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What Is Black Mold? | Sanair Iaq

What is Black Mold? | SANAIR IAQ

I don't know if the stress of extricating myself from the gym like a less successful Katie Holmes wrenching herself from the grips of Tom and the scientologists is what has triggered it all. It could have been the trauma of having my face torched. After my regular session of unpleasant, but mild laser treatments from the German Barbie doctor, I had her blast off three dark spots. I had suggested that she use a different kind of laser because the mild one didn't produce results. What I didn't know is that she would use something like a blow torch and that I would be left temporarily with three blooding holes where the spots used to be. As I slowly scab over, a process that has been retarded by the amount of humidity and black mold in our home, I have had time to cancel all of these lovely invitations with patient friends who are probably on the verge of giving up on their limping, scabby ex fitness instructor. On a positive note, I have been obsessively watching a little known television program called Styled to Rock, where a bunch of eccentric creative types have to make pop star inspired outfits for a panel of famous English people I have never heard of that are led by, of all people, Rhianna. IT IS BETTER THAN CRACK, but only slightly less addictive. What's that sound? Ah that is the sucking sound of silence for the money that I am not earning by having morals and standards. I love Sundays. p.s. Don't google black mold under images, it is alarming. I think we just have mildew and not something worthy of men in white suits and women crying, which is the overall theme of the images which emerge.
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The Halloween flooding in Onion Creek devastated an already underserved community in southeast Austin. Now, peoplelike 18-year-old Frank Amaya need help with the cleanup of their streets and neighborhoods. "My home was flooded. All three cars were totaled. My Dodge ended up in a forest all crushed with other cars,"Amayasaid. He was one of the hundreds of people who came to Perez Elementary School Tuesday night to vent frustrations with city officials and learn about recovery efforts. "We know in our experience with West, Texas, and with the Bastrop fires and even being in Moore, Oklahoma, the response to the South Austin flooding has been significantly less than the efforts that we saw in the other disasters," saysKimberly Rigsbywith the Austin Disaster Relief Network , a group of churches coordinating volunteer efforts. The network is hoping to get 5,000 volunteers out this weekend to help in the clean upbut it can be messy work. Theyre urging volunteers to wear jeans, not shorts, and to bring hard-soled shoes and leather gloves. "I have heard some reports of families, especially children, whove been in the water day-in and day-out, almost a week now with no help,"Rigsby says. "Ive heard stories of children being sick or not feeling well.But as far as the volunteers who are coming down there for the day and then leaving, I havent heard stories of their health being negatively impacted." But Dr. Phil Huang,medical director for the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department ,urges people to take precautions. He says in a flood, its important to be aware of the kinds of water you might come in contact with. For instance: Clear water is tap or rain water.
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How bad a person's symptoms are depends on the amount of mycotoxins in their environment. It also depends on how long the person was exposed. If you have a black toxic mold problem you might suffer some of these symptoms: Dry eyes Internal organ damage Different Symptoms for Different People The symptoms that black toxic mold causes can differ from person to person. A person who is around black toxic mold will suffer some of the above symptoms but probably not all of them. And another person will probably suffer a different selection of the above symptoms. People who have weaker immune systems will be worse affected by black toxic mold. This means children, the elderly and sick people will usually have more severe symptoms. Treatment for Black Toxic Mold Symptoms There is no real treatment or cure for black toxic mold symptoms. If you have symptoms from black toxic mold the only real solution is to fix the black toxic mold problem. Removing Black Toxic Mold If you have black toxic mold in your home you should not hesitate to organize getting it removed. Most people underestimate the danger of black toxic mold and wait to remove it. By the time they get it removed their health has often been badly damaged. Never try to remove black toxic mold yourself. Trying to remove black toxic mold will cause many mycotoxins to be released and cause an even bigger problem for your home. You should contact a professional black toxic mold removal service who knows how to properly remove black toxic mold and contain mycotoxins. If you are suffering symptoms from the black toxic mold you should move out of your home temporarily.
