold exposed to. Symptoms can vary also from respiratory symptoms to more complex symptoms. This is a vague question to answer. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of mold exposure especially when one is allergic to it?

What are the symptoms of mold exposure especially when one is allergic to it?

Varies:: nasal/head congestion, watery eyes, cough, , sneezing attacks and asthma, just for openers. I suggest formal allergy testing and immunization. ...Read more

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How do you treat black mold exposure?

Avoid it: If a person is allergic to it, there are medictaions such as inhaled or oral steroids as well as antihistamines and leukotriene inhibitors. However of the patient has not sensitivity of allergy to mold there will likely be no consequence for exposure. ...Read more

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Black toxic mold exposure, what to do?

Debunked?: I believe the concerns about toxic mold have been debunked. We do, however, see cases of severe asthma with fungal sensitivity and fungi can contribute to chronic rhinosinusitis in various ways. If you are not symptomatic, then clean the mold and forget it. If you are having some respiratory or nasal symptoms, you may consult an Allergist for evaluation and testing. ...Read more

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Could mold exposure lead to accute myositis?

Unknown: There is no study that directly links the two, so you should see your regular doctor to rule out other conditions that may cause acute myositis. ...Read more

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Can mold exposure eventually lead to accute myositis?

Possibly: There are many (hundreds, thousands) types of mold. Many molds excrete substances which can be toxic to various body systems, of which skeletal muscle is one. ...Read more

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Can costochondritis be caused by mold exposure in home?

Can costochondritis be caused by mold exposure in home?

BELOW: Could be caused by coughing or sneezing but not by just having exposure to mold ...Read more

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Can anybody tell me how long the affects of black mold exposure typically last?

Varies: This would vary depending on the sensitivity of the person involved with the dose of the exposue being a factor as well. I would expect that removal of all exposure to the black mold as well as providing for elimination of other inciting factors such as dust, dustmites for symptoms to be resolved within 2 to 4 weeks if not sooner. ...Read more

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What are the health risk of mold exposure? How much mold exposure is considered hazardous?

Mold: Mold exposure depends on the duration of exposure, there is no set level that determines a dangerous or hazardous level but chronic exposure can lead to respiratory problems. ...Read more

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What's a more efficient text that I can take for the black mold exposure? Thanks you! I'm really sick and trying to get some answers.

What's a more efficient text that I can take for the black mold exposure? Thanks you! I'm really sick and trying to get some answers.

Allergy consult: The toxic effects from "black mold"exposure are often exaggerated. A certain percentage of people exposed to it may develop asthma, hay fever, sinus infections recurrent pneumonia and etc. The best treatment is to move out of the place where the black mold has been found until the problem has been fixed. If problem continues, see an allergist who can help you in pinpointing the cause and Rx. ...Read more

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Could mold exposure cause constant fatigue?

Mold: This is a complicated question, depends on the level and time of exposure and if you are allergic to mold or not. I suggest you look for other causes first. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what allergies are caused by mold exposure?

Several disorders: Exposure to molds (fungus) can trigger seasonal or year round allergic rhinitis or nasal allergies as well as asthma. Mold can trigger "Allergic Fungal Sinusitis" where mold growth expands the nasal sinuses and also colonize the lungs of patients with asthma called Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis. Also molds can trigger hypersensitivity pneumonitis--lung inflammation like pneumonia! ...Read more

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Can black mold exposure cause symptoms of celiac disease in a person?

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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After indoor m mold exposure for a week, how long will it take for me to recover from mold allergy in my case?

After indoor m mold exposure for a week, how long will it take for me to recover from mold allergy in my case?

Symptoms or sensitiv: Once you have become sensitized allergically, you will like remain so for a long time although the degree of the sensitivity may decline with time. On the other hand, your allergy symptoms should subside within days or at most weeks after cessation of exposure which may not be totally possible since the same mold spores, although in much smaller quantities, are usually found in the air. ...Read more