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10 Health Risks of Toxic Mold

Are you Living in an Area with Risks of Toxic Mold?

If you are living in an area where the relative humidity is above 55%, you are very much liable to health risks caused by toxic molds. Black Mold, also known as Stachybotrys Chartarum. Stachybotrys Chartarum is a greenish-black fungi found worldwide that colonizes particularly well in high-cellulose material such as straw, hay, wet leaves, dry wall, carpet, wall paper, fiber-board, ceiling tiles, thermal insulation, etc. The fungus, before drying, is wet and slightly slimy to touch. Stachybotrys is considered a toxic mold and is one of the major health risk providers.

Species of Black Mold

There are about fifteen species of Stachybotrys worldwide. Contrary to popular belief, this type of fungus does not grow on plastic, vinyl, concrete products, or ceramic tiles. Neither is it found in the green mold on bread or in the black mold on shower tiles. The toxic mold environmental risk may be one of the next major real estate due diligence concerns, especially in property development areas where major flooding has occurred. The problem is that the existence of toxic molds not only includes residential and commercial area flood incidents, but also numerous minor water releases due to plumbing failures, conductive condensation, house water leaks and accidents. The toxic mold concern could also be a problem where fires have occurred on residential properties. For some people, exposure to the toxic mold spores may stay just a “risk”. To others, it may be a real health hazard, with life-threatening results.

Health Risk or Health Hazard?

Whether a potential liability concern is just health risk or a major hazard, there will be paramount in defining the critical level of due diligence and disclosure response by responsible parties. There are already several major lawsuits concerning toxic mold exposure in residential and commercial buildings throughout the United States.

The 10 most common health risks associated with toxic mold are:

1. pulmonary hemorrhage or pulmonary hemosiderosis (primarily in infants)

2. nose bleeds

3. immune system suppression (resulting in increasing numbers of infections)

4. hair loss

5. dermatitis

6. chronic fatigue

7. psychological depression

8. diarrhea

9. sore throats

10. headaches and other flu-like symptoms

Can All Toxic Mold Be Eliminated?

One of the major concerns that many experts have is that one might not be able to permanently eliminate ALL of the toxic mold from a structure. There also remains a great propensity for future reoccurrence. It is therefore recommended that great care be exercised to remove and dispose of all products that have been contaminated by the toxic mold. Another concern is that state’s Health Departments will consider ambiguous and genetic disposition as a response to the inquiries about toxic mold that is made by the public. There will be some people, especially children, which will exhibit more adverse reactions than other persons exposed to the toxic mold. Some of these reactions will include death, lung tissue damage and memory loss. This may also depend on the chemical sensitivity, genetic disposition, and predisposing health history. Currently, most health organizations consider exposure to toxic mold a health risk and hazard. Keep in mind that most responses leading to testing, investigations, and abatement of the toxic mold are due directly to occupant complaints or documented detrimental health effects.

Liability Concerns

Toxic molds may even evolve to a point where it is regarded with the same cautions, response and liability concerns as those attributed to lead-base paint and asbestos. Health hazards and risks associated with concern to exposure to these types of mold are currently considered as short-term effects as opposed to exposure to radon gas in houses, which is considered a long-term health risk. The Stachybotrys fungi cannot be identified by a routine visual inspection. All black molds are not necessarily Stachybotrys. It could be non-toxic black mold. The only method to determine the type of mold present is by sample analysis by an accredited laboratory. Also, it is important to keep in mind that the mold is only a toxic risk or hazard if a person breathes or comes into contact with the spores. Wet mold is not an indoor air quality health risk, but there is a significant potential for the mold to dry and released into the air. Be wary of continuous health problems you might be having. If you cannot find the cause of these problems, chances are they are not really that visible to the eyes. Toxic molds can be as risky to your health as any other environmental factors.

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Joslyn from the MoldBlogger Team

74 Responses to “10 Health Risks of Toxic Mold”

  1. I am a victim of toxic mold. My symptoms include an inability to recall short-term memories, walking problems, shaking, and major changes in peronality, like outbursts of anger. We lived in two houses that we had to move from because life became impossible due to mold. It is so much more than watering eyes and a runny nose – it is every system in the body. My vision became foggy and my eyes literally sunk in my head. My skin became wrinkled and I developed black circles under my eyes. I looked like a crack addict. So, anyone whose life begins to change, relationships begin to fall apart, and anger becomes a way of life, consider moving! There is no amount of bleach that will make it okay for the person who has developed the allergy. Plus, the bleach is really bad for people like us. We couldn’t even take one piece of paper with us, as it is now contaminated and it makes me sick. Now we live in a tiny, 2-bedroom, very clean apartment on a slab (leaving my 3,000 sq. ft. house). It is worth it! Next house we buy will include an very thorough testing before signing the contract!

  2. I lived in an apartment that started to flood and never stopped. Mold had grown everywhere. The manager was aware of this and was cited to have a mold level test and fix other serious deficiencies that they never did. I have a compromised immune system and liver disease. My ammonia level went sky high. It was not like that until I moved into this apartment and stopped when I moved out. It was a revolving door. I was hospitalized and had many ER visits buy rescue.

