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What Is Black Mold
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
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
Black mold hype: This mania about "black mold" is unwarranted. Many molds are dark or blackish in color and are ubiquitous in damp climates. Molds can cause respiratory allergy symptoms and very occasionally actual infection in mostly immunocomprimised individuals. The tv hype was just that- hype. They are not the cause of every symptom from a to z. ...Read more
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
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
Mold allergy: An allergy to mold shows up as usual symptoms of allergic rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, and asthma. These conditions should be treated by your doctor and can cause headache, sleep issues, fatigue, etc. As respiratory irritants, there is no long term effect to your health if you are not allergic to the mold and simply just remove yourself from being confined to spaces that have high mold burdens. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Black mold: Usually black mold symptoms are that of allergy to molds. Black mold is more uncommon and the spores are large so it is not prominant as a allergen. The neurotoxic aspects to tricothecenes are controversial and not generally accepted at this time. Some black molds do not produce tricothecens so it depencds on the type, density, duration and individual susceptibility. ...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
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