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How should we contain black mold that is growing in our house?

How should we contain black mold that is growing in our house?

Find the source: Try and find the source first, and fix that problem first. There are also companies which will come and evaluate your home and help you take care of the problem. ...Read more

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Black Mold (Definition)

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


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Should we contain black mold that is growing in our house?

Should we contain black mold that is growing in our house?

Yes: You should try and contain any mold in the house as mold can be a trigger for asthma and allergies. ...Read more

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Is black mold that is forming in our house safe?

Is black mold that is forming in our house safe?

No: Mold should not be growing in your home. There are several molds that are black in color and all could potentially cause human illness either as an allergen or a respiratory irritant for others. If mold is seen on a wall this often is due to a water leak from a hidden pipe and might require removal of the sheetrock to determine the source. ...Read more

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What will mold in my house do to me? What are the health effects of black mold in the house? I have some black mold in my home, which i can't seem to eradicate completely with any level of cleaning.

What will mold in my house do to me? What are the health effects of black mold in the house?  I have some black mold in my home, which i can't seem to eradicate completely with any level of cleaning.

Respiratory probs: Generaly mold causes respiratory problems, such as runny and congested nose and sometimes asthma. Some individuals also develop sinus disease. Not all black mold is stachybotris, the dangerous mold. Apply bleach to all mold you see and keep the area dry. Mold thrives on humidity, get an dehumidifier and turn it on all the time to dry up the area that grows mold. ...Read more

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Why is black mold dangerous to have in your household?

Why is black mold dangerous to have in your household?

Controversial topic: The data on "black mold" is very controversial. There is data that says it is a problem and data that says it is not. In general, the presence of mold suggests a water or moisture problem that needs to be addressed. ...Read more

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We have black mold in our bathroom and a handyman is going to replace the entire shower soon. Is it dangerous to use the bathroom until then?

We have black mold in our bathroom and a handyman is going to replace the entire shower soon. Is it dangerous to use the bathroom until then?

Mold: Most mold is black , but not all black mold is stachybotris, the dangerous one. If you see mold, spray bleach on ituntil it is removed. ...Read more

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Hello,like we wash our veggies to avoid pesticides is there any way to avoid pest in our tea like in green tea of tetley or is it fine?

Hello,like we wash our veggies to avoid pesticides is there any way to avoid pest in our tea like in green tea of tetley or is it fine?

You can pour some: hot water over the tea leaves to wash them. Drain the water and then add more hot water to actually brew the tea. Peace and good health. This is what is done in China. They even wash and warm the pot and cups this way first. ...Read more

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My house was built in 1957 and has the white ceiling tiles that I fear may contain asbestos, Anything I can do to stay healthy?

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My house was built in 1957 and has the white ceiling tiles that I fear may contain asbestos, Anything I can do to stay healthy?

Leave them alone: asbestos building materials are not a risk to health as long as they are intact and not disturbed. It is reasonable to assume that acoustic tiles from the 1950's contain asbestos. When you are ready to remove them you should contact a professional company that does asbestos remediation. ...Read more

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We have black mold in all the windows, bathroom tiles, and even in walls. Can't afford to fix this. What can we do?

Bleach: You can spray bleach on all areas where you see mold, keep the area dry, vent it out and if possible fix the leaky windows. ...Read more

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I know fumigations are toxic to humans but what about gel based roach killers are these toxic as they are all over house is the house safe to live in?

I know fumigations are toxic to humans but what about gel based roach killers are these toxic as they are all over house is the house safe to live in?

Yes: Please think about this. Anybody can set up a disinformation website citing some junk-science to claim that something is making you sick and there is a conspiracy not to tel you. A lifetime in science has taught me that the process works -- if these claims were real, individuals would buil their careers proving it. Move back into your house. ...Read more

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Is it true that we are exposed to radiation all the time? That its in the air? Isn't that harmful? How to avoid it??

Is it true that we are exposed to radiation all the time? That its in the air? Isn't that harmful? How to avoid it??

Low level exposure: is always present from the earth's rocks, and topography, but not when manmade events occur like Fukushima. Please post when you are 17 YO, and discuss this with your parents, and pediatrician to get the most up to date info. Thanks! ...Read more

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If we have had mould in our house before, but we no longer live in that house, will the furniture and other objects still be infected? And my health?

If we have had mould in our house before, but we no longer live in that house, will the furniture and other objects still be infected? And my health?