    I was in Respiratory ICU for three weeks after two months at new place. The last time I became ill was right before I moved out. My family had not heard from me for four days. My son crawled through my bedroom window and found me sitting in bed, half dress, knotted hair, and dry bloody lips, semi-comatose and half-dead. I had not left my bed for four days, so you can imagine what my son saw. He called 911 and called my mom sobbing. I was rushed to the Trauma Center, last rights, admitted into ICU. I didn‘t know anyone and I did not talk, I babbled. I have three sisters that are nurses; they said they believed they were going to leave the hospital without me.

    I barely made it, and then I went to a psychiatric hospital. I could not talk right, I forgot common words, did not recognize my sons, grandchildren and family. I could not write legibly, make change from $1 and I was talking as if it was 1976-1979 when I was in high school. I was talking about the blizzard of 1978, high school friends & boyfriend, my teachers, a fatal car accident I saw, my Spanish teacher. When my sons and grandchildren came up to see me, I was confused. I knew them, but I could not figure out who they really were. I did not want to tell anyone about all of this; because I was afraid, they would not let me go home.

    Finally, my dad told me that was many years ago. I was puzzled. I did not know how he could have been so old. I did not want to hurt anyone feelings, so, I shut up, and lived in my world. I became very angry and demanded to go home. They discharged me. I did not know why they did that until I went home. I had Hospice Care. My family told me that they take care of people who are very sick and not necessarily dying. They tried to talk me into going to a nursing home. When I got home, I could not figure out why I had my own apartment. I was so mentally messed up. The Hospice nurses did not believe I had much more time to live. I did.

    I could not dress myself, bath myself, fix my meals, drive my car and did not want to answer my phone. I did strange things, and I still do not know what I was thinking. I took pictures of my family and started tearing them up. I saved some people’s pictures, but I through out the other half. Hospice helped me find another apartment, pack and move. I do not know how I did it, but I did. I moved into my new apartment, Hospice discharged me within two weeks, and I have not been sick since then. I still feel beat up by all that happened physically and mentally. I am well, but still not as I was before this happened. I never told my family this story; it was too hard to explain everything. Now, I will let my family read this email, so I do not have to relive this nightmare ever again.

  3. Lorraine, thank you so much for your story. That’s amazing and truly shows the damage that mold can make in one individual’s life.

    I wish you the best of health,

    Joslyn from the MoldBlogger team

  4. Hello Joslyn and the team,

    Thank you for your reply and your determination to get this out there to the public. I would like to express my sorrow to those who have lost loved one, and thank them for their courage of carrying this important message despite their pain. Sadly, the owners of the apartment complex could not wait for me to move. They had full knowledge of the mold infestation and my many hospitalizations nearly dying. I did call Housing Authority, and they were cited. I was moving anyway, however, not as quick as they would have liked. They would not receive rent, until the deficiencies were fixed. Therefore, they eliminated the least costly problem, me. Now, they are renting to others. I do not want to be arrested for trespassing; however, I will find a way to reach other tenants. Any suggestions…..

    Lorraine DeCristoforo

  5. Lorraine,

    I think you’ve done a wonderful job in letting others know.

    With such a heavy mold infestation, it won’t be long before the new renters realize the problem. Then, with more supporters against the landlords, there will be a higher chance of getting action for mold remediation procedures.

    I would, without trespassing or imposing on their rights, talk with the new tenants to see if they are experiencing the same or similar problems, and if they would be willing to join the fight against mold with you.

    Have a Wonderful Day!

    Joslyn from the MoldBlogger team

  6. Hi Joslyn and team,

    It has been quite sometime since I visited this website and read my blog and other’s.
    Often, I have this terrifying feeling inside, and I have to stop to think about what it is that is so tragic. When I realize that my sons are OK, I then realize it was the, “mold.” What a frightening word. Something I never thought about before. I still break down and cry, which is quite odd for me.
    I’ve been through some tragedies, but this one “gets me.”
    An attorney said something like, you’ve faced terminal illnesses before, like I have had practice at this, a pro… I thought it through and realized, I have been given a death sentence with my liver disease, but I never look death in the eye. For me, that is a huge difference.
    Lorraine

  7. I’m a little bit concerned. I’ve been living in a basement apartment for four months and I just pulled the bed out from the wall today and there’s all kinds of mold growing on the baseboards. It’s scary because I’ve been sleeping in the room for this long! I’ve been sick off and on since I moved here and have had a lot of really terrible migraines. I have also had allergic reactions to things that I never seemed to be allergic to before and my chest hurts. I’ve already given my notice to tell the people I’m moving out but I’m afraid to live here even one more day…yikes!

  8. Thanks all of you for sharing. I’ve had serious short term memory loss lately that seemed to come out of the blue. I have been living in a house with mold under the leaky kitchen sink for about nine months and wonder if that could be a cause. I live in Italy, where I don’t speak the language so well and building codes are not exactly up to US standards (no fire alarms or extinguishers!) I am definitely considering moving soon and see if my condition improves!

  9. I lived in a house with toxic mold,I moved out 5 months ago,just recently I was going through a box in the garage most of my things were left behind or thrown out while looking in the box my throat started hurting,my mouth became very dry and I felt a familiar burning on my face as I did before,can the toxins be in the air? Can toxins survive here too this is a newer home as the other but this one has no mold in the walls,if Toxins are in the air now how long will they stay? thank you. Teri Lynn Novak

  10. I am a care giver, my client lives in a very old trailer house. There is mold everywhere! I have never had allergies in my life, now I find that I have Hay fever, I get to work and my nose and eyes run, for the last two weeks or so I even feel nautious there.

