Bronchiectasis and black mold

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Greetings,

I have bronchiectasis with colonized MSSA. It's currently mild, I haven't needed antibiotics in years. But today my husband decided to rip open a wall where a window had been leaking. Beneath the sheetrock, it looks like there's black mold in the corners.

I'm staying in the lower floor bedroom with my air purifier and a mask. But I'm wondering if I should be more concerned? I've never had any experience with black mold. As it is, my husband thinks I'm acting like a hypochondriac!

Thanks all!

Shirley

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    No I don't think you are, We should stay away from mold as it will irritate and could worsen the condition. We had some in a room where a wardrobe had been moved. My partner got an anti mold spray and washed it off. We now keep the fireplace open at the back to stop it forming again, but you do need to be careful.

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    i think you should cover EVERYTHING with tarps, move out and hire pros. I've had fungal/mold infection in my sinuses which required surgery & was lucky that it wasn't the kind of mold that can eat through bone into the brain.

    Drag your hubby into the office of your lung specialist/consultant and ask the nurse to ask the doc what you should do.

    Are you 100% certain that your air purifier can't be colonized? Some can.

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    Mould will contain fungal and bacterial organisms which can become airborne so you are right to isolate yourself as much as possible.Keep an eye on your sputum colour any chest pain or feeling below par.Remember that any lung infection tends to worsen lung structure especially bad if you have bronchiectasis .See your doctor if concerned as appropriate antibiotics may be required.

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    For normal people with healthy lungs, BRIEF exposure elicits respiratory reaction. The unlucky, and we fall in that category, might experience bleeding lungs, even from a brief reaction. ABs do not kill many fungal infestations, don't even touch them. An infestation or colonization of your sinuses and or lungs is something you don't need. Avoidance of exposure is crucial. Your husband is also at risk.

    Google black mold exposure, read about it, then share the scariest parts with your husband. Himself, a professional carpenter, rehabber, weatherization specialist, put up a heavy plastic drape in the doorway just to repaint one room, 20 years ago. His lungs were already trashed from all the fiberglass insulation he worked with, but he was worried about mine looong before i had BX. Your husband is just not thinking about this properly. He needs a very expensive mask himself to go near it, something much stronger than my N95s.

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