Is my painful coughing related to mold exposure?
April 29, 2007 4:29 PM Subscribe
Does my painful chest cough have anything to do with likely exposure to mold during my previous living arrangement?
posted by icollectpurses to Health & Fitness (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
All my stuff has been finally moved out of my old basement windowless room. I went back this morning to do last minute cleaning and as soon as I entered the room, I could smell the mold. Before, I didn't notice it with all my stuff in the room. The house is two floors with the first floor and then the basement level. I've lived here for a year and 4 months and I didn't think there might be a mold problem till recently when there was a leakage problem from first floor fridge and funky black stuff at the corner of the bathroom downstairs. The house is near DC so the humidity is quite high.
My concern is that I have also started coughing quite a bit recently. Once I get started it takes me a while to stop and my chest hurts and my neck/throat is irritated. I have to try to suppress coughing or my throat would hurt too much.
I figured that the place smells in general because my landlords are just smelly people since they have stuff laying around (they live in the other basement room), but I am thinking it has to do with the mold problem.
Is my coughing related to the mold? If so who should I go see to treat or determine what kind of damage it may have done? Even if it's not the coughing, should I be concerned that my clothes might have been exposed to spores and I've been wearing'em?
How long am I going to live?:)
On a serious note, I'd appreciate your help.