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Is there any cures for mold allergy ? I lived in costa rica for two years last month's living there i had bad allergy from molds in the house moist weather so i returned to usa california I am having a hard time to get rid of it my nose is pluged can't br

Is there any cures for mold allergy ? I lived in costa rica for two years last month's living there i had bad allergy from molds in the house moist weather so i returned to usa california I am having a hard time to get rid of it my nose is pluged can't br

Nose allergies: Avoidance of allergic triggers is very important. Getting tested to determine what you may be allergic to can help answer this question. Over the counter antihistamines can help to relieve allergy symptoms. Allergen immunotherapy injections can be used to help decrease or at times completely resolve your allergy to environmental allergens such as pollens or molds. ...Read more

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Is mold often harmful?

Is mold often harmful?

Rarely harmful: Most people exposed to mold are either unaffected or annoyed (runny nose, irritated eyes, cough, nausea, headache). The worse the exposure, the more annoying it is. People with lung disease or poor immunity can get very sick. ...Read more

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Can mold make my kid sick?

Can mold make my kid sick?

Yes: If you child is allergic to mold, it can make him/her sick with respiratory symptoms of congestion, cough and sometimes wheezing. There are also some types of molds (such as black mold) that can make anyone ill. Those types of molds may require special remediation by a specialized company to safely remove the mold. You should discuss your concerns further with the pediatrician. ...Read more

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How does mold affect people?

How does mold affect people?

HazardInLargeNumbers: Molds and mold spores are common in every household.It is when these are present in large numbers, they can present a health hazard to humans.
It can cause allergic symptoms and respiratory problems
there are many different molds and the worst ones are the toxic black molds.
Some molds with toxic properties have been useful to us, example is penicillin, and in low doses may be used to fight infect ...Read more

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How to deal with a mold problem?

How to deal with a mold problem?

Reality-based: Keeping one's home hygienic is outside the real of medicine; professionals should be available in any community. The "black mold" scare is over twenty years old with most scientists remaining unconvinced that there's a real danger despite the success of some lawyers (one celebrity got seven million dollars over the death of a pet). ...Read more

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What generally causes pink mold?

What generally causes pink mold?

Not a mold: Pink "mold" is probably a bacteria, Serratia Marcesans. The Washington Post article may help. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/why-did-my-grout-turn-pink/2017/03/31/0bb5e8c8-0fea-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_story.html?utm_term=.2e479890b1f1 ...Read more

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How does mold actually reproduce?

How does mold actually reproduce?

Spores: By definition, mold is an asexual fungus. As a result, it reproduces by way of spores. This is the part you actually see on bread, cheese, sheet rock, etc, the reproductive structures shedding the spores. ...Read more

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How should I clean mold from walls?

How should I clean mold from walls?

Several steps: [1] protect yourself: mask n95, goggles, gloves, clothing. [2] prevention: what's causing the mold? Where's the moisture coming from? [3] removing the mold: what kind of wall? Different wall types like wallpaper, plaster, wood need different removal than hard surfaces like hard plastic, glass, metal. [4] disinfect. More info found here: http://www.Ag.Ndsu.Edu/pubs/yf/home/ae1202w.Htm. ...Read more

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What typically causes mold to grow?

What typically causes mold to grow?

Moisture: Molds grow in a moist, dark environment. To clear it up you have to remove the moisture. ...Read more

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What to do if I ate mold by accident?

What to do if I ate mold by accident?

Depending: on type and amount of mold - you may or may not feel ill after this. ...Read more

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How to tell if mold is making me sick?

How to tell if mold is making me sick?

Blood tests: I would see an allergist and get some blood tests done. Sometimes a tape test can be done to see what kind of mold you have found and a doctor can do tests to see if a mold could be making you sick. ...Read more

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Have you stopped measuring mold counts?

Have you stopped measuring mold counts?

Local news: The local allergy centers provide our local news bureaus with pollen & mold counts 5 days a week. These are broadcast locally on weekday evening. Your local may differ. ...Read more

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Is it possible that mold makes someone ill?

Is it possible that mold makes someone ill?

Could be: It could cause problems depending on many factors. Mold load, sensitivity/allergy to molds, the intact of the immune system all play into its pathology. That means if you are allergic to that particular mold and you expose to them, you can get sick like getting a runny nose or asthma flare. In patients with aids and a weak immune system, exposure to high level of molds can cause invasive infection. ...Read more

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What kind of health problems can mold cause?

What kind of health problems can mold cause?

Respiratory problems: In 2004 the institute of medicine (iom) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. ...Read more

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Are there types of mold that can make me sick?

Are there types of mold that can make me sick?