    I am reading about the depression being caused by mold exposure. I’m wondering about that, I’ve been pretty crabby lately, well for the last year I think.

  11. Great site. Mold will continue to be an issue with homeowners. I’ve had many troubles. Keep up the great work!

  12. Hi, I have recently been exposed to mould. I live in a 2 bedroom apartment with my partner and 2 children. Our baby is in the room with us. Its a pretty small master bedroom with an ensuite. The ensuite had a leak behind the wall for months and we only realised this when the timber around it looked damp. Then we noticed mould was growing on the walls on our bedroom. I started to complain about a musty smell. I also noticed i was getting colds and flus and was very tired all the time. The up to 3 weeks ago my breathing start getting worse at night. Then it was getting much worse every night until i couldnt take it anymore. I went to the Dr. She gave me antibiotics for a chest infection. They did nothing for me, i then went back and she gave me an inhalor and sent me for a chest xray with a note saying “check for ‘something?’ fibrosis”. Now im waiting for the results and moved to my parent home. My breathing has much improved at night but im still coughing like mad throughout the day and night. My breathing is still a tiny bit tight now but the improvement is 80%. Im just hoping the dr. doesnt tell me the worst. Is this normal woth other mould sufferers and is it possible to get fibrosis from mould exposure?? And if its not Fibrosis could i have a permenant lung problem now?????

  13. Hi,
    I appreciate all who shared your stories, because they make me feel less alone. I don’t havethe energy to tell my story, but suffice it to say that I was exposed to a tremendous amout of mold, over a period of time, and now have Addison’s Disease.
    What has been a sheer Hell for me, has been my crazy ability to detect those certain spores or toxins on family members who come over after having been in thatsame apt. (in the woods) I get strange symptoms, like my eyes blinking or squeezing shut, a clicking or cracking sound inmy head, joints popping, and a ‘stupid’, pressure-like feeling in my head, as wellas inability to think well, and often, anger.
    When I hold objects the exposed people have brought over, I get those same symptoms…everything gets contaminated!
    I wish to God, I didn’t have this terrible ability to detect it,as it makes me so miserable (forgot to mention anxiety and depression, as well!)and it has cost me not only my health, but the love and support of my family…I feel so very alone in this. Thank you all, for understanding, and I hope you all get relief from this devastating problem.

  14. very interesting and helpful article to increase knowledge about health and mold.In recent time we should be familiar with that type of health issues.
    thank you.

  15. I live in a rental house that I believe is infested with mold, both on the surface of the walls and inside the walls. I can’t see it anywhere on the walls, but I’m sure it’s infested. I am sure of this because I once left some bread out and it got moldy. I immediately took the bread outside and buried it deep in a hole in the back yard. However, I’m sure toxic mold spores were released into the air from the bread sitting there on my counter for a few days – and now these microscopic death spores have been sucked into my heating ducts and have been circulating toxic fungus throughout my house and into my lungs. In addition to the bread mold, I discovered mold growing on my shower curtain. It too has probably been releasing poison into the air and onto every single surface in my home. I am very concerned for my life and the precious lives of my family. Just like radiactive fallout, this invisible mold has coated every square inch of my belongings, so instead of wiping them off, I am not going to take any chances and am going to dispose of everything. I am certain I have felt differently since discovering the moldy bread. I can’t seem to remember anything, I have gotten depressed. I sometimes have trouble sleeping. I’ve had headaches, backaches, stomach aches, sore throats, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, itchy eyes and athletes foot. I get angry often. I have trouble staying interested in boring TV shows. I argue with my wife. Yes, I have had symptoms like this before in my life, but I see all this litigation going on about mold and I just know I have been infected and permanently damaged by the ravishing effects of this terrible terrible toxic mold. There is no way it can be attributed to anything else. I don’t know what to do. I wish there was someone I could call who could help me out of this situation. I would be so very grateful and relieved to get some sort of large financial settlement out of this like other victims – it would definitely bring me piece of mind and probably alleviate most of these horrible symptoms of toxic mold that are currently killing me. There has to be someone to blame for this – most likely my landlord. It’s his property afterall. He has several rental properties so I’m sure he is loaded. I love your informative site and am so thankful to see so many companies advertising on this site that make their money specifically from people like me suffering from the effects of toxic mold death. Please tell me who I can call to get some help with my horrific situation before it’s too late. Thank you.

  16. I’m going through so many similar issues with my 20 year old daughter. She is having symptoms of fever, shortness of breath, severe body aches, confusion, short term memory loss and headaches. Also, realizing that my husband is having reoccuring migraines, and my son has a chronic cough, sinus infections, etc. I decided to do some research on my own. My daughter has been to many doctors, ER visits, allergy tests, etc and no one has mentioned mold exposure. All bloodwork comes back normal. IS there a medication she can take to get better? Also, we are in the process of cleaning our home of mold after high levels of mold were found in the basement.

  17. I`m broken out with large welts,tired,headaches,muscle cramping and I have visible mold growing everywhere in my home.I so overwhelmed.Can someone please help me.Also am in great financial dept.

