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Doctor insights on: What To Do If Exposed To Black Mold

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Should I see a doctor if exposed to black mold?

Should I see a doctor if exposed to black mold?

Only if you are ill: Not all people exposed to black mold will become ill. However if you have respiratory problems, nasal congestion, pneumonia, sinus infection etc., you should get out of the area. See an allergist if the problems persist even after having moved out. ...Read more

Black Mold (Definition)

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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Exposed to black mold, am I okay?

Exposed to black mold, am I okay?

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

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I've been exposed to black mold, how serious is this?

I've been exposed to black mold, how serious is this?

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

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For what length of time can you be exposed to black mold before its lethal?

For what length of time can you be exposed to black mold before its lethal?

No set time: Depends on what the symptoms are. The so-called microbial volatile organic compounds which give you the musty odor can irritate your nose, eyes, and lungs nearly instantly- if strong enough. The allergic sensitization may takes days or months to develop. Do note that not all people exposed to black molds develop diseases.
The answer is that the shorter the better and there is no set time. ...Read more

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I'm pretty sure my sister has been exposed to black mold and is suffering from some of the symptoms. What can we do?

Allergy consult: The toxic effects from "black mold" exposure are often exaggerated. A certain percentage of people exposed to it may develop asthma, hay fever, sinus infections etc. The best treatment is to move out of the place where the black mold has been found until the problem has been fixed. If problem continues, see an allergist. ...Read more

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Hi, I've been exposed to black mold. What steps do I take to get a text for biotoxins in my bloodstream thanks!

Hi, I've been exposed to black mold. What steps do I take to get a text for biotoxins in my bloodstream thanks!

No test: While some molds make a "mycotoxin", there is no test to see if you were exposed. When patients have symptoms of black mold exposure, it's an allergic reaction and not a poisoning. For almost all patients ever exposed, it's not a problem that needs to be concerned about. ...Read more

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If an infant is exposed to black mold for four months, and is only five months, what can that cause? Is it a long-term exposure?

If an infant is exposed to black mold for four months, and is only five months, what can that cause? Is it a long-term exposure?

No problem: There are 500, 00 molds and half of them are black. Unless there is an active breathing problem at this time, there is not going to be any long term problem. ...Read more

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I have been exposed to " black mold" for at least 5+ years in the low income apt I live in, I have a list of health issues could this be why?

I have been exposed to " black mold" for at least 5+ years in the low income apt I live in, I have a list of health issues could this be why?

Respiratory probs: Mold in general can cause mostly respiratory problems, such as bronchitis, asthma, etc and sometimes nasal allergies and sinus problems. Not sure what your health issues are, but if they include any of the above, it may be related. Get tested by an allergist. ...Read more

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Can a very short period of time exposed to black mold cause noticeable health effects?

Can a very short period of time exposed to black mold cause noticeable health effects?

Mold: Mold is mostly black and not all is toxic black mold, stachybotris. A short time may not lead to long term health effects but may cause acute respiratory symptoms depends on extent of exposure ...Read more

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Should I seek a toxicologist if I have been exposed to black mold, and I'm experiencing severe health problems mainly fatigue and dizziness?

Should I seek a toxicologist if I have been exposed to black mold, and I'm experiencing severe health problems mainly fatigue and dizziness?

Primary doctor first: For fatigue and dizziness, one should see his primary doctor for a thorough evaluation. Such symptoms are very common and can be due to almost any medical problem. If the primary doctor suspects that the fatigue and dizziness are related to mold exposure, he may refer to an allergist, immunologist, otolaryngologist, or pulmonologist; to look for allergies, nose or sinus problems, or lung problems. ...Read more

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I still have frequent urination after having been exposed to black mold, also caused ear fungus. What might I do to help my body detox?

No connection: Exposure to black mold does not cause urinary symptoms. Ear fungus, (I assume external ear canal) can happen in any person, particularly after wetting ear repeatedly. No need for detoxification, but see your physician to have your urine tested. There are many causes for frequent urination, including infection, certain diseases and even anxiety. So go and get checked out. ...Read more

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Can you get a yeast infection in your lungs from being exposed to black mold for two years. Breathing the spores in the air. I feel like im dying?

Possibly: If feeling badly, you should see your Dr for an evaluation and imaging of your chest to determine what is going on. ...Read more

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Hi, Will a CT scan show mold in your lungs or just scar tissue? I was exposed to black mold for a year. I'm still sick a year and a half later.