Possibly: Mold damaged and water damaged materials can be the source of mold spores or mycotoxins. You should have your furniture and other items checked for mold if you are suspicious. ...Read more

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If we have a child in the house, which indoor and outdoor plants should we avoid?

If we have a child in the house, which indoor and outdoor plants should we avoid?

Yes: Do not allow your child to be in contact with any plants. They should all be out of reach or contact. ...Read more

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Is it true that eating animal proteins can cause cancer & that the cancer industries want us to remain sick in order to keep making millions off of us?

Is it true that eating animal proteins can cause cancer & that the cancer industries want us to remain sick in order to keep making millions off of us?

Cynical view point: Humans need some animal proteins, (note that milk, including mother's milk, is an animal protein) as a source of vitamin B12. If you take supplemental vitamin B12 and vitamin D, you do not need to eat animal proteins. If you believe animal proteins cause cancer, do not eat meat! ...Read more

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3 little dogs go potty in the house every day. There is an awful smell because of it. Will that harm someone's lungs that has pneaumonia.

3 little dogs go potty in the house every day. There is an awful smell because of it. Will that harm someone's lungs that has pneaumonia.

No: The smell of dogs bowel movements should not truly affect pneumonia, but in and of itself, sound somewhat unsanitary. You may want to get a better system in place to confine the dog poop and curtail the smell as well. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Found black mold in room of my 1week old baby. Is simply moving to another mold free room a long/short term solution. We plan to move house next month?

Found black mold in room of my 1week old baby. Is simply moving to another mold free room a long/short term solution. We plan to move house next month?

Black mold: Use NIOSH 95 mask that can filter particles,and gloves clean with Tilex ( if is > 3 square feet call a professional), move the baby, try an air purifier in baby's room ( Home depot SPT magic ~ 60 dollars). Consider dehumidifier as mold grow in higher humidity> 70 %. Discuss with the pediatrician http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/en/consumer/buildings/basics/moldgrowth.htm ...Read more

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Why is that some of us have cherry allergies? What's in them that our body can't take it.?

Why is that some of us have cherry allergies? What's in them that our body can't take it.?

Reaction to fruit?: Food intolerance is common, variable, and individual and may even include such innocuous ingestants as water. Reference: elaine shimberg, "relief from ibs". However, with specific reference to cherries, there is a low potential for sensitization through skin contact with the juice of the fruit or the volatile oil. ...Read more

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How should we contain black mold that is growing in our house?

Find the source: Try and find the source first, and fix that problem first. There are also companies which will come and evaluate your home and help you take care of the problem. ...Read more

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Should we contain black mold that is growing in our house?

Yes: You should try and contain any mold in the house as mold can be a trigger for asthma and allergies. ...Read more

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Who should I contact if I see black mold growing in our house?

Mold treatment: To find a company that will do mold remediation, google "mold remediation" then enter a comma followed by your zip code. Look for a company that has good consumer reviews and possibly a member of the better businesss bureau. If expensive repairs are recommended get a second opinion. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous companies will offer unneeded services, especially if mold in in your ac/ hvac. ...Read more

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What are the health problems and symptoms of living in a home with black mold? My aunt lives in a house with black mold growing on her garage ceiling. She's recently had unexplained weight gain, tremors in her hands and complains of bumps on her neck and

Black : Black mold can cause a variety of health issues, and it should be removed by a professional right away. The most common symptoms are breathing problems (cough, shortness of breath) muscle aches, allergy symptoms(i.e. Sneezing, hives), nausea, and rash. There have been some cases where mold can cause tremors. You aunt should be seen by her primary care provider who will likely perform diagnostic testing, and provide the necessary referals. Don't forget the house should be inspected, and the mold removed as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Is black mold that is forming in our house safe?

No: Mold should not be growing in your home. There are several molds that are black in color and all could potentially cause human illness either as an allergen or a respiratory irritant for others. If mold is seen on a wall this often is due to a water leak from a hidden pipe and might require removal of the sheetrock to determine the source. ...Read more

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Why is black mold dangerous to have in your household?

Controversial topic: The data on "black mold" is very controversial. There is data that says it is a problem and data that says it is not. In general, the presence of mold suggests a water or moisture problem that needs to be addressed. ...Read more

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What should you do if you find black mold in your house?