  18. This info is for Karen Wrenn: My story starts 3 years ago and two buildings ago my employer put us the employees two mold contanimated building to work in. I was a former United States Marine in top shape. In 2006, my employer put me and several employees in a toxic mold building, I had became very ill and complained, and they advised me I was having a mid life crises and mold could not make you sick. They suggested that I needed to see a psychiatrist. However, I tested the office myself and took picutes, with this proof, they moved me to a clean environment. Then a year later, again they moved the entire firm into a 100 year old building that flooded every time it rained, and had mold in it before they moved the employees in it. They ignored my warning in the first building. The building also suffered 3 sewage leaks. The firm tested and found toxic mold which showed up as high levels of mold spores, Stachybotrys Chartarum being one of the molds found in the building. After a year in the 100 year old building, we were deathly sick. The firm even had somone spray mold killer spay during working hours. OSHA came to the office, and the employer gave OSHA a bogus mold test saying there was no mold in the building and OSHA closed the case. OSHA never received the toxic mold test we found in one of the lawyer’s offices during the move. After a year, the attorneys were sick so they moved, but didn’t de-contaminate nothing, and had us the employees wipe down all the furniture without masks or any protective gear. At this point the employees still didn’t know about the Stachybotrys Chartarum in the building. After the cleaning I did for the move I became deathly sick. I now have mold in my body, my lungs, it effected my heart, my brain. Anyway, I researched and researched. I found Biosigns from Atlanta who sent a nurse to draw my blood to see if I had fungus in my blood, because no doctors in Mississippi had clue about the toxic effects of mold. I went to an allergist, not allergic to mold, I went to doctor after doctor and was getting frustrated because I was deathly sick. My level of fungus in my blood was off the chart. Then I contacted Dr. Andrew Campbell from Houston, TX, he specializes in Toxic Mold Exposure. He diagnosed me and is now presently treating my condition with IVIG treatments, and it could take up to two years after the toxic mold exposure. Needless to say, since the employer did not reveal the toxic levels of mold to the employees (it was seen all over the building), a lawsuit has been filed. Mold is ignored in MS. Doctor’s here in the south don’t even know how to test for this disease, that is why I travel to Texas…I hope this has helped many other victims.

  19. I would like to know what can I do to find out if the exposure that I had few years back with mole Greenish/Black all over my bedroom walls and bathroom and fungus growing from beneath the walls with me being the one cleaning it – would cause to me as a health issue.

  20. I was living in a home that was covered with mole on the walls of the house more in the restroom and bath and also fungus (mushroom looking flower)growing from beneath the walls in the garage with me being the sole person cleaning it daily – what can be the cause or health issues that I can be facing today.

  21. I lived in a home with toxic mold and yes it will make you sick very sick,i watched it change me and my kids and each person that entered my home and i watched in the short 5 months i lived there two of my animals die.I went to Home Depot and bought a mold test kit then sent it off which cost total under 30.oo with lab work and all,mold clean up companies cost in the 1,000′s if you are going to take your case to court be prepared with every inch of paper trail you can get from day one pictures,video’s if you have one,doctor visits,emergency room visits,witnesses,e-mail,save everything and find a Lawyer with experience or you are wasting your time,mold cases are very hard to prove even with proof believe me I lived it. Some people are allergic to mold and some like us are not but Toxic Mold affects everyone and everything you do not half to be allergic to toxic mold for it to affect you,no matter how strong or healthy you are even a few minutes in the area of toxic mold if you are not aware of it you will have a cold or sore throat or similiar,we our entire family even pets with in 2 months had colds,sore throat,eyes watered,red spots,stomach hurt,head ache,i coughed 2 months my doctor thought i might have lung cancer but xray ruled that out,our cat was dead in 3 days of being in the toxic area (no idea we had toxic mold at that time)toxic mold is silent you are being affected and don’t even know it,if you see mold have it tested cause toxic mold must be cleaned and the sourse for it growing in the first place be found or it will come back if it is even really gone, it will kill you if you don’t kill it first. you can send me questions to buckigal09@att.net good luck…

  22. I recently moved back to Wisconsin to take care of my Mom after being in KS for the past 12 years.
    I’m not sure if my Moms’ symptoms are related to mold, but am hoping somebody can email me back with some answers. My Mom is 73 years old and was recently diagnosed with depression, however,she has some of the symptoms associated with mold from what I have read in the blogs. Her symptoms are as follows: severe trembling,uncontrolllable voice tics, i.e. she says “Oh” “Oh my God” “What did I do” constantly pacing the floor,eyes watering, hard coughing, confused, anxiety etc.
    After being in her home after 3 days, I became VERY ill. After I was better,I went on a 3 day break, and when I returned to Mom’s home, I became sick all over again.
    PLEASE… I need help to find out what has happened to Mom. If anybody has any answers to this, please email me back, I need all the help I can get

  23. Hi Joslyn, Jonathan, and Joshua

    I work for a company who has developed a product that is effective and safe against mold. I would like to recommend for them to send you guys a sample of the product to check out. Are you receptive to that? If so, where may I have them ship?

    Love your content.

    Michele

  24. My husband and I lived in a rented house. One and a half months after moving into the house he developed bronchitis. He had Hep C and 1 year to the day we moved in to the house he died. I also had chronic bronchial problems, but continued to live there for 2 more years. After many bouts with bronchitis, 6 months later he was in and out of the hospital 16 times. He died of Pneumonia. I moved out 2 months ago, during a bout of pneumonia myself. The new tenant contacted me a few days ago. SHe has felt ill, her boyfriend has developed pneumonia, and had the house checked for mold. The inspector said in all of his work, this was as bad as he has ever seen. Not only is the mold under the house but also in the attic due to improper insulation. The house was built in the 70′s. The owner is a realtor, and should have disclosed this issue or had the house checked. I am NOW sure that the house not only killed my husband, but caused my illnesses as well. Now that I know that there is mold and issues with the house, do I have any recourse with the landlord?

