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How does one get rid of the odor caused by mold(black) which has been in basement for several years to prevent my kid from wheezing?

How does one get rid of the odor caused by mold(black) which has been in basement for several years to prevent my kid from wheezing?

Fix water leaks: Allergic asthma is commonly triggered by mold. The trigger is not the odor but the mold particles in the environment and the best measure to reduce exposure is to eliminate the mold, and reduce chances of regrowth by reducing humidity levels as possible. Mold grows in places where there is excessive humidity and frequent cleaning is not feasible. Allergy to mold is confirmed by skin testing. ...Read more

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Dr. Duane Gels
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My fiancee has been wheezing bad l and short of breath, i told my landord i see black mold, could this be causing it because he never felt like this.

My fiancee has been wheezing bad l and short of breath, i told my landord i see black mold, could this be causing it because he never felt like this.

If allergic: Everybody blames mold like it's legionaire's disease. Unless he has an immune deficiency, the odds of a fungal lung infection are low. However if he's allergic to mold, it can cause irritation of the airway that can aggravate asthma. Sometimes the mold can cause a mild irritation without having an allergy, but having a sensitivity already causes a worse reaction. ...Read more

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I have. 8 month old son and we are staying at my grandparents I believe there is a big black mold breakout my son has a bad cough and wheezing help?

I have. 8 month old son and we are staying at my grandparents I believe there is a big black mold breakout my son has a bad cough and wheezing help?

Black mold: The myth that black mold is any more harmful than any other mold is just that, a myth. Mold spores can cause a cough and wheeze in someone allergic to the mold. If your child is allergic to mold spores and there is an extensive mold problem in the home, he needs to stay elsewhere. Or, he could just have a cold. ...Read more

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I teach in a basement.Recently it has a musty/garbage odor. Have nausea,burning/irritated eyes,chest pain/burning.Is it chemical/CO2/mold poisoning?

I teach in a basement.Recently it has a musty/garbage odor.  Have nausea,burning/irritated eyes,chest pain/burning.Is it chemical/CO2/mold poisoning?

It could be. : It's possible the basement had CO2 or mold. First thing to do is get checked by your Doctor to confirm your symptoms are due to an exposure. Then get the basement checked. If there is a problem, you'll have to let your students know. You may also need to find another location for your class so your students don't get symptoms as well. ...Read more

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My basement has a musty moldy smell, we never had a house inspection.If there is mold, how much can it hurt my health?We have been living in here for3yr

My basement has a musty moldy smell, we never had a house inspection.If there is mold, how much can it hurt my health?We have been living in here for3yr

Yes ; No: Living in a humid indoor environment is considered unhealthy and people tend to have more respiratory illnesses in such an environment. In my own experience, somewhat less than 50% of the people may become allergic to the molds and develop illnesses such as asthma. Allergy rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis etc. I would strongly recommend that you get this issue resolved asap or move out. ...Read more

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How can I prevent asthma symptoms?

How can I prevent asthma symptoms?

See an allergist: The best way to manage asthma is to identify your triggers, avoid them as much as you can, and use medications to control any residual inflammation. The mistake you want to avoid is not treating the asthmatic inflammation adequately - this leads to scar tissue formation and permanent loss of lung function. ...Read more

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How can I prevent asthma symptoms after exercise?

How can I prevent asthma symptoms after exercise?

Use inhaler: Once your asthma symptoms has been well controlled except for exercise-induced bronchospasms, an additional 2-3 puffs of albuterol/xopenex inhalation 10 minutes before exercise should be helpful. ...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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