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Can Toxic Mold Cause Hives And Rashes?

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Tony Fyler answered

Yes, most definitely.

Many people who live, or have lived, in toxic mold-infested homes report severe rashes and hives appearing on their bodies, many overnight. Toxic mold is extremely contagious and extremely dangerous and can even be deadly, especially amongst children and the elderly and infirm. The mold is particularly prevalent in homes that are susceptible to damp and those where the wall lining is non-porous, denying it of oxygen, thus giving the wall no opportunity to breath. Toxic mold, or stachbybotrys chartarum to give it its scientific name, occurs when water damage, excessive humidity, water leaks, condensation or flooding is present.

Treatment of mold allergy hives varies on the severity of the complaint. You could try over the counter medicines that are available at chemists and drugstores, or antihistamines that can be taken to treat symptoms such as hives and rashes. Soothing creams can be used to reduce the itchiness of the hives but, in more serious cases, steroids will be prescribed by your doctor, however these can have side effects.

If you believe toxic mold is present in your home, a thorough home inspection will be able to uncover the dangerous mold form, which should be professionally treated. Toxic molds produce chemicals called mycotoxins that not only cause hives and rashes, but can also bring on seizures, respiratory problems, unusual bleeding and severe fatigue. Toxic mold will only grow on wood, paper and cotton products, but a mold-infested home can become a lethal environment for those prone to allergy problems. Once black mold begins to fester in a home, spores are released by the mold clusters. These microscopic cells quickly become airborne and travel through air conditioning and heating systems. In many cases the only solution to the problem is to demolish the building and rebuild.

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I moved into a older home in 2009 november. Over the course over the next two months I stared to develop what I thought was a rash. Turns out they were hives. Seen allergists, Immunoligist, primary care, multiple ER visits. The hives affected my breathing also. Even made me emmotionally distressed. I had delt with chronic uticaria for almost seven months.I was on at one time, Zantac 150 twice a day, hydroxyzine 10mg 8 times a day, allegra once a day and, advaire twice daily. Was allergy tested, blood tested from multiple doctors. Stoped from eating, wheat, fish, eggs, milk. I was told they may only be able to treat the symptoms. My kids started getting sick also. No hives just respitory symptoms. I decidede to move to my parents home which was near by to see if somthing in the house was an issue. This house had mold. I worked in the construction field and was remodling this dream home. Two weeks out of this house and not a single hive. I am currently down to one zantac 150 once before bed. It took a little time for the hives to stop completel, I have none now. Just as a test went back to the house to put in a couple of Large HEPA filters to see if I could make the house livable. 8 hours after I went to the house hives started showing up again. Hope this helps. I looked at several forums out of desparation. I believe that mold caused this. Definitly something in the house.
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I am going through this now my double wide was treated once already and my whole family stays sick I am going to get a mold testing kit right now.
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I have had hives since 2001. The home I was living in had toxic mold. When we decided to buy the home that we were leasing, we had an inspection done. The inspector found mold. Then we had a mold inspection. It was determined that there was toxic mold in the house. The mold was on the back of the dry wall about 1'' thick. My husband developed COPD and died. I was put on Diflucan, which worked for 5 years. The doctors told me that there is no way to get rid of this type of infection, and that the infection would eventually become resistant to Diflucan, which is what happened after 5 years. My health insurance was cancelled when the diagnosis came back in 2002. This year I have health insurance, but the new doctors took me off the Diflucan, so now I am covered in hives again. They are giving me drugs to suppress the hives, which worked for a few months. Even after fungus became resistant , the Diflucan still suppressed more hives than Hydroxyzine and Fexofenadine HCl that my current doctors subscribed.

The first group of doctors ran a fungal panel, that registered how many antibodies for each of 500 fungi where in my blood. About 4 fungi had 3 to 5 times the amount of antibodies normally found in blood, so that is why they decided to try Diflucan. They were going to send me to Rheumatoid Arthritis specialist, until we discovered the toxic mold in our home. The new doctors say that there is no way to test for fungus, and the presence of antibodies does not mean that there is an active infection.

I thought I had arthritis before I was put on the Diflucan, and I was also having some nerve problems. I would fall and drop things because I would momentarily loose control of nerves in my arms or legs. All those problems went away while I was on Diflucan. Now the nerve problems are slowly coming back, but so far adding golden flax, fish oil, primrose oil, walnuts, and olives to my diet has helped with most of the joint pain.

