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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

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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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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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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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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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