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Health Risks of Black Mold from Flood Damage - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

The two categories are toxic and non toxic. Non toxic black mold lives in non cellulose materials such as ceramic tiles, aluminum sink, plastics and glass. Toxic black mold, which some scientists link to respiratory problems, rashes, infections and maybe even brain damage, tends to grow on cellulose based materiels such as cardboard, gypsum board, wood and other porous materials. Thus, if you plan to do some diy black mold removal, you will want to first figure out what you are doing. Some, but not all, black mold found on cellulose based materials, can produce mycotoxins which are airborne poisons linked to asthma attacks, allergies and other illnesses. Asyou may not know how to tell the difference between toxic and non-toxic black mold, it is important for you to take all neccessary safety measures when dealing with its removal. Since black mold spores, either toxic or non toxic, enter our body through respiration, you should always wear a face mask. To create an immediate barrier between you and the spores, go for a highly efficient, filter type mask. It is a good idea, when cleaning black mold, to use an air purifier. Air purifiers are capable of removing toxic mold spores from the air which will give you another line of defence after the face mask. Thirdly,mist the surface area with a good quality disinfectant. It is difficult to effectively remove black mold from a dry surface, so spraying the area with disinfectant will help you in two ways. By moistening the area, scrubbing will be a lot easier to do. Disinfectant is also very effective at killing bacteria and germs and may even go a long way to killing the black mold as well. Black mold on non porous surfaces such as glass, tiles sinks, should be wiped off with heavy duty tissue paper or disposable rags and then put into the refuse sack.
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Namely, the fact that there isn't much when it comes to African-American males, a troubling fact for one of the state's most elite institutions. A group of students, led by Sy Stokes, posted a video voicing their concerns about the number of black students on campus, and their message is hard to ignore. Stokes, a third-year Afro-American studies student who identifies as black, Cherokee and Chinese , recites a spoken word poem in the video, citing blaring statistics about the university's diversity issue. According to the school's enrollment statistics , African-Americans make up 3.8 percent of the student population. In the video, Stokes points out that black males make up 3.3 percent of the male student population, and that 65 percent of those black males are undergraduate athletes. Of the incoming men in the freshmen class, only 1.9 percent of them were black. In an interview with the Daily Bruin , Stokes said he almost dropped out of UCLA during his first year because he felt isolated and uncomfortable. Although he eventually found his niche in the minority community, he said he wanted to raise awareness about the school's lack of diversity before the university's application deadline on Nov. 30. We had to do something to put our issues on the map, Stokes said. In an email statement to the school paper, Janina Montero, vice chancellor of student affairs, said administrators acknowledge the need for more diversity and are attempting to work within the state's admission parameters. We certainly recognize that the low numbers of African Americans and other underrepresented students on campus does lead to a sense of isolation and invisibility, Montero said in her email statement. It is difficult to eliminate this painful imbalance without considering race in the admissions process. The state of California voted down affirmative action in 1996 and passed Proposition 209, which banned state schools from considering race, gender, ethnicity or national origins in their admissions processes. Black student enrollment has severely decreased since that provision and critics are saying that has to change. The students' video adds to the ongoing affirmative action debate both inside and outside of the state, raising awareness about diversity at institutions around the country.
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Also, when I changed my cats litter box today, I noticed that there was only one little poop and the rest was just urine and the litter hasnt been changed since Saturday night. I have scrubbed the visible suspected mold patches off the windows which is all I can do until someone comes to address the problem. My landlords have been ignoring my calls, so I have to wait until the morning with hopes the rental man will come and have someone confirm my suspicions. I am calling the vet first thing in the morning to ask what my best option is, but I have absolutely no cash to pay for anything. I'm hoping I'm just over reacting, but I read up on cats and mold exposure, and I have been just sick ever since. I have attached a picture of him from when I first got my precious cat. I took him in off the street after I found him in my back yard crying and he followed me in. I just wonder if these symptoms could be anything else? ANSWER Lethargy is one of the signs of almost every cat illness there is, and my recommendation would be to call your veterinarian for advice. In this particular case, the lethargy you are witnessing in your cat could point to mold, but it could point to a number of other feline illnesses. Finding less stool in the cat litter box than you usually would find could be a sign that your cat has constipation. Feline constipation is a problem for many cats, and may also be the cause of the lethargy you are seeing. On the other hand, the lack of stool could be due to not eating well. But again, decreased appetite and lethargy are symptoms of just about every cat illness that can occur. Your cat should be seen by a veterinarian for a thorough exam. Lethargy in cats can be a sign of serious cat illness problems, and the sooner it is addressed, the better likelihood of a full recovery.
