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Symptoms Of Mold Illness
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: One small inhalant exposure to bread mold should not cause any long term symptoms or illness. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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