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What Can Kill Black Mold
Thieves Oils: Theives oil will kill all molds; but nothing will work well until the moisture problem is cleared up. This is a proprietary blend of essential oils of clove, rosemary, cinnamon, eucalyptus and lemon. Several studies have shown effectiveness in killing mold spores. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Molds consist of airborn spores and spreading forms (hyphae) growing on surfaces. Several species are black including stachybotrys and aspergillus. Black mold ingestion has been associated with a toxic syndrome with brain and blood disorders. Most patients do not ingest black mold so the correlation with their ...Read more
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Black Mold: Very hard to tell what type of mold it is by just looking at it. There are lots of different molds out there that can have a dark or black color. The best way to identify is to have experts take samples to determine what mold you are dealing with. Exposure to small amounts of mold in your house will not kill you but if you have an indoor mold allergy, it can contribute to worsening rhinitis/asthma ...Read more
I say "No": Lawyers and "pop" health advocates claim that various molds in the home produce substances that cause grave illness. I remain skeptical after having followed the claims for about 15 years. Since it's hard to eliminate mold from hard-to-get-to places in the home, people seeking explanations for vague . mysterious symptoms will decide mold is the cause, go online & tell others. ...Read more
Black Mold Risks:
Stachybotrys chartarum species of mold is called black mold.
Some people are sensitive to molds.
Symptoms of black mold exposure:
• Chronic coughing and sneezing
• Irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat
• Chronic fatigue
• Persistent headaches
In particularly severe cases of prolonged exposure, black mold health effects can be more dangerous. ...Read more
Black mold: Depending on how much you inhaled it and if you have any lung diseases and or if you have any conditions that affect your immune system, it might cause lung related problems. However if you are healthy, you don't have any symptoms now, you would probably be fine. See a doctor and discuss about it if it still bothers you. ...Read more
See below:: While certain molds are toxigenic, meaning they can produce toxins (mycotoxins), the molds themselves are not toxic, or poisonous. In 2004 the institute of medicine 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 individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. ...Read more
Depends on Exposure: Transient exposure to a small amount of mold is likely not significant. Symptoms usually only occur with very high levels of exposure like in an occupational setting. "Silo-unloader's disease" or "grain fever syndrome" has been described in workers exposed to large quantities of fungal material while cleaning silos but illness is typically self limited and workers recover without lung impairment. ...Read more
Stop worrying: Black mold is very common, and after 20 years of internet scare stories, the scientific community has still not identified any believable syndrome. Most of us think that the business is being kept going by tort lawyers and big-money mold-removal corporations. People with vague / psychosomatic complaints are urged to blame "black mold", and the big losers are ordinary, decent people. ...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
Black Mold: Very hard to tell what type of mold it is by just looking at it. There are lots of different molds out there that can have a dark or black color. The best way to identify is to have experts take samples to determine what mold you are dealing with. ...Read more
Black mold: In humans black mold poisoning is controversial and usually mild. It may come from ingested of moldy grain but would be uncommon. Inhalation of balck mold spores can produce fatigue and allergy and temporary memory impairment in my experience by actual neurotoxicity is controversial. ...Read more
Forgadaboutit: Avoidance is the only answer , there is no known effective de-tox program and a seriously toxic reaction to molds usually happens after extremely high exposure usually in an occupational environment and rarely if ever in the home environment. ...Read more
A good shower: The toxic effects from molds are often over-exaggerated . A good shower will often take care of it in your situation if that was just a single exposure in an office or home. ...Read more
Get rid of mold: Scientific studies show indoor black mold growth doesn't cause poisoning and these molds don't produce toxins harmful to humans. Mold infestation aggravates mold allergy causing sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy eyes and in asthmatics cough, chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing. You should hire a company specializing in mold elimination and treat the underlying water leak. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mold in the home: There are many types of mold and many of them are black. Mold spores are everywhere and a part of life on earth. Excess growth of mold in the home usual comes from an area of water penetration coupled with stagnation of that moisture (lack of appropriate ventilation or airflow). Fixing the problem requires removal of the water source/leakage and/or improving ventilation. ...Read more
Not much different: Mildew is mold or fungus on moist surfaces. Black mold simply refers to those fungi that have dark pigment. There are literally thousands of mold. The scare over "black mold" is not scientifically proven and while it is good to clean up mold in the home, do not lose sleep over the color. ...Read more
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