Mold; Mold Testing

Question

My daughter has a mold issue. Were pretty sure its coming from her home; she lives in an older home. Can you recommend any sources of reputable mold remediation?

Answer

There are people that do it, but there are a couple of things that you need to do first.

One, you are pretty well convinced that there is a mold issue. If there is, you get your daughter out of the house.

You cannot get the mold out of an old house. Once it is in there, it is a done deal. Most of it is behind walls, behind the wall paper, under the carpeting, and under the floors. There is not much you can do about it.

There is something you can do about the air ducts, however. Mold grows in very quickly in Florida. It only takes 2 or 3 days for this to occur and it is a bear to get rid of it. So what I did, is I put these ultraviolet light generators into the A/C ducts of my house to the point where I have 5 air conditioners, and I put these four UV generators into the air handlers. It actually burns the air before it makes it out the vent. That keeps the vents clear.

For the rooms, we use little UV generators made by a company in Texas, called Air Oasis. We actually sell them in the office. I don’t sell many of them, but when people come in with this type of situation, I advise them to use one of these, but not to look directly at the bulb. Before you spend a great deal of money, go to Air Oasis’ online store and purchase mold test kits to see if that really is the issue at hand.

You open the petri dish, leave it alone for 24 hours, close it, tape it shut, and mail it. They’ll grow it. If it grows out more than 10 or 12 colonies, its positive and you have an issue.

What you need to find out is whether or not the mold concentration is significant, and for 20 to 30 dollars, you can do this yourself. So, before doing anything else, I would purchase this type of test kit.

David S Klein, MD

David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.

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