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How Deadly Is Black Mold
Black mold: Depending on how much you inhaled it and if you have any lung diseases and or if you have any conditions that affect your immune system, it might cause lung related problems. However if you are healthy, you don't have any symptoms now, you would probably be fine. See a doctor and discuss about it if it still bothers you. ...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
Thieves Oils: Theives oil will kill all molds; but nothing will work well until the moisture problem is cleared up. This is a proprietary blend of essential oils of clove, rosemary, cinnamon, eucalyptus and lemon. Several studies have shown effectiveness in killing mold spores. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on Exposure: Transient exposure to a small amount of mold is likely not significant. Symptoms usually only occur with very high levels of exposure like in an occupational setting. "Silo-unloader's disease" or "grain fever syndrome" has been described in workers exposed to large quantities of fungal material while cleaning silos but illness is typically self limited and workers recover without lung impairment. ...Read more
Stop worrying: Black mold is very common, and after 20 years of internet scare stories, the scientific community has still not identified any believable syndrome. Most of us think that the business is being kept going by tort lawyers and big-money mold-removal corporations. People with vague / psychosomatic complaints are urged to blame "black mold", and the big losers are ordinary, decent people. ...Read more
Varies: Depends on what the symptoms are. The so-called microbial volatile organic compounds which give you the musty odor may irritate your nose, eyes, and lungs nearly instantly.The allergic sensitization may takes days or months to develop causing hay fever, asthma, , sinus. eye and other symptoms. Recurrent pneumonia or even permanent lung scarring may occur in some people. ...Read more
Black Mold: Very hard to tell what type of mold it is by just looking at it. There are lots of different molds out there that can have a dark or black color. The best way to identify is to have experts take samples to determine what mold you are dealing with. ...Read more
Forgadaboutit: Avoidance is the only answer , there is no known effective de-tox program and a seriously toxic reaction to molds usually happens after extremely high exposure usually in an occupational environment and rarely if ever in the home environment. ...Read more
A good shower: The toxic effects from molds are often over-exaggerated . A good shower will often take care of it in your situation if that was just a single exposure in an office or home. ...Read more
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