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Would Claritin (loratadine) or allegra help with black mold allergy after being exposed?

Would Claritin (loratadine) or allegra help with black mold allergy after being exposed?

Maybe: If you have hay fever and become allergic to black molds, Claritin or Allegra may reduce the runny nose, sneezing, and itchy nose but not likely the congestion. However inhaled nasal steroid or antihistamine usually works better. ...Read more

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

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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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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Can black mold cause pneumonia and can it be confused with other type and not be cured because the proper medicine is not being used. Help?

Can black mold cause pneumonia and can it be confused with other type and not be cured because the proper medicine is not being used. Help?

Not likely: Exposure to a high level of mold may cause a pneumonitis or inflammatory condition of the lungs but this is very uncommon. Mold on your house may trigger allergies but it's unlikely to pneumonia in the truest sense. As far as differing from other mods, you have to ask a mycologist! ...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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Are dust/dust mite/dust mold same? Please tell me all possible management options for dust allergy. Including medicines, if needed.

Are dust/dust mite/dust mold same? Please tell me all possible management options for dust allergy. Including medicines, if needed.

Very similar: Those are basically some of the things that make up what dust is, and dust mites are tiny arachnids that live in and around these particles, typically in warm, humid places. In particular, they love mattresses, pillows, upholstered furniture, and carpet. Medical treatment would include a long acting antihistamine, a leukotriene, a prescription nasal spray (s) and/or even allergy shots. ...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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Had sinus surgery for nose; swells get black n blue. Allergies to molds bad. Can my bottom jaw hurt from sinus when barometric pressure/wind high.?

Had sinus surgery for nose; swells get black n blue. Allergies to molds bad. Can my bottom jaw hurt from sinus when barometric pressure/wind high.?

Not: In severe and chronic maxillary sinusitis, the upper teeth but not the lower may be involved. If you have allergies, you will need to get this treated as well because the nasal swelling will likely close up the sinus openings leading to sinusitis again despite the surgery. If you have water damage at your home, you need to get it fixed or move out. Recommend an allergy consult. ...Read more

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Can black mold cause anaphalatic shock?

Can black mold cause anaphalatic shock?

Rare but possible: It can be any type of mold you are allergic to. On the other hand, I have only seen one single case of anaphylaxis from mold exposure in several decades of practice. That involved a mold-allergic patient who was spreading steer manure as a fertilizer. When we cultured the fertilizer she used, huge amount of mold growth was found. And that's no bull. ...Read more

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How harmful can black mold be to someones health?

How harmful can black mold be to someones health?

Mold allergy: Some people have significant mold allergy, and for them, living in an environment that contains black mold can cause health problems, such as asthma and other allergic reactions. Fortunately, most people are not sensitive to mold do not experience harmful health effects when exposed to mold. ...Read more

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Which type of health problems come from black mold?

Which type of health problems come from black mold?

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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Please explain what are some symptoms for black mold?

Mold allergy: An allergy to mold shows up as usual symptoms of allergic rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, and asthma. These conditions should be treated by your doctor and can cause headache, sleep issues, fatigue, etc. As respiratory irritants, there is no long term effect to your health if you are not allergic to the mold and simply just remove yourself from being confined to spaces that have high mold burdens. ...Read more

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I've been exposed to black mold, how serious is this?

I've been exposed to black mold, how serious is this?

Black mold: Depending on how much you inhaled it and if you have any lung diseases and or if you have any conditions that affect your immune system, it might cause lung related problems. However if you are healthy, you don't have any symptoms now, you would probably be fine. See a doctor and discuss about it if it still bothers you. ...Read more

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

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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What are the health effects of living around black mold?

What are the health effects of living around black mold?

Allergy consult: The toxic effects from black moldt 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. Do note that not all people become ill after mold exposure. ...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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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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Can you tell me the symtom of black mold in children or any website?

Can you tell me the symtom of black mold in children or any website?

Http://www. Cdc. Gov/mold/stachy. Htm: This is a legitimate and comprehensive CDC site for reference.

Please be aware that symptoms can vary from minimal to full blown allergic illness, and respiratory distress.

So do not be alarmed at all the info. ...Read more

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How can I treat it if I breath in black mold?

Stop worrying: Black mold is very common, and after 20 years of internet scare stories, the scientific community has still not identified any believable syndrome. Most of us think that the business is being kept going by tort lawyers and big-money mold-removal corporations. People with vague / psychosomatic complaints are urged to blame "black mold", and the big losers are ordinary, decent people. ...Read more

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What does poisonous black mold to you look like?

Black Mold: Very hard to tell what type of mold it is by just looking at it. There are lots of different molds out there that can have a dark or black color. The best way to identify is to have experts take samples to determine what mold you are dealing with. ...Read more

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Can black mold cause cancer?

Can black mold cause cancer?

Yes possible: Aspergillus species (moulds) will produce produce aflatoxins, usual source is crops like corn pea nuts by ingestion (eating)can cause liver cancers ...Read more

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I was exposed to very toxic, deadly black mold?

Black mold: Depending on how much you inhaled it and if you have any lung diseases and or if you have any conditions that affect your immune system, it might cause lung related problems. However if you are healthy, you don't have any symptoms now, you would probably be fine. See a doctor and discuss about it if it still bothers you. ...Read more

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What is the best/safest way to get rid of black mold?

