Are These Moulds Harmful To Me?

Question: I have had a Kidney transplant. In the building that we rent we had a test done for mould and found high levels of Penicillium and Aspergillus. With a weakened immune system, are these moulds harmful to me? Answer: People with weakened immune system (i.e., immuno-compromised or immuno-suppressed individuals) are highly likely to be infected by opportunistic pathogens (disease causing organisms). Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillus niger, for example, cause a disease called … [Read more...]

Could I Save My Clothing, Books, etc After Mold Contamination?

Question: Hi, I was wondering if you could answer a question for me. It is so hard to get any advice on this subject. My apartment had toxic black mold (Stachybotrys, Aspergillus, and Penicillium). It was a small area under a window. I was very sick and still do not know if I was just "sick" (flu like) or if it was the mold. Anyhow I moved out in May, and have been trying to salvage what I can from my apartment. I was wondering if I could save my clothing, books, etc? I have a microbial cleaner … [Read more...]

Any Input Relative To The Spore Levels Identified?

Question: My daughter and her room-mate have been housed in a room that has an elevated mold count. The outside mold count on the day of the test was 2,600 spores per cubic meter of air while the count in the dorm in the dorm room was 10,300. The preliminary test identified three different types of mold spores with readings elevated above outdoor readings. These spore types and readings were as follows: Penicillium/Aspergillus: Outdoor count: 907 spores/cubic meter of air Dorm room … [Read more...]

Do You Know Of Specific Blood Tests For Molds?

Question: My husband and I were exposed to extremely high levels of Aspergillus (indoor count 33,000 ppm-outdoor count 400-500 ppm), Stachybotrys, Penicillium, Chaetomium, Cladasporium and a few others... This exposure was over a period of 2 1/2 years. We didn't know the mold was in our home and we and the doctors could not explain or diagnose our symptoms (ie: bleeding noses, flu like symptoms, chronic fatigue, aches and pains...just to name a few). We both have tumors (lungs, liver, … [Read more...]

Do I Vacate The Property Until The Mold Is Remediated?

Question: If penicillium/aspergillus-like spore counts are 4,700 and outdoor is 100, does this warrant vacating the property until the mold is remediated? I believe the mold has been there for close to 2 years and I have symptoms such as chronic yeast infections of armpits and rash on face, open sores on arms and severe chemical sensitivities. Answer: Currently there is no set safe or unsafe number for airborne fungal spores. You have indicated that you have symptoms such as chronic yeast … [Read more...]