Mold Exposure and/or Toxicity

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SouthernChick
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   Posted 10/25/2013 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I would like to hear from any of you who have had symptoms from mold exposure or mold toxicity please. What were your symptoms, and how were you treated for them? And by whom? I am desperate to find out what is happening to my body and need to get a diagnosis and help quickly. I have been exposed to mold for a long time, but more so in the past several months, and I am very ill. (I may also have Lyme and am working on figuring that out as well.) Thank you.

Dred
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   Posted 11/1/2013 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   
SouthernChick, where are the molds located in your house? why mold exposure for long time? keep your house dry by lessening the moist around. do you use an air purifier?

SouthernChick
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   Posted 11/1/2013 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I believe there is mold under my built-in spa tub and under the house. A professional is scheduled to come in a couple of week to look for and remove and mold. I have mold in my unattached garage (I do not go in there anymore). I have also been exposed the mold in my occupation in the last six months or so, but have solved that problem. Was up half the night last night with severe heart palpitations. Took a Benadryl in case it was from something I ate; took a Prilosec in case it was from acid (never been diagnosed with GERD). Still having them this a.m. I am sooooo tired and just want a diagnosis and to feel like myself again. I was an energetic woman who walked several days a week. Now I feel like a lump. I have joint pain, muscle pain and weakness, heart palpitations, headaches, shortness of breath; memory loss and confusion, vision problems, sleep disturbances, general malaise. Just not well and not happy!
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Dred
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   Posted 11/3/2013 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
SouthernChick, I'm sorry to hear your dilemma about moulds :(

This might help,here are some other six strategies that can make a big difference in containing mold.

1. Look for Leaks
Periodically check your roof and the household plumbing.If you have a basement, check the floor and walls for signs of water infiltration. If you find a leak, repair it right away.
Just because you don’t see mold “doesn’t necessarily mean you are in the clear,Even if you don’t see any mold, if you are experiencing unexplained symptoms and have eliminated other culprits, it could be mold.

2. Break Out the Bleach
Most indoor mold can be eliminated simply by getting rid of the mold item or by wiping the affected surface with diluted bleach (one cup of bleach per gallon of water). Be sure to wear goggles and rubber gloves.

3. Use a Dehumidifier
If the humidity exceeds 50% in any room, find ways to bring it down. One possibility is to boost ventilation by installing (and using) exhaust fans. If this doesn’t do the job, get a dehumidifier - it helps to maintain the humidity level in your home to alleviate problems caused by humid air, such as mould and mildew growth, and pests such as fleas, cockroaches, clothes moths and dust mites.

4. Wear a Mask
Mold spores get stirred up every time you sweep, vacuum, or do yard work. To protect yourself at these times

5. Rip Up the Carpet
As long as there is sufficient warmth and water, mold can grow on all sorts of common household items, including wood, paper products, foam rubber, wallboard, and carpet. Indoor plants can harbor mold as well.

6. Fix Up Your Furnace
Replace the filter every 3 months, and have your furnace serviced every six months. It’s also a good idea to put a HEPA air filter in your bedroom and in any other rooms where you spend significant amounts of time.

Hope this would help you.. how are you working if you are experiencing all these symptoms?

SouthernChick
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   Posted 11/7/2013 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Dred. I didn't become ill until July 30th when I woke up and could barely walk. Then an onslaught of symptoms set in for at least a month. Now I am feeling much better but have episodes, such as severe heart palpitations, terrible fatigue (daily), no brain to speak of... I am self-employed and have slowed down to almost nothing in the past several months. Right now, I am feeling pretty good with exception of fatigue and fuzzy-brain. But was in ER last weekend with severe heart palps!

Dred
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   Posted 11/7/2013 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh sorry to hear that, heart palps is terrible.. don't drink coffee it would aggreviate your heart palps. what did you do now with the mould in your house esp under your built in spa tub?

mikihaas
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   Posted 12/1/2013 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a problem with mold in my downstairs rooms after flooding. I used bleach on the walls, removed the carpet, and bought a dehumidifier; however, the mold keeps returning due to the damp environment. I was told to use bleach on the walls and paint them with Kilz paint to prevent continued mold growth. Unfortunately mold still forms along baseboards as I live in a very wet/damp area. My point is that you may want to paint your walls with Kilz after bleaching them.

Dred
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   Posted 12/1/2013 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
mikihaas, solve the problem first why molds are forming,you said you live in a damp environment.. try using borax in removing molds or spray white vinegar and yes use of a dehumidifier would help.
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