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Doctor insights on: Is Penicillium Mold Dangerous

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Aspergillus/Penicillium mold in home fort past 15 years. What health effects should i be concerned about & can it be treated & are any fatal?

Aspergillus/Penicillium mold in home fort past 15 years. What health effects should i be concerned about & can it be treated & are any fatal?

Many , yes, no: You may have no or many problems from this. If you're allergic to molds you'll get sinus symptoms, asthma etc. Even if not allergic is there is a lot of mold you may get toxic from mold spores causing fatigue, headaches, muscle/joint pain, poor memory/concentration etc.
Most can clear mold toxins so feel better after a few days away. 1/4 can't clear toxins so need Rx. See https://tinyurl.com/9vvdfoe ...Read more

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I am allergic to amoxicillin. Is it safe for me to eat cheeses that contain penicillium mold?

I am allergic to amoxicillin. Is it safe for me to eat cheeses that contain penicillium mold?

Good question: Better be cautious, even if you consumed the blue cheese before, but mind you, allergy to amoxicllin, or to any drug, at times is rather a side effect not a true allergy, rash developing if you have viral illness and receive amoxicllin can be interpreted as allergic reaction, at any rate, try to avoid the blue cheese, keep an antihistaminic and an epinephrine pen handy, till you see an allergist ...Read more

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Can someone describe the relationship between candida and mold exposure such as mycotoxins and aspergillus/penicillium?

Can someone describe the relationship between candida and mold exposure such as mycotoxins and aspergillus/penicillium?

None, really: Not sure to what you're referring. Exposure to mycotoxins or asp/pcn does not increase the risk of candida infection, and vice versa. ...Read more

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I have bad asthma, was told by pcp that I have penicillium mold infection in lungs. How do I treat this which kind of dr should I see.?

I have bad asthma, was told by pcp that I have penicillium mold infection in lungs. How do I treat this which kind of dr should I see.?

Aspergillosis...: An antifungal agent such as itraconazole (sporanox) or voriconazole (vfend) will liely be prescribed. A specalist in either infectious diseases or a pulmonologist will be consulted in your care. ...Read more

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I have been exposed to aspergillius, cladosrorium, and pennicillium mold long term. And now that I am away my smell is sensitive... Is my body healing?

I have been exposed to aspergillius, cladosrorium, and pennicillium mold long term. And now that I am away my smell is sensitive... Is my body healing?

Not sure: Mold can cause allergies in people sensitized so it would depend on your allergic sensitization. Otherwise, if you are not allergic to them then it is hard to predict how being around it or away from it would affect you. ...Read more

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Does aspergillus penicillium affect kids?

Does aspergillus penicillium affect kids?

If allergic, yes: Aspergillus and penicillium molds (fungi) are very common and pose no threat to the healthy person. People prone to allergies can develop allergic disorders to these molds including allergic rhinitis, asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, abpa. Persons with poor immunity (immune suppressed or compromised) can be at risk for infections. ...Read more

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Help can aspergillus penicillium affect kids negatively?

Help can aspergillus penicillium affect kids negatively?

Depends: If kids are allergic to it or if there are excessively high levels in your home than it can cause problems. If it is incidentally present in your home at levels lower than outdoors, than it is probably not worrisome. If you are really concerned see a board certified allergist. ...Read more

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I have what I consider a large amount of aspergillus/penicillium in my house and I have young kids. What are the health risks if we are healthy?

I have what I consider a large amount of aspergillus/penicillium in my house and I have young kids. What are the health risks if we are healthy?

Molds: Are ubiquitous, especially aspergillus and penicillium, present indoors and outdoors. If you believe u got an overload, you may want to clean your environment and keep it dry as much as you can. As for health effects, we are all exposed, the problem develops when our immune system can't have it anymore and starts reacting, this happens even with expected loads of molds present around us, wish u wellness ...Read more

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I was exposed to penicillium aspergillus (they can't distinguish between them) what are the chances I was exposed to carcinogens?

I was exposed to penicillium aspergillus (they can't distinguish between them) what are the chances I was exposed to carcinogens?

Listen friend: Please forgive my frankness. There are carcinogens everywhere. They're in your stool. They're in the natural radioactivity of your own body. It's a fact of life. These molds are ubiquitous. People who eat a lot of very moldy peanuts are at extra risk for liver cancer. You're not. And you'll spoil the quality of your own life by reading "scare" stuff and not living fully. Don't do this to yourself ...Read more

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I was exposed over a period of 9 months to aspergillus/penicillium. My lungs are fine but I'm worried about the possible carcinogenic effects. Thanks?

