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Mold facts

  • Some types of mold are commonly known as mildew.
  • Mold may live indoors or outdoors and thrives in damp, warm, and humid environments.
  • Although shower stalls and basements are typical moist areas prone to the growth of molds, any moist area in the household may harbor mold.
  • Allergic reactions to mold are the most common health effects of mold. Mold allergy symptoms and signs include
    • wheezing,
    • rash,
    • watery eyes,
    • runny nose,
    • itchy eyes,
    • coughing,
    • redness of the eyes.
  • The best way to prevent mold in the home is the control of moisture.
  • There are no EPA or government standards that have been established for mold or mold spore levels, so it is impossible to prove that a building or room is in compliance with any regulations concerning mold exposure.
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Comment from: crzydmd, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 10

I was exposed for months to mold (black). It didn't smell too bad so I thought nothing of it. I finally was debilitated to the point where I couldn't even open the jar of medicines I had received. One was for gout, the other for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for which I am still being treated. My landlord left a leak that got worse and was never in a hurry to fix it. It's been 2 years and I still suffer greatly. I feel my life is ruined unless there is a cure. Someone told me gout and RA are always, or, very often misdiagnoses for mold exposure. Even today, I got down on the ground for something and couldn't get up. I'm even thinking about an attorney. There was often work done without permits, and shoddy. The place hasn't changed much so someone could go back and see what kind of mold it is.

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Comment from: curious mom, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 24

I am a mother of 3 young children, 7 years, 5 years, and 1 year. I moved into our apartment 2 years ago. I found black mold under the padding of the rugs in both bedrooms. The landlord said to spray bleach on it and it will go away. I never changed the old padding in family room. Recently I saw black mold on my bathroom wall when a piece of paint chipped. So I pulled a decent amount off and found that it is more than I thought. It is hidden under scrapple tape. My new landlord won't help, I wonder how serious this is.

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Comment from: Co-oper, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I felt some pain that started in the right side of my back, I was thinking it may be a stone, and over a month it grew worse and now circled my pelvic area into the scrotum. The clinical indication was gross hematuria. Here are the findings from the CT scan. Multiple diverticula in the colon, without evidence of acute diverticulitis, negative exam for renal or ureteral calculi, multilevel degenerative changes in the spine, at least 3 small lung nodules in the right lower lobe, measuring up to 7 mm, atherosclerosis and cholelithiasis.

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