Health Effects of Mold Exposure
Ralph Potkin, M.D., FACP, FCCP
The following list reflects current "medical community" knowledge of the effects of exposing the human body to mold.
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· People exposed to molds may develop a variety of illness, some of which can be quite serious.
· Fungal infections are known to occur in approximately 10% of hospitalized patients. It was only a few years ago that doctors were unaware of the serious nature of these "hospital acquired" fungal infections.
· Certain foods contaminated with some molds may cause cancer.
· A variety of respiratory illnesses may be due to mold exposure or mold infections.
· Rarely, molds can cause serious "hypersensitivity reactions" or pneumonia in people exposed to high concentrations of mold over a prolonged period of time.
· Molds can cause allergies affecting the eyes, ears, nose and throat and can cause hay fever and even asthma.
· Molds exposure and infections have been associated with chronic fatigue, depression and other systemic complaints.
· The Center for Disease Control and other agencies are actively investigating the role of molds in causing disease in people and what treatments may be required.