Doctor insights on:
Symptoms Of Mold Illness
Can black mold cause rhinitis and allergic reaction? And what type of illness/symptoms could this induce?
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
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
My C4a (compliment component 4a) test is very elevated (20, 535). I was told this elevates in people with mold illness. Can anything else raise level?
Interesting question: "mold illness" would be low on my list. Notably, C4a is produced upon activation of the complement system (C4 is cleaved to form C4a) which may occur in active autoimmune IgG disease, infection, malignancy and other problems. Fungal infection could conceivably cause it, but mold allergy certainly would not (IgE does not activate complement). If the bumps are hives, then urticarial vasculitis maybe ...Read more
I have a tentative diagnosis of polymyositis. We just discovered mold in the ceiling above our bed. Can mold contribute to this type of illness?
Unclear: Polymyositis a disease which causes weakness in the muscles usually through inflammatory processes. Unfortunately it is unclear what triggers this process to start. Some viruses have been implicated but the majority is usually due to an autoimmune process. An autoimmune process is where your immune system starts attacking healthy cells, in this case the muscles. ...Read more
No: One small inhalant exposure to bread mold should not cause any long term symptoms or illness. ...Read more
It depends...: It depends on what you mean by "mold illness." molds (a form of fungus), can cause many different diseases with varying symptoms. Some of these can be seen on a chest x-ray, but many will not. In general, the more symptomatic a patient is from a pulmonary standpoint (cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, etc) the more likely any possible pulmonary fungal infection will show up. I hope this helps. ...Read more
Remove the mold!!!: Like with much of what we do we make make various assumptions based upon associations. What can be done is test for presence of mold, test for allergic/ige sensitivity to mold, also for hypersensitivity/igg to mold. Removal of mold is essential and response to this removal can suggest that the mold was responsible. ...Read more
Can Lyme disease cause multiple chemical sensitivities, mold illness, new food allergies etc? Can autoimmune diseases cause those as well?
No: No evidence to support your concern.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Unlikely: Do realize that certain molds produce toxins which may potentially be harmful to you when ingested in huge quantities. The symptoms however are quite variable depending on the kind of toxins- but this is mostly a theoretical answer. Inhaling excessive amount of mold spores however may lead to fungal ball or mold colonization in the lungs and sinuses in susceptible individuals. ...Read more
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
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 more
Mold reactions: Molds are associated with humidity and thus ridding the source of the moisture is mandatory. One can become allergic to molds and develop hay fever, itchy eyes, asthma, allergic fungal sinusitis and occasionally hives. Another type of immune reactions to mold include hypersensitivity pneumonitis. The volatile compounds from molds are irritating. Get out when you can. ...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 more
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
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
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
Mold exposure: The symptoms vary depending on several factors: if the person is allergic to mold or not, the type of mold and the amount of mold exposed to. Symptoms can vary also from respiratory symptoms to more complex symptoms. This is a vague question to answer. ...Read more
Accidentally ate a bite of really moldy organic bagel. Mold was blue/whiteish? How soon will I have symptoms (which?) if I get sick? What to do next?
Moldy Bread: It is unlikely you will get sick from this. If you do it would be a self limited nausea and perhaps vomiting. Drink some milk and other fluids you should be fine. ...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 that doesn't mean continue exposure, again avoidance should be practiced ...Read more
Possibly: Could be any toxin, pathogen or allergen. Mold can produce mold toxins that can also produce cogestion ...Read more
Can mold and mildew like for example all over the house and in the carpet make u sick and what are the symptoms? And if so what can I take if get sick
Hi, I was exposed to toxic mold and that mold for a year, finally I just got directed to s infectious disease doctor who prescribed me diflucan (fluconazole)?
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