Pros: Hire an expert to remove the mold which is hazardous and difficult t9. ...Read more

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I drank water that was slimy and has black mold forming and I've been sick what's happening?

Many: When you drank slimy water, there may be bacteria, parasite besides algae or mold present. If you have been sick for more than a day or are getting worse, see your doctor ASAP> ...Read more

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Should I see a doctor if exposed to black mold?

Only if you are ill: Not all people exposed to black mold will become ill. However if you have respiratory problems, nasal congestion, pneumonia, sinus infection etc., you should get out of the area. See an allergist if the problems persist even after having moved out. ...Read more

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In what way could black mold effect my epilepsy?

In what way could black mold effect my epilepsy?

Unlikely: Mold could cause allergic type symptoms, of course. I suppose if allergic symptoms made it hard to sleep, then the sleep deprivation could increase seizures. The mold would only be an indirect cause, then. ...Read more

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How can I get all of the black mold off my dentures?

Nystatin first: Start with Nystatin or other anti-mold medication. For cleaning and prophylaxis It is a good idea to use a vinegar solution (50% water and 50% white vinegar) regularly and use a bleach solution (50% water and 50% bleach) for deeper disinfecting treatments. ...Read more

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What protective clothing is required when removing black mold?

Here are some tips: Unless you have experienced symptoms due to mold then no special Clothing is required except to protect yourself from any chemicals used like bleach. Get an appropriate mask, gloves and make sure there is adequate ventilation.
Here are some reliable resources:

http://www2.epa. Gov/mold
http://www. Cdc. Gov/mold/cleanup. Htm ...Read more

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How long does it take my lungs to recover from black mold poisoning?

How long does it take my lungs to recover from black mold poisoning?

Depends: The poisoning from black molds (unless in an industrial or farming occupation) is not a common problem. Even if you are exposed to the toxins, the effects usually disappear within days after the exposure. On the other hand, if you have become sensitized or allergic to the molds, the effects may linger forever. ...Read more

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Help, I have black mold problem in house from water leak. What to do?

Lower humidity, dry: And ventilate your house, after fixing the leak, also try washing the area with water and vinegar to prevent rebuild of mold, several websites would direct you on how to achieve mold control, good luck ...Read more

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What about the effects of toxic black mold spores, in a home, on a baby?

What about the effects of toxic black mold spores, in a home, on a baby?

Black mold not toxic: Extensive scientific studies of black mold show that mold, black or other colors, is not toxic to humans. If you have a mold allegy, then the spores may cause allergic eye, nasal and chest symptoms. The moldy smell can also be irritating to the respiratory tract. Mold growth indicates excessive moisture at the site of growth. The mold should be properly removed and the water leak repaired. ...Read more

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For what length of time do the symptoms of black mold infection take to set?

No set time: Depends on what the symptoms are. The so-called microbial volatile organic compounds which give you the musty odor can irritate your nose, eyes, and lungs nearly instantly- if strong enough. The allergic sensitization may takes days or months to develop. Do note that not all people exposed to black molds develop diseases. ...Read more

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What happens if I get black mold on my hands? I washed it off but will I be ok?

What happens if I get black mold on my hands? I washed it off but will I be ok?

Nothing will happen: The so called "Black Mold" can be due to several species
of indoor mold. These molds are not invasive and don't colonize the skin. They won't cause harm if you get it on your hands but chronic exposure may result in upper and lower respiratory tract symptoms. ...Read more

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Can a very short period of time exposed to black mold cause noticeable health effects?

Mold: Mold is mostly black and not all is toxic black mold, stachybotris. A short time may not lead to long term health effects but may cause acute respiratory symptoms depends on extent of exposure ...Read more

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My sister has had black mold in her bedroom for a few years now. She's 7. Recently she gotten swollen lymph nodds. Its this relevant?

Might be, needs to:: Not all mold that's black is the toxic Stachybotrys chartarum, but if it is it could not only cause swollen glands but even be FATAL. It is very important to get the mold tested to see what type it is- if it's stachybotrys she should move out of that room immediately until the mold is removed and the cause (usually a leaky roof) fixed. See http://tinyurl. Com/nphxoyn & http://tinyurl. Com/3pw3dsb ...Read more

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I have had going on 3 chest infections in one month, I do smoke about 7 a day. I have been treated twice, could black Mold cause this?

I have had going on 3 chest infections in one month, I do smoke about 7 a day. I have been treated twice, could black Mold cause this?

Well...: How about you start by giving up the cigarettes...
Cigarette smoking impairs the ability of lung infections to heal at a normal rate ...Read more

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Infant and young child have been exposed to toxic black mold - it's been in our walls for months maybe years. How do I know if they're ok??

Infant and young child have been exposed to toxic black mold - it's been in our walls for months maybe years. How do I know if they're ok??

ADL: Activities of daily living. The best way to screen a kid for significant health issues is to consider their activities/eating/sleeping etc. If they act normal for their age group they likely are. There are hundreds of "dark " molds and only a few toxic ones. Individuals can have an atypical allergic reaction to any of them. Much of the lay fear of black mold is media hype. Your doc can sort it out. ...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