Hi, Will a CT scan show mold in your lungs or just scar tissue? I was exposed to black mold for a year. I'm still sick a year and a half later.

Ct scan: A lung CT scan can not show mold of other infectious agents but can show scarring or other changes resulting from inflammation possibly caused by infection. ...Read more

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Been exposed to black mold from my floors. Not sure if it could be in walls. Have sore shoulder and neck and heartburn & burping. EKG was fine. Worried?

Been exposed to black mold from my floors. Not sure if it could be in walls. Have sore shoulder and neck and heartburn & burping. EKG was fine. Worried?

Black mold: Mold is present everywhere. Professionals test the air. If the count indoor is higher than outdoors, that is a point of concern. Usually there are upper respiratory asthma effects. Follow guidelines for mold reduction, consider HEPA air purifier. May have gastritis (w/ or w/o H pylori bacteria), GERD, gallbladder, TMJ, strep unrelated. F/u w/doc

https://www. Cdc. Gov/mold/stachy. Htm#Q1 ...Read more

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What is black mold?

What is black mold?

Stachybotrys: Stachybotrys is the mold most often referred to as "black mold." however, there are many other molds that are black in color. ...Read more

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How dangerous is black mold?

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
• rashes
• Chronic fatigue
• Persistent headaches
In particularly severe cases of prolonged exposure, black mold health effects can be more dangerous. ...Read more

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I just ate black mold. What do I do?

I just ate black mold. What do I do?

Enjoy it: Hope it tasted good. Shouldn't bother you due to stomach acid killing it. Please don't fall for the "black mold hoax" - junk science. ...Read more

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How possible is black mold to hurt me?

Not likely: There is a lot of fear about black mold lately. Much of it is exagerated. The best way I can help is to refer to you this reliable resource.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/mold/stachy. Htm

If you have respiratory symptoms around mold you may be allergic to it. An allergy evaluation can help. ...Read more

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Can black mold make a child very sick?

Mold and health: Mold can cause adverse effects on any body's health. It can trigger asthma ort lung problems in people even if htey have no asthma. Get it cleaned asap. ...Read more

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Can black mold cause anaphalatic shock?

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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I think I ate black mold, what do I do?

Probably nothing: Even if these molds produce toxins, you will have to eat a lot of them to get any toxic effect. If you are not sick by now (assuming you posted the question at least an hour after), you should be ok. In general, one should avoid spoiled food. ...Read more

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How long do symptoms of black mold last?

Depends: If you have developed an allergic reaction to the molds, the condition may improve but not go away when no longer exposed. If your symptoms are from the irritating effects of the volatile organic compounds which give mold the musty odor, then these symptoms should be gone shortly after the exposure. ...Read more

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How does black mold effect you if you ingested?

Stomach upset: Ingesting moldy food can cause a stomach upset and diarrhea, but the symptoms should resolve on their own. ...Read more

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Is black mold that is forming in our house safe?

No: Mold should not be growing in your home. There are several molds that are black in color and all could potentially cause human illness either as an allergen or a respiratory irritant for others. If mold is seen on a wall this often is due to a water leak from a hidden pipe and might require removal of the sheetrock to determine the source. ...Read more

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How harmful can black mold be to someones health?

How harmful can black mold be to someones health?

Mold allergy: Some people have significant mold allergy, and for them, living in an environment that contains black mold can cause health problems, such as asthma and other allergic reactions. Fortunately, most people are not sensitive to mold do not experience harmful health effects when exposed to mold. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of black mold in your system?

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

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Which type of health problems come from black mold?

Which type of health problems come from black mold?

Respiratory probs: Generaly mold causes respiratory problems, such as runny and congested nose and sometimes asthma. Some individuals also develop sinus disease. Not all black mold is stachybotris, the dangerous mold. Apply bleach to all mold you see and keep the area dry. Mold thrives on humidity, get an dehumidifier and turn it on all the time to dry up the area that grows mold. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me the problems with black mold?

Can you please tell me the problems with black mold?

Allergy consult: The toxic effects from "black mold" exposure are often exaggerated. A certain percentage of people exposed to it may develop asthma, hay fever, sinus infections etc. The best treatment is to move out of the place where the black mold has been found until the problem has been fixed. If problem continues, see an allergist. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: black mold?

What is the definition or description of: black mold?

? Stachybotrys: 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 symptoms is less certain. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms for black mold?

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 more