The other day I went to see two naturopaths who are in to herbs. One graduated from UC Irvine and the other received his training at Trinity. I am unfamiliar with this discipline, but they did offer a solution. It would cost $200 to $250 for 3 to 6 months and then $50 a month to control the condition after that. They claimed that the fungus would not become resistant to this treatment.

I currently had lost my full time job and I am only working part time, so I don't have the money to pursue this course of action at the moment. I have started looking to alternative medicine since doctors belonging the AMA don't seem to be able to help me, and sometimes the hives are so bad that they leave bruises, not to mention that they are all over my body. The good news is that the hives that are on parts of my body that are exposed to sun light go away till the sun goes down. So I look normal during daylight hours.

My advice is to get away from any possible source of toxic mold. And if you find a solution please post it. I am told that 5% of the population suffers from chronic hives and the medical profession has been unable to find a cause. Untreated the itching from hives can just about drive one insane, so I am definitely looking for a solution. I have also begun to wonder if fungus might be the cause of some of the autoimmune diseases, since some of my symptoms mimic some of those diseases. I wish you the best of luck at putting an end to your chronic hives.
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I have had chronic idiopathic urticaria for 15 months. I am now on Hydroxyzine, 50 mgs 4-6 times a day. When I wake in the morning I still have some but not as many if I take the Hydroxyzine around the clock. What is Diflucan? That is one I haven't tried. Also, some of my ceremic tiles were broken under my refrigerator, had the man come out to replace the tiles. Underneath about 4 of the 12x12 tiles was black mold. My tile has only been down for about 3 years or so.Could the mold cause the hives
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To the person who posted :
Me and my partner moved into our house about 4 months ago, we had noticed that their was a mold build up in the corner of the dining room directly under our bathroom. We thought nothing of it at first as the house is rented so eventualy it would be dealt with by the landlord. However my partner has been breaking out in severe hives but I don't, could it be the mold that is causing her outbreaks, even though I'm not affected by it?

The answer to that is yes. About 4 years ago me my partner moved into a really nice townhome, and all was great. The first night there I took a shower and the water 'stung' which had never happened before, I didnt think much of it, I mean it was weird but I figured I was just sore from working out. WHen I went downstairs I found a leak had happened while I was in the shower and water was everywhere...after cleaning it up, my hands burned and that was about the time when I realized something was wrong with the water, and told myself to call my landlord in the morning. Long story short...I came down with sever hives, face swelling, hand swelling, leg/feet swelling...and covered in hives. Our landlord refused to believe anything was wrong, and kept putting it off until I finally busted part of the ceiling off and exposed a HUGE mess of toxic black mold.
My advice to you is, if your girlfriend is having hives and or trouble breathing, its time to call your landlord and do something. My partner had lung problems for years after we moved out of that place. Just because you show no physical signs like your girlfriend (IF it is mold that she is allergic to) does not mean that you are safe from whatever is affecting her. I wish you guys the best of luck.
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To the individual that is on Diflucan , a friend of mine had a fungal infection in her lungs.  She went to a health food store and she was told to take Vitamin B-15.  She said that it worked and she has not had a problem since.

It's worth a try.
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Suhail Ajmal answered
Mold is a fungus and toxic mold refers to molds that produce mycotoxins, such as Stachybotrys chartarum. The answer to your question is yes. Toxic mold can cause hives and rashes. You should see your doctor for proper treatment.
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Treatment of the rash is only a band-aid on the problem, usually in the form of hydrocortisone cream. You need to get rid of the source (i.e. the mold).
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Yes, were having an outbreak from an old piece of furniture that was contaminated. It's a long story, but my brother has a nasty hive like rash from head to toe. Now I'm starting to itch. Here's the game plan. Bleach all clothes. Lysol carpets furniture. And most important, the nuclear option. An Ozone Generator. I'd never heard of such a thing. It took a while to actually find a place that rents them. Ozone is the one thing that kills mold dead. When you use it, no plants or pets can be around. You can't be in the room when it's running. Do some research on it and you will see what I'm talking about. Hope this helps and good luck  
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It can MOST definitely give you hives and rashes - I lived for 7 months on prednisone because the doctors couldnt figure out why I was getting hives 24/7 -to the point that I was in the E.R. Every other week- I was unrecognizable because of the hives. It can get really ugly - really quick!! I was renting a townhome in Irvine, CA - they had water damage -which they said was little and they dryed out quickly- well a little more investigation there was toxic black mold in the master bathroom(in the walls,under the cabinet)! Really look around - the docs can't do as much as you when it comes to this!!! MOVE OUT! I'm still dealing with hives (they are a lot better -and go away on there own )so thats a plus. But once you move out -do a whole body cleanse... And keep pushing for them to give you an antifungal to kill the mold in your body!  

