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Can mold or allergies be the cause of my niece getting symptoms of tourette syndrome?

Can mold or allergies be the cause of my niece getting symptoms of tourette syndrome?

No: There' absolutely no evidence that mold allergies, or any other allergy, would cause tourette's. Certainly you may have pulmonary complications from a mold allergy. The belief that an allergic reaction is the cause of development, psychological, or mental health problems is unfounded. This reeks of the belief that an MMR vaccine caused inflammation in the GI tract and lead to autism. Not true! ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Can allergies or mold exposure cause anxiety like symptoms, sob, lightheadedness?

Yes: Allergies can cause any symptoms depending on what is the target organ and when one suffers then comes anxiety indirectly. Get skin tested and work on avoiding the cause. ...Read more

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Can allergies or infection be developed from stress. Also can mold cause anxiety type symptoms?

Can allergies or infection be developed from stress. Also can mold cause anxiety type symptoms?

NO: Stress and anxiety do not produce infection or allergy, although similar symptoms may occur due to somatization. Mold, which is ubiquitous, does not generally produce any symptoms of anxiety. If this continues you might want to consult with a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Is it possible for 5 out of 6 members in the home to develop allergies and asthma symptoms or could it indicate a mold problem?

Is it possible for 5 out of 6 members in the home to develop allergies and asthma symptoms or could it indicate a mold problem?

Asthma in a family: Asthma can run in families and it is an allergic condition and if you have molds it can trigger episodes of asthma, so if you have molds have them taken care of and see if your asthma and other members improves. ...Read more

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Can allergies to molds pollens dust etc include symptoms of lightheaded, feeling a little spacey etc?

Can allergies to molds pollens dust etc include symptoms of lightheaded, feeling a little spacey etc?

Perhaps: But only indirectly if the problem affects your inner ear or causing sleep deprivation. Some antihistamines especially the older ones may also dull your brain. ...Read more

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I found mold growing in my CPAP hose, and my filter was literally covered in a black powdery mold. Having allergy/cold symptoms. See a DR?

I found mold growing in my CPAP hose, and my filter was literally covered in a black powdery mold. Having allergy/cold symptoms. See a DR?

Allergy to mold: It is good that you have found the source of the mold, the next step would be making the cleaning a routine. If your allergic symptoms subside after a thorough cleaning (Clorox?), then no further evaluation needed. If the problem persists, then consult an allergist to find out if you have become allergic to the mold. ...Read more

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1yr+ shadows on wall behind dryer are actually black mold; intake ambient air = sporesin clothes. Allergy. Symptoms 3+mo. Cleaned safely. What are my risks?

1yr+ shadows on wall behind dryer are actually black mold; intake ambient air = sporesin clothes. Allergy. Symptoms 3+mo. Cleaned safely. What are my risks?

Low risk: Black mold is problematic for people with definitive allergies to the mold but, if you're not allergic to the mold just being in the same room with the mold without disturbing the mold should not pose a health risk. There's a lot of hysteria about "black mold" perpetuated by companies that charge exorbitant prices to eradicate it...it's not a big health risk. ...Read more

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Unable to do things, due to recurrent allergic reactions such as severe nausea, fatigue, increased heart beat, difficulty thinking, throat swell.....?

Unable to do things, due to recurrent allergic reactions such as severe nausea, fatigue, increased heart beat, difficulty thinking, throat swell.....?

Vocal cord dysfunction vs. Idiopathic environmental intolerance: Could be worthwhile considering vocal cord dysfunction (paradoxical vocal fold movement) as a contributing factor. This condition is often acutely exacerbated by strong scents/odors. More common in females and tends to affect patients with a history of high anxiety. Might be worthwhile getting PFTs and having a laryngoscope performed. Idiopathic environmental intolerance is another consideration but this is a diagnosis of exclusion. There are a number of filters and personal wearable devices that can help the patient deal with exposures in her environment. ...Read more

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Anyone know of anything to help with the leaf mold allergy during fall season?

