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Symptoms Of Black Mold
Depends: If you have developed an allergic reaction to the molds, the condition may improve but not go away when no longer exposed. If your symptoms are from the irritating effects of the volatile organic compounds which give mold the musty odor, then these symptoms should be gone shortly after the exposure. ...Read more
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
Black mold: Usually black mold symptoms are that of allergy to molds. Black mold is more uncommon and the spores are large so it is not prominant as a allergen. The neurotoxic aspects to tricothecenes are controversial and not generally accepted at this time. Some black molds do not produce tricothecens so it depencds on the type, density, duration and individual susceptibility. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the short term & long term symptoms of black mold? What happens to you & why is it so bad? What should one do immediatly?
Black Mold Symptoms: Black mold is caused by wet basements, poorly ventilated attcs, moistures in the bath room and dirty duct work.The short term symptoms are, allergic symptoms, headaches, and fatigue.The long term symptoms are chronic sinusitis, bronchial asthma, and weakened immune systems which can lead to recurrent infections. ...Read more
Varies: Depends on what the symptoms are. The so-called microbial volatile organic compounds which give you the musty odor may irritate your nose, eyes, and lungs nearly instantly.The allergic sensitization may takes days or months to develop causing hay fever, asthma, , sinus. eye and other symptoms. Recurrent pneumonia or even permanent lung scarring may occur in some people. ...Read more
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
Hello I've been having all the symptoms of black mold exposure. Lately it's been getting worst. Chest pains and it's very hard to breathe. Everybody thinks I'm crazy when their is visible black mold on my walls. What should I do?
Allergic: Black mold is a known allergen. The symptoms you describe sound like asthma. This is a condition that must be treated. There are other common elements that can cause your symptoms like dust mites. You need to get the black mold and dust removed ASAP and make where you live safe for a patient with asthma. First and foremost you must get medication for your asthma and allergies today. Se MD for eval ...Read more
Concentration problems, headaches, and other neurologcial symptoms from toxic black mold exposure, what to do?
Move: Then go through the usual clean up,if possible. Mold has a terrible effect on some people, so get out first, and then deal with the building and all the vicissitudes of undoing and redoing your environment. There are agencies (OSHA) that can help if you have trouble with landlords.. ...Read more
Agree With Above: Some studies reviewing patients with black mold related illness have found that most patients have multiple other health problems that cause their symptoms not their mold exposure. Also mold testing companies often do inadequate testing, not comparing indoor and outdoor levels on the same day. If you are concerned see an allergy specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm pretty sure my sister has been exposed to black mold and is suffering from some of the symptoms. What can we do?
Allergy consult: The toxic effects from "black mold" 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. ...Read more
Yes: Black mold seems to affect breathing primarily as an irritant, so there are unlikely to be untoward effects on breathing after exposure is discontinued. Asbestos exposure results in hypersensitivity reactions, also not likely to appear after exposure. Asbestos also increases risk of cancer and breathing effects would appear years later. ...Read more
Possible: Not everyone exposed gets diseased, but thatdoesn't mean continue exposure, again aavoidance should be practiced ...Read more
Not: likely because inhaled spores will be addressed by immune cells in your trachea and lung, while not directly affecting your immune cells in your gut lining. ...Read more
Can black mold cause rhinitis and allergic reaction? And what type of illness/symptoms could this induce?
Many: If you are allergic, asthma, rhinitis, conjunctivitis , and rarely hives may develop. If you have an impaired immune system, you may have invasive fungal disease. Some may develop allergic bronchopulmonary mycosis (with aspergillus being more common) manifested usually as steroid-resistant asthma. Others hypersensitivity pneumonitis which when prolonged may cause permanent lung damage. ...Read more
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
WHAT IS THE BEST ANTI FUNGAL FOR BLACK MOLD RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS,
ARE MEVACOR and Lamisil (terbinafine) good
Black mold myths: Most information you come across surrounding black mold are myths. Toxic black mold syndrome isn't a true medical diagnosis. Common health problems that are caused by molds are allergies and asthma. But fungus can also cause skin infections, like athletes foot or nail infections. If respiratory symptoms are your main problem, you should see your doctor for further testing first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you work in àn office that is loaded with black mold could it make you sick? What symptoms? Would it be throat chest irritation, flushing reaction?
Yes: In my experience, most people will be affected by the odor and some may have mucous membrane irritation (throat, chest, eye) from the volatile organic compounds. Up to 1/2 of the people exposed may develop allergic disorders such as asthma ,hay fever, or eye allergy. A few many develop pneumonia-like pictures and even permanent lung damage. In other words, mold is a really bad dude. ...Read more
~1yr black mold exposure unaware. Sinus symptoms 3 mo. Now had acute exposure; can nasal irrigation push spores deeper&risk dangerous fung infx? Or good2do?
Should be fine: Most sinus/respiratory symptoms related to mold exposure are due to an allergic type reaction as well as irritating toxins. Using irrigation to clear out the spores would help with both of these problems. Serious "invasive" fungal infections of the sinuses are rare and occur in people who have uncontrolled diabetes or severely suppressed immune systems. "Black mold" does not cause these infections ...Read more
What are the health problems and symptoms of living in a home with black mold? My aunt lives in a house with black mold growing on her garage ceiling. She's recently had unexplained weight gain, tremors in her hands and complains of bumps on her neck and
Black : Black mold can cause a variety of health issues, and it should be removed by a professional right away. The most common symptoms are breathing problems (cough, shortness of breath) muscle aches, allergy symptoms(i.e. Sneezing, hives), nausea, and rash. There have been some cases where mold can cause tremors. You aunt should be seen by her primary care provider who will likely perform diagnostic testing, and provide the necessary referals. Don't forget the house should be inspected, and the mold removed as soon as possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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