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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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Short term exposure to mold have long term health effects?

Short term exposure to mold have long term health effects?

Allergy Symptoms: It is always difficult to predict short term exposure to molds in every individual.But majority of people including children exposed to molds even for short periods will have allergy symptoms like nasal and sinus congestion/sore throat and chest tightness,cough and wheezing ...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.?

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

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Which type of health problems come from black mold?

Which type of health problems come from black mold?

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 are the health effects of living around black mold?

What are the  health effects of living around black mold?

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

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The black mold in my house is causing me health problems. How do I remove it?

Mold abatement: Hire a professional company to get rid of the mold. Specialized equipment and chemicals are required. They will be able to test and make sure there are no lingering spores when they finish. ...Read more

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How harmful for your health is 3 pieces of ingested bread with possible mold?

How harmful for your health is 3 pieces of ingested bread with possible mold?

Not bad: Aside from the yucky taste, there is no harm as your digestive track will get rid of the mold. Donate the rest of that loaf to the ducks at your local pond. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a very serious black mold problem in my house how does it effect my health?

I don't believe it: After twenty years of internet scare stories, the scientific community has not identified any syndrome affecting anyone in reasonably good health resulting from black mold. Most of us think the business is driven by tort lawyers and big-money mold removal companies. People with vague / psychosomatic complaints are urged to blame "black mold", and the real losers are the public. ...Read more

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How long do you have to be exposed to some back mold around air vents to cause serious health problems? Can it cause death?

How long do you have to be exposed to some back mold around air vents to cause serious health problems? Can it cause death?

This mold: is common and steps to eliminate it should be taken HOWEVER this kind of mold is seldom AIRBORNE and can produce ALLERGIC symptomatology in susceptible individuals! IT DOES NOT KILL PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Can draining food over a pan which has been soaking for twelve hours be harmful to health? Can mold get onto the food from the pan?

Can draining food over a pan which has been soaking for twelve hours be harmful to health? Can mold get onto the food from the pan?

Your question is: ambiguous. Did you drain excess fluid from the food into the pan or put food into the pan when it had dirty water in it? You shouldn't cook food in water that has been sitting in a dirty pan for 12 hours. But its okay if you washed the pan thoroughly with dish detergent and hot water before using it to prepare food. And YES, mold can grow anywhere food's been sitting around long enough. ...Read more

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What health problems can mildew and mold cause?

What health problems can mildew and mold cause?

Allergies&respirator: Not all molds cause health problems but some are known to cause allergies, and some produce harmful mucotoxins which can cause serious health problems.But most of the molds in high concentration can cause adverse effect on human health. The problems start when people inhale large quantity of airborne mold spores cause resp.Prblems like cough, asthma, wheezing eye irritation, nasa/sinus congestion, head. ...Read more

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What are the health risk of mold exposure? How much mold exposure is considered hazardous?

Mold: Mold exposure depends on the duration of exposure, there is no set level that determines a dangerous or hazardous level but chronic exposure can lead to respiratory problems. ...Read more