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What Should I Do About Moldy File Folders At Work
Wear a mask: Wear a particle mask to prevent inhaling the spores. Look for moisture in the location and get that eliminated; clean the files of a much of the mold as possible. When the moisture is resolved infusing thieves brand essential oil into the air (which may be uncomfortable to humans) will help to kill any remaining mold spores. If you can't get cooperation may need to look for a new job location. ...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
I am so busy at work as a nurse i rarely have time to eat.. I accidentally ate moldy bread today. Dangerous?
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
I'm worried because my fianc works for a company where the owners know there is black mold present, what do you suggest?
Ignore it: These scare stories have been all over the internet for two decades without the medical community identifying any illness clearly related to this familiar growth. Most of us think that these fears are being promoted by tort lawyers and big-money mold removal companies. ...Read more
What are the health hazards of inhaling mold? I always wear a mask at work when a house i work in is moldy, i was just curious of the risk factors.
It depends: on the frequency, duration, volume of mold and your medical conditions. Mold is very common and inhaling it for a few minutes is not harmful. However, exposure for months to years can be harmful. There are tests in the blood to see if it is affecting you. A chest xray is a basic test for diagnosis. Having diabtets or other immune disorders can aggravate it. Please consult your primary doctor ...Read more
If you work in àn office that is loaded with black mold could it make you sick? What symptoms? Would it be throat chest irritation, flushing reaction?
Yes: In my experience, most people will be affected by the odor and some may have mucous membrane irritation (throat, chest, eye) from the volatile organic compounds. Up to 1/2 of the people exposed may develop allergic disorders such as asthma ,hay fever, or eye allergy. A few many develop pneumonia-like pictures and even permanent lung damage. In other words, mold is a really bad dude. ...Read more
Hello I've been having all the symptoms of black mold exposure. Lately it's been getting worst. Chest pains and it's very hard to breathe. Everybody thinks I'm crazy when their is visible black mold on my walls. What should I do?
Allergic: Black mold is a known allergen. The symptoms you describe sound like asthma. This is a condition that must be treated. There are other common elements that can cause your symptoms like dust mites. You need to get the black mold and dust removed ASAP and make where you live safe for a patient with asthma. First and foremost you must get medication for your asthma and allergies today. Se MD for eval ...Read more
Absolutely!: Some molds release toxins that can cause a variety of problems, mostly with breathing, in humans in general. Some people will develop allergies to the molds; this often starts with nasal congestion and sneezing, and may develop into cough and wheezing as well. Remove all the mold with a dilute bleach solution but more importantly, eliminate the water leakage that allowed the mold to grow. ...Read more
You'll be okay: I'm going to assume that it did not trigger an attack of asthma that took you to the emergency room. This isn't the place to talk about whether legalization will make the product safer, or that smoking anything isn't really doing your lungs a favor. The greatest danger of 'weed' is doing something silly while you're high. Be careful, and make good choices. ...Read more
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