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Toxic mould syndrome frequently wrongly diagnosed

A leading Cincinnati allergist claims that many people who believe they have toxic mold syndrome or are allergy to black mold, simply have other conditions related to indoor environments. He headed a study which involved 135 subjects who were actually primed to go to court because they believed they had toxic mold syndrome caused by their home, work or school environment. During the study he found the virtually none of the subjects had the condition but instead had conditions such as allergy to cockroaches, dust mites or other airborne allergens. He also claims that some indoor environments had build ups of toxic gases and damp indoor conditions can give rise to many respiratory problems. He advises patients to fully investigate the causes of their symptoms and to not assume it is simply black mould. The allergist claims that many of the subjects displaying symptoms such as wheezing cough, nasal discharge, skin rashes and joint pains could alleviate their conditions by accurately determining the cause and using medication or avoidance to treat the condition.

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About: Toxic mould syndrome frequently wrongly diagnosed

Date: 27 January 2005

Source: CBS News

URL: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/01/27/health/webmd/main669795.shtml

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