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How Should We Contain Black Mold That Is Growing In Our House
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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