Anyone know of anything to help with the leaf mold allergy during fall season?

Avoidance.: Closing the windows of your home, using air conditioning with good quality air filters may be helpful for indoor symptoms. Wearing a facemask and eye protection may help with exposure to molds from outdoor activities but this is not always practical. Assigning another person to clean-up tasks may be needed if oral antihistamines, intranasal or eye medications fail to control symptoms. ...Read more

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How do I tell if I have a mold allergy?

How do I tell if I have a mold allergy?

Two ways: You can have an allergic reaction after exposure to mold such as in a moldy basement or the air conditioner that is moldy. The other is an actual skin test. ...Read more

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Are onions safe to eat if you have mold allergies?

Yes: Even though onions are grown in the ground, eating them should not be a problem even if you are allergic to mold. But, one can be allergic to onions themselves so you may need to be further evaluated if you are having allergic symptoms when eating them. ...Read more

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Can mold allergies make it so you can't eat certain foods?

Can mold allergies make it so you can't eat certain foods?

Possibly: Mold allergy is from allergy to the mold spores in the air and not to the mold itself. There are some foods that may have mold or are made with mold. Cheese, mushrooms, vinegar, sour cream, sour milk, buttermilk, beer and wine may all have different types of mold. Http://www. Livestrong. Com/article/542511-safe-foods-to-eat-with-a-mold-allergy/ ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will it take to recover from mold allergies?

Can someone tell me how long will it take to recover from mold allergies?

One day to years: If the mold exposure is avoided, symptoms may resolve in a few hours without treatment. If there has been significant, prolonged exposure, it may take weeks or months to resolve without treatment. If the mold exposure cannot be avoided, the symptoms will last indefinitely. ...Read more

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Allergies still raging 1 wk after exceedingly careful mold remediation in laundry room. Dehumidifier working. How can I tell if environment is safe?

Allergies still raging 1 wk after exceedingly careful mold remediation in laundry room. Dehumidifier working. How can I tell if environment is safe?

Be systematic: It would be important to: first be certain your symptoms are actually due to allergies and next, attempt to definitively define the sources of your allergies. Then addressing with avoidance and/or medication could be more effectively implemented. There are other treatment options as well. The safety of your environment may then be evaluated. ...Read more

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Is there any way to treat bad allergies to mold and weeds?

See Allergist: Molds are year-round allergens and weeds are limited to fall season. The first step to getting you feeling better is to see an Allergist for appropriate skin or blood testing. Once they determine what you are allergic to, appropriate avoidance measures and medications like nasal sprays can be prescribed. Allergy shots or immunotherapy is also an option. ...Read more

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Please recommend the best allergy med for young child with mold allergy?

Please recommend the best allergy med for young child with mold allergy?

See below: There is no specific allergy medicine against mold. In case child's allergy symptoms are not well controlled by prescribed allergy medicine along with environmental control, allergy shots against mold allergy should be considered. ...Read more

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I have great sense smell, household smells, even mold. Is that an allergy?

I have great sense smell, household smells, even mold. Is that an allergy?

Sense of smell: Only if it also produces allergic symptoms. Hyperosmia is not usually an allergic problem by itself. ...Read more

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If ur poor, ur child gets diagnosed with horse & mold allergy & ur 200y.O. House is filled with horsehair plaster, some mold, what can u do?

If ur poor, ur child gets diagnosed with horse & mold allergy & ur 200y.O. House is filled with horsehair plaster, some mold, what can u do?

Try allergy meds: Obviously, it is not possible to rid your house of all of its plaster. I would, however, do your best to remediate the mold situation as best as you can. If the mold is accessible, with proper protection, you can scrape and bleach the moldy areas to kill the mold. If your child is having daily allergy symptoms then you could try one of the otc allergy meds such as zyrtec, allegra, or claritin (loratadine). ...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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Difference between molds and mildew allergies?