  25. hi im wondering if you could get sick a year or two later after being exposed to mold in apartment it was so bad that you could really smell it and as soon as you opened the front door if you werent familiar with the apartment living enviorment your breath would be taking AWAY ! ANYWAYS I JUST WANTED TO KNOW THIS BECAUSE I RECENTLY GOT DIAGNOSED WITH SINUSITIS BUT THE DANGEROUS KIND AND I WAS WONDERING IF THAT COULD BE A AFTER RESULT BEING EXPOSED TO THE TOXIC AND NON TOXIC MOLDS IN MY HOME?

  26. this is in response to steves post from january 24 of 2010..

    The manner in which you mock this subject is very disturbing. It makes me think that you may possibly be an ‘angry owner’ of a ‘toxic mold farm’ that has gotten you in some trouble. These people have health problems caused by toxic mold, not bread mold. My mother is dying from the same thing, and I blame the management for her illness because THEY neglected to repair water damages from 5 yrs ago, and many since then, even though we requested it repeatedly. If we had known there was so much mold, we would have NEVER stayed so long. My mother had respitory illness already, so the effects of mold poisoning are severe. The other people living there have all had their share of illness. It isn’t a joke. Mold IS horrible. Thats why it is described as horrible. Mock on, but don’t think you are clever or funny.. It’s just wierd and ignorant….oh yeah, and guilty of bieng negligent.

  27. Kelly, I completely agree with you!! It’s disgusting!! I wonder how he would feel if it were him, or his mother!! Then, people like him “might”, (but I doubt it) understand what it’s like being the victim and people like that have to almost die themselves before they could EVER put themselves in someone else’s shoes!! I do not believe his comment should even be allowed to remain on this site!!! SICKO

  28. Has anyone had any luck finding a mold cleaner that not only cleans, but prevents mold from coming back in consistently wet/damp areas?

  29. I would like to know how to get a college dorm room and science building tested for this mold? My daughter has most of these symptoms and we have had her tested for everything. We are trying to make an appointment for her to see a lung specialist.

  30. I work in a large building built in the 70′s. In the current economic situation, I am afraid to say anything for fear of losing my job. However, this building has mold – I’ve talked to the A/C men when they come out, and they’ve told me they’ve seen it in the air ducts. Last February, I was admitted to the hospital and nearly died from bacterial pnemonia. I’ve read up on all the typical symptoms of mold related illnesses, and I am experiencing most all of them. There are MANY others that work in this building that are sick too – I hear a lot of coughing, hear of sinus infections, etc…. Honestly, I think everyone feels as I do, afraid to say anything out of fear of losing their job. You can smell it when you walk inside. There have been numerous water leaks left uncleaned, damaged ceiling tiles, etc… WHO can I contact to HELP? I’ve been told OSHA, but to report to them, one FIRST has to go to management and tell them your concerns. Does no organization exist that can be confidentially contacted with a request to investigate?

  31. i lie in a apt building highrise and when i first moved into my apt over a year ago i was fine i didnt get sick i felt fine three months after i lived here there was a fire three floors above me all the water from the sprinklers in his apt and the fireman came into my apt in every room almost a year later i come into my apt it smells musty and i get headaches tight chest i been sick three times in the last year with bronchitis i itch to the point that scratching dont relieve it could i have mold and not see it? my landlord tested the apt at least thats what she said she done right after the flood was cleaned up and she said there was no mold whats weird i buy bread i leave it out it gets moldy overnight if i put it in fridge its fine for weeks

  32. Week 25 still feel the same as I did in April 2011, sunday october 16th was the first day I felt pretty good until that night. My head and vision scared the crap out of me until I layed back down and then the morning was right back to the same off balance feeling. Really…is it MOLD? WTF please go away!!!!!!!!!!! Any mold victims experience something this long? Was never like this before April!!

    I lived in a basement apartment for 2 months and developed these off balance feelings. ENT told me it was the mold and the test proved it seeing I am allergic to all molds, ENT did mention I should feel better once the first frost arrives. I wait everyday. I can deal with it some day but on others I get scared. Was checked for vertigo and nothing. I knew an older lady that live there before me that had the same symptoms she cleared up after 4 months. When will I be normal again?

  33. This is in response to Heather.

    I would contact the university directly and express your concern. People always come to me saying should I contact this organization or contact this lawyer?

    Usually when I ask them if they even talked to the landlord they say no and the matter is resolved with little hassle because the landlord/property manager wants it taken care of as well.

    When people like lawyers and health organizations get involved it takes alot of time and often times nobody wins (Except the lawyers $$). So try to explore the easiest routes possible first and hope they are willing to help.

