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Dr. Mary Ray
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Exposed To Mold (Overview)

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, and allergic fungal sinusitis.


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Can being exposed to mold cause schizophrenia?

Can being exposed to mold cause schizophrenia?

Not as far as I know: I have never heard of any studies connecting schizophrenia to mold exposure. ...Read more

Dr. Mary Ray
158 doctors shared insights

Exposed To Mold (Overview)

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, and allergic fungal sinusitis.


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If I am exposed to mold at work, how can I protect myself?

Work Mold Exposure: Molds are ubiquitous in outdoor air and therefore easily get indoors as well. They grow on most organic matter, especially in moist conditions. Allergic workers experiencing respiratory symptoms should identify possible mold sources, request moving to an area away from mold, and consult a physician regarding medications to control allergies. Allergy injections also help keep symptoms in check. ...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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What treatments are there to help health related issues from long term black mold exposure?

What treatments are there to help health related issues from long term black mold exposure?

Evidence lacking : Unfortunately, there is not a body of scientific evidence to support the concept that exposure to black mold causes specific symptoms or diseases. When I have a patient who believes they have this problem, i check them for mold allergies and encourage them to get their exposure problem resolved. I also check them for chronic infections and if they have those, i check immune function. ...Read more

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Can my child get sick when exposed to mold and dust?

Can my child get sick when exposed to mold and dust?

Could be: It could cause problems depending on many factors. Mold load, sensitivity/allergy to molds, the intact of the immune system all play into its pathology. That means if you are allergic to that particular mold and you expose to them, you can get sick like getting a runny nose or asthma flare. In patients with aids and a weak immune system, exposure to high level of molds can cause invasive infection. ...Read more

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If I am exposed to mold at work, how can I protect myself?

Work Mold Exposure: Molds are ubiquitous in outdoor air and therefore easily get indoors as well. They grow on most organic matter, especially in moist conditions. Allergic workers experiencing respiratory symptoms should identify possible mold sources, request moving to an area away from mold, and consult a physician regarding medications to control allergies. Allergy injections also help keep symptoms in check. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: exposed to mold?

What is the definition or description of: exposed to mold?

Mold is ubquitous: 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, and allergic fungal sinusitis. ...Read more

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Are there any symptoms i might have if I've been exposed to mold?

Are there any symptoms i might have if I've been exposed to mold?

Allergy consult: The toxic effects from black moldt exposure are often exaggerated. A certain percentage of people exposed to it may develop asthma, hay fever, sinus infections 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. Do note that not all people become ill after mold exposure. ...Read more

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Could you answer if it is bad for you to be exposed to mold daily?

Could you answer if it is bad for you to be exposed to mold daily?

Mold exposure: It would be hard to tell. We have been living in the environment with lots of aero allergens and pathogens and not all of us responds to the exposure the same way. It also depends on the exposure load too. You might not have any problems. You might get sensitized or allergies to the molds, or get an invasive lung infection. If you already have environmental allergies, you should avoid it. ...Read more

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How do u know if uve been exposed to mold in ur home? How do u know if ur getting sick from it?

See doctor: Mold-infested residence usually but not always has a musty odor and/or visible damage. Since not all people get sick from the exposure, you will need to consult an allergist who is knowledgeable on this subject to assess the relationship of your illnesses to the exposure. ...Read more

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Can my child get sick when exposed to mold and dust?

Could be: It could cause problems depending on many factors. Mold load, sensitivity/allergy to molds, the intact of the immune system all play into its pathology. That means if you are allergic to that particular mold and you expose to them, you can get sick like getting a runny nose or asthma flare. In patients with aids and a weak immune system, exposure to high level of molds can cause invasive infection. ...Read more

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Could being exposed to mold cause schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia: Exposure to mold can cause several difficulties but I have never heard of anyone developing this serious disorder because of mold exposure. Best. ...Read more

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Can being exposed to mold cause schizophrenia?

Not as far as I know: I have never heard of any studies connecting schizophrenia to mold exposure. ...Read more

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How to know if you been exposed to mold spores?

Always exposed: Fungal spores (mold) are normally found in the air outside and inside houses. In humid areas, such as Dallas, fungal spores can range into more than 10,000 per cubic meter. In arid areas, such as the southwest deserts, they usually do not exceed 2000. Problems arise when people are allergic to mold or have water damage in the house leading to extreme increases of mold inside. www.aaaai.org ...Read more

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What kind of lab tests do you need to see if you have been exposed to mold?

Mold antibodies.: There are blood tests for antibodies to,various mold species. These would tell us if you were exposed to any of them, or at least if you're allergic to such. ...Read more

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I was exposed to mold spores at work, and now i'm sick. Can I ask for sick pay or lost wages?

I was exposed to mold spores at work, and now i'm sick. Can I ask for sick pay or lost wages?

Yes: Assuming you can prove this occured on the job; then it should be covered under worker's compensation. Check with your hr person at work. ...Read more

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I'm having liquid come out of both ends and no reason why. i was exposed to mold and I'm wondering if it may be the cause?

No: Can I assume you are talking about vomiting and diarrhea? I see no reason to attribute this to mold exposure unless you ingested it. The most likely cause is viral gastroenteritis which should resolve on it's own in 3 days or even food poisoning. Seek help if your symptoms are severe, have abdominal pain or dehydration. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if your body is exposed to mold for a long period of time?

Could you tell me what happens if your body is exposed to mold for a long period of time?

Fungus: Mold and fungi are the most prevalent living thing on the planet. We are all exposed to mold in some form at all times. Most often it causes no harmful effects and can even be important for our health such as yeast used to ferment alcohol and raise bread or make cheeses. Other times it may take advantage of us like athletes foot or candida yeast infection. Allergy or infection can also occur. ...Read more

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I was exposed to mold for about a year, got away from mold got worse chronic cough now stringy yellowish stuff. What could this be?

I was exposed to mold for about a year, got away from mold got worse chronic cough now stringy yellowish stuff. What could this be?

Need more info: Anybody with a chronic cough should be seen by a doctor and fully evaluated. There may be some form of infection, non-infectious inflammation, tumor, or other. Please find a good primary care physician and get a detailed history and exam. ...Read more