Difference between molds and mildew allergies?

None: Mildew is one of several manifestations of molds. ...Read more

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I have allergies to mites and mold; how do I avoid them?

Humidity Control: Both usually thrive in humid conditions (although some molds such as penicillium do not necessarily require high humidity), so using a dehumidifier may help and stopping any water leaks. For dust mites you should use bedding and pillow encasements and wash your sheets in hot water. A cochrane review also suggests that acaricides in conjunction with the above measures is best. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what allergies are caused by mold exposure?

Several disorders: Exposure to molds (fungus) can trigger seasonal or year round allergic rhinitis or nasal allergies as well as asthma. Mold can trigger "Allergic Fungal Sinusitis" where mold growth expands the nasal sinuses and also colonize the lungs of patients with asthma called Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis. Also molds can trigger hypersensitivity pneumonitis--lung inflammation like pneumonia! ...Read more

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How quickly would black mold kill you if you have mold allergies?

It won't: I'm a pathologist focused on obscure causes of death. Despite all the "pop" claims about black mold in the home causing this-and-that, it's never killed anybody. If it had, I'd know. ...Read more

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What is the best prescription medicine for indoor mold allergies?

What is the best prescription medicine for indoor mold allergies?

You mean allergies?: Nasocorticosteroid sprays/antihistamine nasal sprays can be an alternative or addition to oral antihistamines. Prescription sprays include: flonase, nasonex, (mometasone) Veramyst and many others for the corticosteroid sprays. Astelin, patanase for the antihistamine sprays. Both need prescriptions. You can also do well with nondrowsy claritin/allegra or mildly sedating zyrtec otc. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have my house tested for allergies like mold and mildew?

Yes.: There are companies that can test (and treat, if necessary) your house. Ask for and check references. Look for specialists who are affiliated with professional organizations. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the best way to deal with mold allergies in an old house?

Can any doc tell me what's the best way to deal with mold allergies in an old house?

Mold Allergy: If there is visible mold on walls have it removed and replaced with clean drywall. Attempt to have any damp/wet places in the house fixed so that mold doesn't have a place to set up shop, especially in basement areas. If you have daily symptoms of congestion try OTC steroid nasal sprays and/or saline rinses. See allergist if no improvement, consider allergy shots if persistent. ...Read more

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I have a mold allergy, how can I tell if my books have mold/spores? Will I be able to see it?

I have a mold allergy, how can I tell if my books have mold/spores? Will I be able to see it?

Mould loves the damp: If you've stored your books improperly, you may have set yourself up for an environmental issue with mould. You can often find evidence of mould if you know what you're looking for. There are thousands of different kinds of moulds, and some indeed will grow on paper-look for the signs of dusty spores, fungal elements, even the 'smell'. Bring a sample to a librarian or try a UV lamp if ur not sure. ...Read more

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Can allergies to mold or cigarette smoke cause a reoccurrence of pleurisy? I has a bilateral pe and pleurisy.

Can allergies to mold or cigarette smoke cause a reoccurrence of pleurisy? I has a bilateral pe and pleurisy.

No: Mold allergy can cause asthma and even a pneumonia-like condition but not pleurisy per se. Cigarette smoke is unhealthy can can cause breathing problem in susceptible people but not pleurisy. What do you mean by pe-pulmonary embolism? ...Read more

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After indoor m mold exposure for a week, how long will it take for me to recover from mold allergy in my case?

After indoor m mold exposure for a week, how long will it take for me to recover from mold allergy in my case?

Symptoms or sensitiv: Once you have become sensitized allergically, you will like remain so for a long time although the degree of the sensitivity may decline with time. On the other hand, your allergy symptoms should subside within days or at most weeks after cessation of exposure which may not be totally possible since the same mold spores, although in much smaller quantities, are usually found in the air. ...Read more

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