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What are slime molds and do they affect my health?

What are slime molds and do they affect my health?

Mold: Slime mold is a broad term describing protists that use spores to reproduce. Slime molds were formerly classified as fungi, but are no longer considered part of this kingdom. Their common name refers to part of some of these organisms' life cycles where they can appear as gelatinous "slime". This is mostly seen with the myxomycetes, which are the only macroscopic slime molds. And possibly... ...Read more

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What will mold in my house do to me? What are the health effects of black mold in the house? I have some black mold in my home, which i can't seem to eradicate completely with any level of cleaning.

What will mold in my house do to me? What are the health effects of black mold in the house?  I have some black mold in my home, which i can't seem to eradicate completely with any level of cleaning.

Respiratory probs: Generaly mold causes respiratory problems, such as runny and congested nose and sometimes asthma. Some individuals also develop sinus disease. Not all black mold is stachybotris, the dangerous mold. Apply bleach to all mold you see and keep the area dry. Mold thrives on humidity, get an dehumidifier and turn it on all the time to dry up the area that grows mold. ...Read more

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What kind of health problems can mold cause?

What kind of health problems can mold cause?

Respiratory problems: In 2004 the institute of medicine (iom) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. ...Read more

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Which type of health problems are caused by mold?

Which type of health problems are caused by mold?

Allergic reactions: In some cases, people may develop severe reactions to mold exposure. Symptoms of severe reactions, which are uncommon, include fever and difficulty breathing. People with compromised immune systems or those with chronic lung disease can develop serious infections of the lungs due to molds. ...Read more

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How do I know if the mold in my apartment is a health hazard?

How do I know if the mold in my apartment is a health hazard?

Not good: Mold needs these conditions: •mold spores •a food source (eg wood, drywall, cotton) •darkness (mold can't grow under ultraviolet light) •warmth (mold can't grow in freezing temperatures) •oxygen •moisture (eg water leaks, humidity) •enough time (most molds can begin to grow in 24-48 hours if the conditions are right) not all mold is toxic, but the mold in your apartment should be tested. ...Read more

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What kinds of health problems may be linked to living in a home with mold?

What kinds of health problems may be linked to living in a home with mold?

Mold: Mold related problems range from itching eyes, sneezing and coughing to serious allergic reactions and asthma attacks. In susceptible individuals it can cause lung damage. ...Read more

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We have a very bad mold problem in our apartment. What health concerns should I be worried about for myself and my children.?

Two: Some types of mold secrete a respiratory toxin; if anyone in the family quickly develops a cough or asthma-like symptoms, you need to move. Anyone in the family allergic to the molds in the home may develop recurrent sinus infections or the gradual onset of asthma symptoms; skin testing by an allergist can be helpful to sort this out, and possibly prove the problem to the landlord. ...Read more

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What are the potential health issues I should be concerned about stemming from the mold I am living with? I have been living in an apartment which has had some mold problems for about 9 mos., 3 mos. Ago we flooded and the mold got worse. I have been expe

What are the potential health issues I should be concerned about stemming  from the mold I am living with? I have been living in an apartment which has had some mold problems for about 9 mos., 3 mos. Ago we flooded and the mold got worse. I have been expe

There : There could be multiple medical conditions causing your symptoms and you need to be medically evaluated. Mold can cause sinus/respiratory problems and skin conditions. However some of your other symptoms are worrisome for thyroid or other medical problems. Also please be sure that your house has been tested for carbon monoxide as you are getting confusion. There are companies that can test your house or the fire department can do it. You could also call your poison center for recommendations. ...Read more

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How harmful can black mold be to someones health?

How harmful can black mold be to someones health?

Mold allergy: Some people have significant mold allergy, and for them, living in an environment that contains black mold can cause health problems, such as asthma and other allergic reactions. Fortunately, most people are not sensitive to mold do not experience harmful health effects when exposed to mold. ...Read more