I was exposed over a period of 9 months to aspergillus/penicillium.  My lungs are fine but I'm worried about the possible carcinogenic effects. Thanks?

Don't worry: Those molds are ubiquitous, indoors and outdoors, we are all exposed, some people develop hypersensitivity to their spores of different degrees, hence the development of allergy symptoms, or a reaction to colonization in certain individuals, which isn't your case. Aspergillus and penicillium are rather useful in some instances, in producing some antibiotics, best wishes ...Read more

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How dangerous is black mold?

How dangerous is black mold?

Black Mold Risks: Stachybotrys chartarum species of mold is called black mold.
Some people are sensitive to molds.
Symptoms of black mold exposure:
• Chronic coughing and sneezing • Irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat • rashes • Chronic fatigue • Persistent headaches In particularly severe cases of prolonged exposure, black mold health effects can be more dangerous. ...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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Is black (toxic) mold really as dangerous as they say?

Is black (toxic) mold really as dangerous as they say?

Allergy consult: The toxic effects from "black mold"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. ...Read more

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How would I know if mold found in my closet is dangerous?

Home depot: Home depot has a mold detection kit you may want to check out. ...Read more

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Why is mold exposure dangerous?

Allergy: Fears over "black mold" exposure have made lawyers rich but I do not know a single pathologist who believes there's a real, definable disease from this particular species. However, quite a few people are allergic to spores of molds and bacteria, and these can produce either "hay fever" type problems or a treacherous hypersensitivity pneumonitis. It's best to keep molds under control, but not panic ...Read more

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Slime mold dangerous or poisonous?

No known risk: Slime molds differ from the molds that grow on and behind walls and carpets. No known risk to humans or animals from slime molds. 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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My boyfriend lives in a building that we believe has black mold. It's actually visible. I usually am only there on the weekends. Exactly how dangerous is it for my health and his?

My boyfriend lives in a building that we believe has black mold. It's actually visible. I usually am only there on the weekends. Exactly how dangerous is it for my health and his?

Just unsanitary: For some people with respiratory problems, allergy or asthma this can be a concern. However, black mold is not a big a problem as people fear. More problems may arise from the dampness that supports the infestation or any chemicals used to clean it. It's a good idea to deal with excessive moisture though by addressing leaks, using dehumidifiers etc. Mold/fungi make 1/4 of the earth's biomass. ...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?

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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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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I have a mold allergy, how dangerous is it for me to clean the mold in my bathroom? Can you give me instructions on how I can safely remove the mold?

I have a mold allergy, how dangerous is it for me to clean the mold in my bathroom? Can you give me instructions on how I can safely remove the mold?

Not a good idea: Cleaning the molds out yourself may trigger a severe allergic response if you are allergic to the even with a mask. The most important step is stopping the source of moisture. For area under a square foot, Clorox may do the job but not adequate for particle board or dry wall already damaged. If this is from lack of ventilation, use a ceiling fan and/or open window in the bathroom ...Read more

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My bathroom sink has black mold in and a tiny droplet of water near the mould splatted on my lips and I ate after. Is this small amount dangerous?

No: What you described is not dangerous.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I use a humidifier filtered water but have noticed dark mineral residue/mold gather over time on my carpet. Is this dangerous to my health? Advice pls

I use a humidifier filtered water but have noticed dark mineral residue/mold gather over time on my carpet. Is this dangerous to my health? Advice pls

Yes, clean area: Yes sometimes the humidity promotes mold growth which can worsen allergies/asthma. I would thoroughly clean the carpet. I would also follow the instructions on the humidifier for cleaning the unit/filter. ...Read more

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~1yr black mold exposure unaware. Sinus symptoms 3 mo. Now had acute exposure; can nasal irrigation push spores deeper&risk dangerous fung infx? Or good2do?

Should be fine: Most sinus/respiratory symptoms related to mold exposure are due to an allergic type reaction as well as irritating toxins. Using irrigation to clear out the spores would help with both of these problems. Serious "invasive" fungal infections of the sinuses are rare and occur in people who have uncontrolled diabetes or severely suppressed immune systems. "Black mold" does not cause these infections ...Read more