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Mold Allergy Tests

Your doctor will want to know your signs and symptoms and may want to conduct a physical examination to identify or exclude other medical problems. Your doctor may also recommend one or more skin or blood tests to see if you have an allergy that can be identified. These include: Skin prick test. This test uses diluted amounts of common or suspected allergens, such as molds found in the local area. During the test, these substances are applied to the skin...

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Avoiding MOLD

While there are medications and shots which you can take to treat mold allergies, the best response is to avoid exposure to mold and mold spores as much as possible. If you have mold in your home your first priority should be to get rid of it. By removing mold and its spores from your environment you will no longer be breathing in mold allergens, the cause of your allergic reactions, and you will quickly get better.

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DIY Mold Test Kits

5 Reasons Mold Test Kits Waste Your Money The most important part of a mold inspection is the inspection, not the mold samples The most important part of a mold inspection is the inspection, not the mold samples. Mold samples can be misleading, are sometimes incorrect with both false positive and false negative results occurring, and can only be accurately interpreted in conjunction with a well thought out sampling plan and visual inspection. The visual inspection requires an understanding of building construction,...

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Mold Cleanup at Pennsylvania School Cost $1 Million

[caption id="attachment_401" align="alignright" width="137"] Mold found in school[/caption] A Pennsylvania school district will have to pay nearly $1 million to re-mediate mold at a high school building, according to testimony offered at a school board meeting last week. Robert Nesbit of the architectural firm Crabtree Rohrbaugh Associates told the Hazleton Area School Board that every brick in the building and a 24-inch swath around the roof had to be replaced after mold was found. The bill came to $997,855. Workers...

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New Fact Sheet on Mold

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) released a new fact sheet on mold earlier this month, which includes information on NTP’s current research efforts related to mold exposure. NTP supported NIOSH in the development of an acoustical generator, a device that can create and disperse molds for rodent studies in a way that closely mimics real-world human exposure. The device will be used in upcoming short-term toxicology studies to help researchers characterize responses to different species of mold. NTP is developing...

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Indoor & Outdoor Allergies

More than 50 million Americans reportedly suffer from allergies with approximately 80% of those affected by indoor or outdoor allergens. Some sufferers experience short-term seasonal allergies, while a growing number experience chronic, year-round allergic reactions

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Mold in Rental

It happens often. A tenant discovers a mold problem and contacts the landlord to report their concern. From there things can go in many directions. At this time there are no specific laws with regard to mold in the State of Michigan. However, the link below should help in providing some direction for both renters and landlords. www.michigan.gov/mold

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Fungus Caused Meningitis? Black Mold

A black mold entering the spines of hundreds of people who received contaminated vaccines for back pain has marked uncharted medical territory. This fungus, classified as being difficult to diagnose, has never seemingly caused meningitis, until now. It requires at least three months of a treatment that can cause hallucinations. Not only is it unknown when is it safe to stop treating, but there is also no good way to know how to monitor those who fear the fungus, which...

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Good Mold – Bad Mold

Good Mold Mold gets a bad rap of late, but good mold does exist. Penicillium is the typical “blue” mold found on food. Bread that sat too long in the pantry typically develops penicillium. In fact, as the name implies, the very tasty blue cheese is derived from this particular strain of mold. In this day and age, cheese makers now add a commercially reproduced and freeze-dried culture, but originally, penicillium was procured from dark, damp caves and adding to...

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Why Does Mold Grow on Walls?

The most common causes of mold growing on walls are high humidity, condensation and water leaks (which are often hidden inside the wall). Condensation forms when water vapor in the air meets cold surfaces and cools to become liquid. Condensation is especially common on walls which form the perimeter of a house. These walls are often colder because of cool outdoor air on the other side. Things like drying wet clothes inside or steam from hot water increases the humidity...

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