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  35. I have lived in a rented 100+ yr old victorian house for 4 yrs…the last 3 always getting sick, or just plain tired….the last few months ,parasites ,,me, my 15 yr old son, and 15lb dog all have them, yet , all tests come back negative!!! Even the dogs and u can see the worms, bugs ,plain as day… I have taken parasite cleanser, bentonite clay , premixed, as well as my son, and dog. I am going to a
    ” wellness center ” in a few days. don’t understand why dr can’t find anything, worms and bugs are big. Can you help? Thanks

  36. I use dettol mould and mildew spray it does help but the smell is a bit strong so be sure to use a mask and gloves when cleaning and dont forget to open the windows. Our place has moulds weve been here for 2 years now. Im worried about our health especially with my little one. We on tight budget so we couldnt move out. I do get depressed living in here just knowing we have moulds here and my partner will just say that its only moulds it wont make you sick. Im sleepy and tired all the time not sure whether its because of the moulds or lack of excercise its winter time here and i dont go out much. Im having headaches and backaches quite a lot too.

  37. You can clean the mold with borax and hydrogen peroxide…but it will come back if the SOURCE is not eliminated. You can also clean the air ducts, that is where it is being circulated. You have to REBUILD your immune system otherwise it will be a lifelong problem, even AFTER getting out of the place. It is absorbed via the skin, sinuses, mouth, head, etc. It is in the body, then because it is there parasites set up shop, then viruses. It is not a joke, and I BELIEVE, the center of most diseases, including cancer. Check out the cancer connection with mold… Doctors’ know the cause, most!

  38. I mainly have a couple of questions if anyone could give me some insight. I work for a company in Texas that had flooded a couple of times and there have been numerous rumors about mold being seen flying out of the air ducts. As I read some of the symptoms above I have 5 out of 10 symptoms and I just feel lime i’m getting worse and worse. I went to the doc for the first time because I couldn’t breathe and was told I had a upper respirtatory infection. As soon as I finished the medication I felt like I had the flu and went back, I then got diagnosed with sinusitis, something to do with allergies, and asthma, since then I feel weaker and weaker & much more fatigued than I have ever been. I am just curious if this could be mold related and if I should be looking for a specialist. And if I do need to look for a specialist what should I be searching for (ie name of specialty).

  39. I live in a trailor, I moved here because I didn’t have anywhere to go. There’s not many places to move here, and I don’t have a lot of money. Once I was gone here and all my furniture molded. I know I have to use a lot of tissue! There’s mold everywhere, in cabinets,roof leaking.(Landlord don’t care and this is HUD approved.How?) I am disabled. Trying to get better, but this hasn’t helped. I was concerned so I found this site. I have lived here 7 years now. I didn’t understand how bad mold is, until I read this. Thanks for the site!I pray God willing I leave soon.

  40. Can someone email me testing you can do on both the body and home to see if its indeed mold that could be the cause of my family’s and my problems. Our house substained horrible fire damage after months of leaks and I’m afraid the clean-up was not so thorough as we are all dying of something now, all five of us. Obviously we haven’t many to rely on as were all desperately trying tgo support eachother as we each fall down… its a nightmare and I’m truely sorry for each person that has suffered anything like it.

  41. I am pretty sure the house I rent has a black mold problem. I cannot get my landlord to take care of it. He fixed the leaking roof but swears what I thought was mold was just wet wood. We know for sure we had mold under the leaking sink, he removed it but didn’t test it. I have migraine sydrome but my migraines have never had one for this long. I have also never been this sick. I have had my flu shots but I cannot get rid of my throat infections, sinus infections, and the flu. I have been sick for 7 months. Here is the worst part of the whole situation. I am a mommy of three babies ages 3, 2, and 3 months. They have had the same issues as me for longer then me! I can’t get any help from anyone. The doctors say it could be it may not be sorry I can’t answer your questions. I cannot get the state lady to call me my land lord wont help and I am very scared for my family! My kids have been so sick they are all loosing weight like crazy. Some one tell me what to do! I am only 21 and have never dealt with things like this. And I can’t get anyone to take me seriously!

  42. dear Team, one and a Half Years ago, I Was Offered to Buy a Modular Home , By A Sooooo Called friend, and Was NOT Told about The Water Damage,Past and Present…Water pouring in the Walls and Ceilings…and Her fater dying in here and Laying here for days…Since I have moved in..one and a half years ago..(including the day I Moved in with Water Pouring in the Windows, Walls, Etc.)..I have had Bronchitus, Bronchial Pnemonia, Ill…And Had a TIA,..Loss Of Limbs..and Now My Dogs are Showing the Same signs…What Recourse Do I Have Since ALL OF THIS WAS NEVER Disclosed, Especially since my Pets and I are being Affected Physically….PLEASE HELP…T