Respiratory Issues: Exposure to certain molds can cause respiratory problems. Too much to discuss in this small space. You can start your research here:

http://www.cdc.gov/mold/stachy.htm ...Read more

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What are the causes of eating doughnut with mold?

What are the causes of eating doughnut with mold?

Poor eyesight?: Someone might eat a doughnut with mold, if s/he cannot see it has mold on it. The person might also have poor judgment about what's safe or desirable to consume. Some -- such as elderly people with dementia -- might not realize food has been in their refrigerators or cupboards too long. They need help from others to keep edible foods available and accessible. ...Read more

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Which type of health problems are caused by mold?

Which type of health problems are caused by mold?

Allergic reactions: In some cases, people may develop severe reactions to mold exposure. Symptoms of severe reactions, which are uncommon, include fever and difficulty breathing. People with compromised immune systems or those with chronic lung disease can develop serious infections of the lungs due to molds. ...Read more

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What are slime molds and do they affect my health?

Mold: Slime mold is a broad term describing protists that use spores to reproduce. Slime molds were formerly classified as fungi, but are no longer considered part of this kingdom. Their common name refers to part of some of these organisms' life cycles where they can appear as gelatinous "slime". This is mostly seen with the myxomycetes, which are the only macroscopic slime molds. And possibly... ...Read more

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Is it important for me to clean the mold out of my house?

Is it important for me to clean the mold out of my house?

Yes: Mold can cause health problems are an airborne irritant or as an allergen. ...Read more

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How one can know when he/she is sick from household mold?

Respiratory symptoms: Mold allergy triggers asthma and nasal symptoms in susceptible persons. Of course, many inhaled allergens trigger such symptoms. Suspect mold if there's a moisture problem in your home. Look for wet carpeting, water stains on ceilings & walls, condensation on or around windows, discoloration of shower curtain, tiles & grout & leaks around sinks & hot water heaters. See a board-certified 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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Short term exposure to mold have long term health effects?

Short term exposure to mold have long term health effects?

Allergy Symptoms: It is always difficult to predict short term exposure to molds in every individual.But majority of people including children exposed to molds even for short periods will have allergy symptoms like nasal and sinus congestion/sore throat and chest tightness,cough and wheezing ...Read more

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Are there types of household mold that are normal and safe?

Are there types of household mold that are normal and safe?

Yes and No: Mold spores are found in the air most everywhere, especially in areas that are humid and warm. Some spores are very resistant to extremes of temperature and humidity so can survive in many environments. It is only when levels get high that we start to worry about the safety and health issues. Some types of mold can even be found on normal human skin. ...Read more

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The past few days certain foods taste like mold. Why is this?

The past few days certain foods taste like mold. Why is this?

Taste and sinus: There are 2 common reasons for a taste problem: 1-sinus infection or 2- allergies. You probably need to be examined by your doctor to tell the difference. The treatment is different for each like antihistamine for allergy and antibiotic for sinusitis. ...Read more

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How do I know if the mold in my apartment is a health hazard?

How do I know if the mold in my apartment is a health hazard?

Not good: Mold needs these conditions:

•mold spores
•a food source (eg wood, drywall, cotton)
•darkness (mold can't grow under ultraviolet light)
•warmth (mold can't grow in freezing temperatures)
oxygen
•moisture (eg water leaks, humidity)
•enough time (most molds can begin to grow in 24-48 hours if the conditions are right)

not all mold is toxic, but the mold in your apartment should be tested. ...Read more

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What are symptoms I should look for if I have mold in my apartment?

Various: Could be allergies or irritation. You could have any symptoms, but since I am an allergist i will focus on those. Cough, wheeze, shortness of breath, runny nose, sneezing, itchy (skin, nose, eyes, ears), nasal congestion, snoring, post nasal drip, increased mucus production, etc. See an allergist for testing. ...Read more

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Black color mold on drying rack from wet towel. Do I need to toss it?

Black color mold on drying rack from wet towel.  Do I need to toss it?

The towel?: Or the drying rack? Neither. Just clean them. A bleach solution or Oxiclean is fine for the towel. The drying rack,you might need to get a little more aggressive with ammonia based cleaners. There are commercial black mold cleaning products that you can purchase at home improvement stores. You can decide if the rack is worth keeping. The towel....no problem. Just disinfect in the wash. ...Read more

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Is there a test to verify if someone has had repeated exposure to mold?

Is there a test to verify if someone has had repeated exposure to mold?

MOLD Allergy testing: Immunocap ige is a blood test which can measure multiple different allergies including mold, animals, and food allergies. However, it does have 'some' limitations and seeing allergist is your best bet. ...Read more