Good luck -I know how it feels!
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I left a basket out in the porch and it had gotten wet in the rain. After a couple of days it had grown mold all over the inside of it. I picked it up and immediately threw it in the trash. The next morning I woke up with my entire body covered with hives. The next day it had gotten worse and my face had them too. I went to the doctor yesterday and he prescribed me Prednisone and said that it should work. We'll see......but yes, I would say that mold definitely causes hives and rashes!
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I have had itchy rashes on my scalp and body for almost a year, and just discovered mold in my home - so will let you know - I have seen 50 doctors
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We moved into a basement apartment November 19th. December 7th my fiance had a seizure for the 1st time ever, he has since had 3 major ones we know about. He was put on anti-seizure meds for the next 3 yrs and has lost his license for 6mths. He has had an EEG an a MRI and they cannot find the source of his seizures. At the end of Dec. I started experiencing hives all over my body and severe facial swelling literally overnight and it has continued to happen 3 different occasions. The only thing that has changed in our lives is the fact that we moved to this apartment that is built in the side of a mtn. We do know we have mold in the bathroom, but I believe we have mold in between our wood paneling and the concrete walls our house is built with. Reading the answers on here have really helped but I'm so terrified that I'm calling our landlord and demanding a mold test right away.
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Me and my partner moved into our house about 4 months ago, we had noticed that their was a mold build up in the corner of the dining room directly under our bathroom. We thought nothing of it at first as the house is rented so eventualy it would be dealt with by the landlord. However my partner has been breaking out in severe hives but I don't, could it be the mold that is causing her outbreaks, even though I'm not affected by it?
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Hives rashes and death, read about Britney Murphy's death, due to toxic mold and then a couple of months later of her husband Simon Monjack also from toxic mold. The mother denies the mold issue so she won't get saddled with the bill for clean-up. She wants a quick non-disclose able sale so she can get out from under the multi-million dollar mortgage? The same house was owned by Britney Spears during the time she was nuts: lemonade.akbhomesucks.com I have this post up on 8-12-10 and linked back to your discussion here. Thanks for having this type of discussion, you new homebuilder is exempt by LAW to even have to disclose mold to you? No lemon laws in the USA at this point to protect you and me from mold?
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I have hives all over my body and face. I was given Prednisone 20MG tablets in Sept, Nov, and three days ago. I helped in Sept and Nov but does not seem to be helping this time. I have been exposed to black mold at my work place over the past year and think that may be the problem. What should I do?
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Margaret Perron answered

It is possible that mold can cause thyroid problems in people. This is because mold very commonly causes allergic reactions in certain people.Have you ever heard of tumid lupus? It is confined to the skin. It itches terribly and can make the areas ache. I've had it for about 6 years  and it is .Yes it is fairly normal to get water blisters on your sunburn, however this is not to be taken lightly.

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Tim Jordan , Certified Mold Test and inspection service provider in Denver., answered

Yes, exposure to mold in the home can cause hives, coughing, wheezing, skin rashes, headaches, etc. 

A tiny mold spores become airborne, they can cause allergic reactions in people who have mold allergies.

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Lee Good answered

You must get rid of the mold as soon as possible! Even if you have hives for another reason, mold is extremely dangerous for your health! As for the hives, here is a very detailed post about hives treating, it's causes and symptoms http://ohealthyeah.com/treat-hives-guide/ .

Good luck!

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I have had itchy hives since the beginning of February 2009. I discovered after taking down foam that cover my windows for the winter, that there was a mold build up. Not a lot but still some. Is this the cause of my hives?
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I have had chronic hives for about 18 months, unable to find a cause or reason for the hives. I have been to many dermatologists, allergists, immunologists etc, also finding no cause for the hives. I find the information regarding the black mold very disturbing and alarming since my husband just located a small amount of black mold in my daughters bedroom (near a window). I seem to be the only member in my family to have these symtoms. Thanks for the information.
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I'm going to be simple to not make this too long. My brother lived in an old apartment. I slept over two nights. I had an itchy rash for years after that, especially in a cold dry enviroment. He got it, very itchy. The cat got it too. Always itching. He moved out. All our belobgings sat in storage for a decade. I had everything thrown out. He kept one thing- a chest of drawers and had it in his room of our new apartment. He just recently started putting his clothes in it and bingo.

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