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What Generally Causes Pink Mold
Realized my electric toothbrush has had mold on it for past month. I kept it in a case which was bad idea. Has had pink stuff on it which I now know is mold. Got new brush now but could my exposure have caused osteomyelitis and cause bone loss I face?
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
Poor eyesight?: Someone might eat a doughnut with mold, if s/he cannot see it has mold on it. The person might also have poor judgment about what's safe or desirable to consume. Some -- such as elderly people with dementia -- might not realize food has been in their refrigerators or cupboards too long. They need help from others to keep edible foods available and accessible. ...Read more
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
My clean bed sheets were damp but mostly dry when I put them on my bed. Could this cause mold? Are there any health concerns?
Ans: You should have your sheets completely dry before you put them on the bed ...Read more
Rare but possible: It can be any type of mold you are allergic to. On the other hand, I have only seen one single case of anaphylaxis from mold exposure in several decades of practice. That involved a mold-allergic patient who was spreading steer manure as a fertilizer. When we cultured the fertilizer she used , huge amount of mold growth was found. And that's no bull. ...Read more
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