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I have noticed a mildew smell in my house this last week I am not sure where it is coming from. I thought it wpuld go away but it hasnt and I have a 4 year old that im worries will get sick. How long does it usually take to affect someone and for how long
Best to remove mold.: The mildew smell is a sign of mold growth in your home and high concentrations of mold can cause sinus, lung, or skin problems. Mold also will proliferate if not removed. Not every one will become allergic to molds, but the higher the concentration of exposure, the greater the chance of a reaction. Do your best to eradicate the mold asap. ...Read more
I clean and lysol my home but i still smell mildew but my home is clean no wet cloths or nothing. Is this smell harmful to me and my kids?
Mildew: It is possible that you still have mold in your house, for example you, if you have an attic you may have mold up there. If you have paneling you can have behind the wood.If you've ever been flooded you may have mold in the basement. I believe you need to look for possible mold sources in your home. Professional help may be needed. ...Read more
Can I drive my car if it smells like mildew and has mold in it on the floor? I sprayed and scrubbed with Lysol
Depends: It is never a good idea to be exposed to mildew. However if you are not allergic to it, you may drive the car with all of the windows open to reduce the mildew exposure. You will need to eradicate the cause for the water damage, take the floor mat/carpet out and get them thoroughly cleaned and dried out. Clorox works better in killing mildew but elbow grease is also needed. AC needs be cleaned ...Read more
My workplace old bldg. I smell mold & mildew. I made c/o's to boss. No intervention to date. Seemingly, more asthma exacerbations. What can I do?
Options: Aside from quitting your job or taking your controller meds at higher doses you can go the legal route. If the work place appears to be a "health hazard" your local health department should be notified. You can do this anonymously. Of course if there were other workers with the same complaint it would be even better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My car is still damp and smells like mildew. I have white mold spots on one side. I didn't know and breathed it in after letting the car sit am I ok?
Ok: if breathing problem or spots don't go away get checked by pulmonologist or dermatologist , get car aired out and bleached .let car sit in sun with windows down after cleaning thoroughly ...Read more