  43. I moved in with my girlfriend 7 months ago after having serious problems with my old flatmates, so decided i would move into hers. Before long we noticed slight mold patched growing in the corners of the bedroom above where we sleep. We rented out a room that was an old converted garage and had zero insulation. Over winter it measured 2.3 degrees Celsius and humidity of …get this… 99 percent. We lived here for at least 4 months. By the end the ceiling was covered in at least 20 patches of mold measuring anywhere between 3 inches to 15 inches in size. Clothes in the wardrobe were moldy, the underside of the mattress was moldy. I then had a severe reaction to it. I had a fever over 40 celcius for two weeks with a serious lower chest infection. I was prescribed two weeks of 1000mg antibiotics. And have been ill on and off for the past month after movign in after the landlord merely “bleached and covered” the bad parts. I have also been getting very and i mean very severe bouts of depression. I have never suffered before at all. But i was having horrible thoughts, i wanted to be alone, i didnt want to see anyone. I didnt want to be with my girlfriend anymore, however i didnt have any suicidal thoughts thankfully. I saw the doctor who said i had anxiety and depression. My girlfriend and i moved out of the room while renovations were being done and i got a lot better, the depression was gone, the anxiety was gone, the rash i developed cleared up nearly all symptoms were gone. We then moved back in after renovations and a new heater had been fitted. However the humidity is still reaching 75-80% and the heat around 20 celcius. I have now got cold sore throat symptoms…others in the house have started getting nosebleeds, another in the house has been diagnosed with depression and i have been getting slightly more depressed again. I truly believe this is down to the mold in the bedroom. It has been horrible living like this where nothing excites you anymore,where you are always tired and dont want to get up in the morning. This only makes things worse as all i was doing was staying in the moldy infested room making things worse. We are thankfully moving outo next week, so shall hope that the symptoms finally go! please anyone who thinks they may have a mold problem and are experiencing any symptoms, dont let the doctor fob you off with some terrible diagnosis. Check the mold out and get it sorted or move out. I never realised how dangerous it was. Look up the symptoms of the mycotoxins they produce. It is scary to say the least. So yea, hope you all get your situations sorted and please dont leave it any longer anyone who thinks they have this problem…trust me…its a doozy!!

  44. My wife was exposed to black mold growing in our basement. She has since experienced some mild liver damage, but worst of all Fibromyalgia and non-diabetic Neuropathy. Her pain is non-stop and continues to increase though we have left this home. She has spent countless hours at emergency rooms and accumulated tens of thousands in unpaid medical bills. For some reason her insurance has denied many ER claims. Has anyone else experienced nerve damage due to mold exposure? It is the only thing we can attribute her condition to.

  45. I was at work and opened a storage room door and was inadated with mold.It burned my throat and nose and now i am sick.Sneezing,running/stuffy nose and stomach issues.Could this related to the amount of mold that i inhaled when i opened the door? I was fine until that happened.

  46. Our whole building is very damp from all the rains and we have noticed black mold inside our apartment. Who are the best people to contact here in South Africa to check on Mold and damp walls of which the paint work are all bubbling from very damp walls. How much do they charge to test our apartment and if it is healthy living here with mold? We are both getting sick since we moved in.

  47. This is extremely important information that everyone needs to be aware of ! So many people put of mold when they see. If there is little spots where mold is growing, many ignore it and do not realize that it will not go away on it’s own, and will increase in size. People do not also realize or understand the health risks associated with mold! Great post, we really enjoyed it.

  48. Health related issues are the major consequences of the mold and mildew as it is very toxic in nature and cause various allergies to the people who came in contact with it.Last year my brother had a severe allergy of mold in the lungs which takes a lot of time to gain healthy state back.

  49. I have been living here for 7 or 8 years and have been sicker and sicker since I have been here. I have nosebleeds, back problems, kneeproblems, developed arthritis( Im only 34), feel disoriented some days, and stay sick. My joints are getting where I cant walk some days. They diagnosed me with all kind of pulmonary disorders but never really could figure out what and have charged over 50,000 . I have always been a hard worker and never quit. Now I keep getting sick and cant work. I need help, do you think this is the mold???? Many other problems with insides to embarrassing to list.

  50. I can’t find a doctor to help me. Is there a health program I can follow or can I go to somewhere to get detoxed? Is this a deductible medical item? What would I ask a doctor to do? My doctor has only treated symptoms to no avail. Your help would be much appreciated.

  51. Thankyou everyone for your stories….it just confirms what has been going on for me. I worked in a mouldy environment for 3 months, working for the government as a manager. After a couple of weeks i started feeling dizzy and getting fuzzy vision and feeling incredibly lethargic. Towards the end i was unable to think properly and would forgot where i parked my vehicle etc. I have now been off work for 3 weeks and i still feel unwell. I have been eating organic food, getting massage, accupunture and have cut out all toxins and i am starting to get better. I was wandering if anybody new of any medical tests you can take to prove you have mould poisoning; as i have now lost my position at work
    Thanking you
    Toby

  52. Go to curezone and start doing the flushes. Begin with the colon and go from there. Don’t limit foods, but eat WHOLE foods with plenty of protein, plenty of coconut oil, plenty of PURE FISH OIL, not soy oil. You need balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, especially dark green leafy, potatoes, grains like oat bran, wheat bran, rice bran, and homemade cultured fermented foods. You need detox baths or saunas to detox. You need extra nutrients which you can get from plenty of SEA WEEDS, dulse, kelp, etc. Buy it by the pound from Seacoast Maine Vegetables…they are the purist, no affiliation, after years of purchasing elsewhere. You need tablespoons of this stuff because mold dehydrates the body…drink plenty of water…do the WATER CURE with a pinch of SEA SALT in each glass of water you drink. Get Magnesium Chloride and DO OIL PULLING, then a magnesium chloride pull like oil pulling…three times a day. Mold dehydrates the mouth….you have to remineralize it with magnesium chloride…use it as your rinse with peppermint oil added or eucalyptus… Brush your teeth with baking soda and sea salt…..and rinse initially with one tsp of sea salt to warm water… You need digestive enzymes with OX BILE…eventually taking double the dosage…mold settles in the colon. MOLD CAUSES CANCER!!!