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The answer is NO! At SANAIR IAQ we are consulted to assess the black mold found indoors, but more often than not the black mold we find IS NOT Stachybotrys. How can this be? We have been told for many years about this silent invader, Black, Toxic, Killer Mold; Stachybotrys. In the Hampton Roads, Tidewater Region of Virginia (Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, and Williamsburg) the most common fungus we encounter, during a mold inspection, mold cleanup, or air system cleaning is Cladosporium. Cladosporium is not considered to be a toxigenic mold, but its presence within a home or office often generates concern with occupants because it is often black in color. The fact of the matter is that there are over approximately one hundred thousand (100,000) species of molds and, of all these fungal species, over approximately one half of them (more than 50,000 species) can be black in color. So what does this tell us about mold identification in the field? It tells us that we cannot identify a mold without using proper sample collection practices, along with laboratory analysis and identification, performed by an AIHA accredited laboratory. There is significant portion of the population that sees a black colored mold and believes they are looking at a toxigenic mold, Stachybotrys. This lack of understanding along with emboldened media headlines often stating Black Mold Killer Mold, etc. have contributed to unwarranted stress in people who think they are being exposed to a potentially harmful mold. If you suspect mold is growing indoors but are unsure of what to do, contact an indoor environmental company with a certified indoor environmental professional, on staff, to assess the suspected mold contamination. A Certified Indoor Environmentalist (CIE) or Hygienist (CIH) can help you to identify the presence of mold and provide you with a protocol for corrective action (Cleanup, remediation).
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However, the hypotheses that point to Stachybotrys as being the culprit in many cases have been difficult to prove since other molds, such as Aspergillus and Penicillium types, were often present along with the Stachybotrys mold. These other molds can also produce mycotoxins and have been associated with illnesses such as Aspergillosis, which is a respiratory illness. Are all black molds Stachybotrys, or toxigenic? The answer is NO! At SANAIR IAQ we are consulted to assess the black mold found indoors, but more often than not the black mold we find IS NOT Stachybotrys. How can this be? We have been told for many years about this silent invader, Black, Toxic, Killer Mold; Stachybotrys. In the Hampton Roads, Tidewater Region of Virginia (Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, and Williamsburg) the most common fungus we encounter, during a mold inspection, mold cleanup, or air system cleaning is Cladosporium. Cladosporium is not considered to be a toxigenic mold, but its presence within a home or office often generates concern with occupants because it is often black in color. The fact of the matter is that there are over approximately one hundred thousand (100,000) species of molds and, of all these fungal species, over approximately one half of them (more than 50,000 species) can be black in color. So what does this tell us about mold identification in the field? It tells us that we cannot identify a mold without using proper sample collection practices, along with laboratory analysis and identification, performed by an AIHA accredited laboratory. There is significant portion of the population that sees a black colored mold and believes they are looking at a toxigenic mold, Stachybotrys. This lack of understanding along with emboldened media headlines often stating Black Mold Killer Mold, etc.
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Once it reaches a certain stage, it casts off spores which can be inhaled, eaten, or even absorbed directly through the skin. It is for this reason that many houses that have flood damage are condemned and made unlivable by the government until the mold can be removed. The major health effects of black mold generally result from fluid buildup in the lungs that leads to pneumonia. Pneumonia is an inflammation or infection in the lungs that causes the alveoli, or small sacs, to become filled with fluids, usually pus. When black mold spores get into the lungs through inhalation, the body mounts an immune response, and part of that response involves diluting the spores with water. This is what leads to the formation of the pus that fills the alveoli and causes the pneumonia. Another very common health problem associate with black mold is with the upper respiratory tract. Black mold, because of its structure, sticks to the mucus membrane of the nose and sinus cavities and causes an immune response there. The symptoms when this happens will mimic the common cold, but will progressively get worse unless the individual is removed from the environment. Over weeks, these will progress and will lead to symptoms like dehydration, headaches and nausea along with the URI symptoms of a runny nose and cough. Black mold has also been found to be extremely dangerous to babies, and produces a condition called Infant Pulmonary Hemorrhaging. In this condition, the lining of the lungs becomes so irritated by the presence of black mold, that ulcers develop that bleed into the lungs. This results in conditions similar to pneumonia and ultimately leads to the death of the child. Health problems related to black mold are easily prevented by making sure your home and workspace is free from the environment necessary to breed black mold. This includes making sure your basement is well ventilated and dry.
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