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Stachybotryotoxicosis – Black Mold

Reasons and Symptoms of Stachybotryotoxicosis

In the late 1930s, stachybotryotoxicosis was reported in humans working on farms in Russia. People who were affected are those who handled hay or feed grain infested with S. chartarum.

Some of the individuals who were infected had burned the straw or even slept on straw-filled mattresses that had rampant growth of Stachybotrys chartarum. The infested straw can be described as black in color from growth of the fungus.

Common Symptoms

Common symptoms in humans that have stachybotryotoxicosis are rashes, especially in areas subject to perspiration, dermatitis, pain and inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat, conjunctivitis, a burning sensation of the eyes and nasal passages, tightness of the chest, cough, bloody rhinitis, fever, headache, and fatigue.

The workers who were infected developed symptoms within two to three days of exposure to the fungus. Some members of the Russian teams investigating this disease rubbed the fungus onto their skin to determine its direct toxicity.

The fungus induced local and systemic symptoms similar to those observed in naturally occurring cases.

Mold in the Media

It was seen in recent years that a cascade of reports about toxic molds was constantly seen in the national media. The New York Times Magazine, August 12, 2001 issue, ran a front page story on toxic mold.

Television news shows have run entire programs on Stachybotrys contamination of homes to alert the public and educate them on how dangerous these molds can be. Because of the sudden media coverage of this fungus, it has resulted in multimillions of dollars of litigations.

It also caused a lot of problems for homeowners and building managers who must deal with the human issues.

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  8. Hello I have been sick for close to two years. I found My symptoms in a mold site and started searching for mold in My house. I found black mold inside My ceiling below My tub. I have a burning sensation in My nose and throat, headaches, lethargic, sore throat, rhinitis, burning eyes and clammy-tingly hands. I’ve been to multiple Doctors w/ no help. can anyone direct Me to a Doctor? Thx. brian@dfartistic.com

  9. Hello I have been sick for close to two years. I found My symptoms in a mold site and started searching for mold in My house. I found black mold inside My ceiling below My tub. I have a burning sensation in My nose and throat, headaches, lethargic, sore throat, rhinitis, burning eyes and clammy-tingly hands. I’ve been to multiple Doctors w/ no help. can anyone direct Me to a Doctor? I’m in Arizona
    Thx. brian@dfartistic.com

  10. NOW IF THEY COULD JUST TELL MY DOCTORS HOW TO GET IT OUT OF ME I JUST MIGHT LIVE. ALL YOU PEOPLE ARE WORRIED ABOUT YOURHOMES YOU SHOULD HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT TAKING YOUR LIFE A LITTLE AT A TIME. NOT MANY ORGANS LEFT, SO YES FIX YOUR LEAKS PEOPLE BECAUSE IT IS SO VERY PAINFULL TO LIVE THIS WAY. ATTHE COST OF THE TAX PAYYERS MONEY FROM1999 TO TODAYS DATE, YES IT IS REAL

  11. I had a mold mushroom growning out of my bdrm wall about 4 yrs ago. All they did was pull it off and put some of that fill holes. Now my wrist has starting hurting so bad. My daughter and I hair has starting thining and she’ll only 15. So I’m wondering if the mold is still in the wall. Im all ways having leaks in my celling, in my closet. My landlord wont do anything. So please let me know something.

  12. Felicia. Report your landlord immediately. To the health department of wherever you live. And find out from them who else you should contact. If you can’t figure out who to call, call the police – they’ll tell you. If full remediation isn’t done immediately (!) Move out! Don’t depend on your landlord to fix something like that while your health is at risk. In fact, with a landlord like that I would move out anyway. The landlord is either ignorant (which he / she shouldn’t be if they’re a landlord) or they just don’t care. And even if they are ‘simply’ ignorant, they obviously don’t care enough to get the information. Who wants a landlord like that? Move out! And don’t forget to report them so they aren’t allowed to keep renting out a place that can make other people sick.

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