  53. me and my partner are currently bedded down in hospital, i was brought in with suspected heart attack, and or maybee an ulcer but im having breathing problems….im 29 …my partner is being sick, migranes excrusiating chest pains and loss of vision…the mold in are room is growing at a high rate and we told our landlord over a month and a half ago…..nothing has been done at all…the reason i was on this site is because i thought i was very odd for two young people to be admitted to hospital for no apperent reason? could this be the problem, and shall i get my self a solicitor?

  54. Im 18 yrs old and have a 6 month old daughter. I went into the attic of our rental home in mid december of 2012 and ended of with a runny and stuff nose and dried lips for 4 to 5 days. Then 3 in a half days ago I went into it again to move the rest of our stuff out immediately that night I started with a headache, stuffy nose, itchy and sore throat and watery eyes and its still happening and getting worse I didnt even know it was happening to my daughter as well until I took her to the dr. Yesterday and found out she has a severe ear infection in both ears due to her boogers leaking deep into her sinus cavities. So im glad we got out of there before she got worse.

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  56. We have just Moved into a new rental property and there is spotty mold mainly in the lounge room, and a little in the main bathroom. My partner is showing hay fever symptoms and complained of foggy vision. I rang the real estate and they said they will repaint the lounge room. Is this enough? Will it not just come back through the new paint or something? Please help, I am so worried

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  59. Two years ago, I discovered that I had been living in a toxic mold environment for years. I left my home 3 times for extended periods of time while the house was remediated. The tests all show that the mold has been removed and should be safe.

    However, I continue to have “fibromyalgia-type” pain… terrible pain! I HAVE EXTREME DIFFICULTY WALKING AND SWOLLEN FEET AND LEGS. My family now thinks I am nuts for sure.

    I was a patient of Dr. Shoemaker, who worked miracles for me. I am going to the West Coast to see Dr. Raj Patel, who hasbeen certified by Dr. Shoemaker. My difficulty in leaving this house forever is that I have an office here. And surprisingly, last year toxic mold was found there as well and remediated successfully!

    My questions:
    1.Do other people have problems walking as a result of toxic mold?
    2.Do some people continue to have physical problems in an environment which once had toxic mold but now is deemed “safe”. I guess another way of asking…are some environments never again safe for the “immuno-compromised” and those who have the dreaded DNA type susceptible to exposure.

    I want to move to an environment which is not as damp and humid…maybe the desert area of So. CA. I certainly will have the house tested before I move there. Any comments will be greatly appreciated.

  60. Wow! Thanks and more thanks!

  61. hi,

    I am always sick and since my boyfriend moved in, he is always sick too. It is like we permanently have flu or headaches. We recently noticed that an adjoining storage room has really bad mold in the old ceiling boards. The roof leaks. Our air vents share a ceiling space with that room so I realised today that this is probably what is making us sick all the time. We live in South Africa. Who can I contact regarding this? Getting the mould tested. We closed off all the air vents, will this help??

  62. My fiancé and I live in a basement apartment there is so much moisture in the air the apartment floods when it rains and now mold is EVERYWHERE. Its growing on the walls, the floor, the counters, our property, the dishes, our clothing its disgusting.Now my fiancé is having trouble breathing I put my hands on his chest and can feel the raspyness in his chest he’s constantly coughing things up and can’t take a deep breath at all. I told the landlord when everything started he straight out told us he’s not going to do anything to fix it. My fiancé contacted the local health department and they said that they couldn’t do anything. I called a day later now a health inspector is coming to see the entire building. The health department said we aren’t the only ones making the complaints. I just need to know if my fiancé is safe or should I get him real medical help?

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  64. I believe my family and I are in danger by living at my home.We moved in here a year ago and ever since then there hasn’t been a day go by that one of us hasn’t been sick with something.My mother suffers from copd and diabetic.She has had these health problem’s for a couple of years and no issues with them until we moved into here.She has had bacteria pneumonia 3 times she is suffering at this moment with this but the last time she almost didn’t make it because we had no idea she was sick.She showed no signs of coughing or anything to suggest this type of sickness by grace of god she had a lump on her head she was worried about and she went to the emergency room luckily they toke a x-Ray to see if there was anything there to suggest a cause of the lump and they found she had pneumonia in both her lungs and the infection was bad it spread to her brain.Also my children and I have been sick with fever’s,cough,runny noses,sore throat’s,diarrhea,puking,mood swings,we are always tired and have no energy most days.I suffer from asthma myself and now a days I have to use my inhaler everyday and sometimes a couple of times a day.I never had to this before cause my asthma would only bother me like once a year when I would get sick with a cold never have I had to use it just walking up the stairs like I do now.And now my kids are having fevers started yesterday with the diarrhea again.I didn’t understand why we were getting sick until my brother told me to look around for mold so I went exploring last night and found in the basement it is everywhere.There’s black mold in some area’s and fuzzy white mold in others.I am very concerned about my family’s health and I’m not sure where to start with this.And should I take my family away until we can resolve this?And where should I go to see if my findings is the reason’s we are all sick.Please help I don’t know what to do.

  65. that I am looking for to feel comfortable living here again? Thanks!

  66. can you advise me where can i get tested for mold i am suffering from severe sinus i am suspecting mold where i stay theres fungus as a result my pillows are affected ie having dark spots

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