My Grandmother (Geauetta “Angel” Stephens-Topp) died from a form of mold disease. I believe it was mold, because my grandmother had a leaking basement she never fixed. At the time she was dying, the doctors couldn’t figure out what disease she had because they didn’t know she had an exposure to mold. I believe with my research, I have found that disease.
I believe my grandmother had pulmonary emphysema also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She had all the symptoms: Shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, sleep problems, heart problems, weight loss, hair loss and depression.
According to the American Lung Association, COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States. In 2007, COPD claimed the lives of 124,477 Americans. About 80% to 90% of Americans that suffer with COPD die.
According to Benjamin Wedro, MD, a doctor who practices emergency medicine at Gunderson Clinic in Wisconsin, the causes of pulmonary emphysema are smoking, exposure to mold over a long period of time, irritating fumes, asthma and a rare inherited form of the disease called alpha-1 antitypic deficiency.
My grandmother had mold in her home. It was green and black and very fuzzy. In her earlier years of life, she smoked cigarettes and had bad asthma.
Most doctors would blame smoking and asthma for her COPD. They are causes, but my grandmother had a small exposure to mold before she start smoking. Over time the small amount of mold grew, because she never fixed her moisture problem.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, mold can enter your home from the outside through open doorways or windows and stick to any wet surface. You can get rid of mold by fixing your moisture problem and cleaning up the mold. If you don’t fix your mold problem, the mold grows over time. You can clean mold with detergent and water and then dry that area completely. If the mold has sunk into the ceiling of tiles or carpet, it has to be replaced.
According to Missouri Department of Health And Senior Services, mold is made up of fungi. Fungi are any of a group of single cell, multiple cells (or syncytial) spore-producing organisms feeding on molds and yeasts. Mold is not tolerated in homes. One way to prevent mold is to prevent moisture problems.. Jhané Stephens
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