What are some symptoms of black mold exposure?


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Most often black mold or stachybotrys chartarum does not cause side effects, although people who are sensitive to molds may develop nasal stuffiness, eye or skin irritation,and wheezing, explains the CDC. Limited evidence suggests that indoor mold exposure may be linked to respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children.

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Fever and shortness of breath can occur when a person is exposed to large amounts of mold, states the CDC. Normally this occurs in farm workers or in other occupational scenarios. Furthermore, people who have chronic lung diseases are more susceptible to fungal infection of the lungs. As of 2015, there is no proven connection between stachybotrys chartarum and acute idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage in infants.

The CDC does not suggest that black mold is cause for extra precautionary measures and lists instructions for removal of mold from the home.

To clean mold from hard surfaces, including black mold, a person may use soap and water, a bleach solution that contains one cup of bleach per gallon of water or special commercial products, states the CDC. Bleach must not be mixed with ammonia or any other type of household cleaner. Mold in carpeting, insulation or wallboard cannot be removed. These types of items must be thrown away and replaced. Additionally, a person who has mold in their home also has a problem with water or moisture, and this issue must be addressed.

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