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Paula Hensley, August 19 2021

How doctors test patients for Mold Exposure

Mold exposure is a serious concern for people with asthma, allergies, and other respiratory problems.  Doctors can test patients for mold exposure by taking samples from the patient through different ways.  If you think that you may be exposed to mold in your home or work environment, talk to your doctor about how they can help protect your health.  There are many types of tests that doctors use to diagnose mold exposure - some require just one sample while others require several different samples over time.  

The most common type of test is called a culture-based assay, which will detect the presence of fungi like Aspergillus species and Penicillium species.  Doctors also use an enzyme immunoassay (EIA) test when testing for molds because it has been found to be more sensitive than culture-based assays in detecting certain types of fungus such as Aspergillus fumigatus and Chaetomium globosum

Tests to determine mold exposure or allergies:

- Blood Test

- Skin Prick Test

- Xray Exam - Doctors will order an X-ray exam to evaluate lung function

- Doctors test for mold exposure by taking a sample from the patient's airway or nasal passage

For the appointment, you'll want to detail your symptoms and get a copy of your test results.  Your doctor may suggest another test (blood or through urine) to verify mold mycotoxins are the reason.

Treatment for mold exposure

- Antihistamines

- Oral Decongestants

- Nasal Sprays: 

- Antibiotics or steroids: May be prescribed antibiotics or steroids to relieve their symptoms

- Surgery in severe cases to remove:  In extreme cases where patients have been exposed to heavy doses of toxins, they may need surgery to remove parts of their lungs that are no longer functioning properly

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Paula Hensley

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