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What are symptoms I should look for if I have mold in my apartment?

What are symptoms I should look for if I have mold in my apartment?

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

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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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I have mold in my apartment. I also have a sinus infection which caused vertigo.. i use a dehumidifier.. Am i making things worse?

I have mold in my apartment. I also   have a sinus infection which caused vertigo.. i use a dehumidifier.. Am i making things worse?

No: need to see a provider to be tested on molds and if positive need to move because it is hard to remain the mold. The dehumidifier works a little by decreases the moisture that allows fungi to grow but doesn't get rid of it Your constant sinus infections are probably due to the molds see a provider for treatment and help in dealing with this problem ...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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Developed cough from mold in apartment. Lived there one year, cough for 8 months. Now that I'm gone, how long for cough to go away?

Developed cough from mold in apartment. Lived there one year, cough for 8 months. Now that I'm gone, how long for cough to go away?

Coughing Persists: In most of my patients, coughing was not due to mold. Most important is to find out if you have developed asthma because this is treatable and you may be in an early stage. If possible see a pulsmonologist. Coughing is helped by green tea/lemon/honey. Even a teaspoon of honey helps cough. Important not to self treat this because early treatment is so effective, not like late threatment. ...Read more

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My apartment has had pipe break/plumbing issues. I feel like "i don't want to know (if there are mold issues). Is there any reason I should find out?

My apartment has had pipe break/plumbing issues. I feel like "i don't want to know (if there are mold issues). Is there any reason I should find out?

No.: I would not look into this unless you develop symptoms of respiratory or nasal illness aside from the routine cough and viral stuff. The mold in question is stachybotrys species. It requires a very high moisture environment to grow and is not easliy aerosolized. It is very difficult to inhale any significant quantity of the mold and it has never been directly linked to human disease. ...Read more

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Was cleaning an apartment with black mold and dead cockroaches, how should I safeguard against any diseases from this?

Was cleaning an apartment with black mold and dead cockroaches, how should I safeguard against any diseases from this?

Cleaning mold/roach: If you do this for a job, please check in with your employer about safety precautions. For the casual home owner, i would recommend eye protection, proper footwear, gloves, and an n95 particulate mask that will filter out most inhalants. Immediate shower and change of clothes afterward is recommended. ...Read more