Mold clean up: While most people don't have severe ill effects from mold, it is always best to clean it up. This includes finding the water source that contributed--leaky pipe, roof, poor ventilation, flood, etc. If drywall is affected, it should be replaced. A good ethical contractor can make sure it is done right. Fixing the reason for the mold issue is the most important, so it does not continue. ...Read more

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The black mold in my house is causing me health problems. How do I remove it?

Mold abatement: Hire a professional company to get rid of the mold. Specialized equipment and chemicals are required. They will be able to test and make sure there are no lingering spores when they finish. ...Read more

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How can one go about proving black mold in one's rented house in edm, alb, can?

Kits: There are kits available that you can buy to measure the mold that you find in your house or you can hire a professional to come out and test it. These kits are available online or in your local hardware store typically. ...Read more

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I have black mold in my house, and im not sure if im suffering from symptoms?.How would i know?

Agree With Above: Some studies reviewing patients with black mold related illness have found that most patients have multiple other health problems that cause their symptoms not their mold exposure. Also mold testing companies often do inadequate testing, not comparing indoor and outdoor levels on the same day. If you are concerned see an allergy specialist. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a very serious black mold problem in my house how does it effect my health?

I don't believe it: After twenty years of internet scare stories, the scientific community has not identified any syndrome affecting anyone in reasonably good health resulting from black mold. Most of us think the business is driven by tort lawyers and big-money mold removal companies. People with vague / psychosomatic complaints are urged to blame "black mold", and the real losers are the public. ...Read more

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What will mold in my house do to me? What are the health effects of black mold in the house? I have some black mold in my home, which i can't seem to eradicate completely with any level of cleaning.

Respiratory probs: Generaly mold causes respiratory problems, such as runny and congested nose and sometimes asthma. Some individuals also develop sinus disease. Not all black mold is stachybotris, the dangerous mold. Apply bleach to all mold you see and keep the area dry. Mold thrives on humidity, get an dehumidifier and turn it on all the time to dry up the area that grows mold. ...Read more

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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes black mold in your home?

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

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My neighbor has black mold in his house and was just told he has lukimeia(cml). Could there be a connection between the two?

My neighbor has black mold in his house and was just told he has lukimeia(cml). Could there be a connection between the two?

Mold not cause: Molds grow in damp places, can cause symptoms: nose, throat, and chest. Some make a poison (mycotoxin), most don’t. Air exposure not severe except for people with allergies, asthma, lung diseases, and immune deficiency. Don’t swallow molds. Clean up carefully. Reliable sources 1) general: https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm 2) hurricane: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5508a1.htm ...Read more

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Im pretty sure the black mold growing in my room is Stachybotrys, ive been exposed to it for about a month now, what should I do?

Stop worrying: In my opinion, the black mold business is the invention of lawyers and scaremongers. I've reviewed the claims of "neurotoxins" a few months ago and was unimpressed. The vast majority of scientific opinion is with me on this. You're a grown man now and you can clean your own room -- and ignore internet stuff intended to terrify you. ...Read more

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Can household black mold cause gastroenteritis?

Unlikely: Exposure to indoor mold is more likely to cause respiratory symptoms (coughing, wheezing, runny nose, sneezing, etc) in allergic individuals. Gastrointestinal symptoms are unlikely. ...Read more

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Was cleaning an apartment with black mold and dead cockroaches, how should I safeguard against any diseases from this?

Was cleaning an apartment with black mold and dead cockroaches, how should I safeguard against any diseases from this?

Cleaning mold/roach: If you do this for a job, please check in with your employer about safety precautions. For the casual home owner, i would recommend eye protection, proper footwear, gloves, and an n95 particulate mask that will filter out most inhalants. Immediate shower and change of clothes afterward is recommended. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for my three Years old Son / us to live in a house with black mold? Wat is meant by longterm exposure: a day, Several weeks / months?

Depends: There are dozens of mold species that are dark or black in appearance. Only one, the Stachybotrys has a predictable toxic effect on anyone (unless you have non-specific allergies to many molds). Unless you know the type of mold, we cannot speculate on the safety of any exposure. ...Read more

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Found black mold in room of my 1week old baby. Is simply moving to another mold free room a long/short term solution. We plan to move house next month?

Black mold: Use NIOSH 95 mask that can filter particles,and gloves clean with Tilex ( if is > 3 square feet call a professional), move the baby, try an air purifier in baby's room ( Home depot SPT magic ~ 60 dollars). Consider dehumidifier as mold grow in higher humidity> 70 %. Discuss with the pediatrician http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/en/consumer/buildings/basics/moldgrowth.htm ...Read more