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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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How can headaches and cough caused by exposure to black mold be treated?

We are in an old rental house. I m afraid we are finding its contaminated with stachybotrys....aka black mold . My wife and i are experiencing spontaneous random headaches, bloating, spontaneous diarrhea, congestion, chronic tacky cough, almost wheezing/asthma type symptoms, flu like symptoms etc... The kids are experiencing a bad chronic cough, spontaneous nausea vomiting with abdominal pain and sometimes diarrhea flushing of the cheeks, eye redness and irritation and on top of that my 5 year old developed a severe Right middle and lower lobe pneumonia and was hospitalized for a week. They started off treating with clindamycin but fever remained high. It wasn t until they added IV azithromycin that he made a drastic turn around. On top of that our inside dog got very ill with high fever, tremors,weight loss, loss of appetite that was preceded by a hacky cough for months. The vet gave her an antibiotic inj with 2 week duration and a steroid with little results. He changed abx again with no results. He finally added doxycycline and a complete turnaround happened. My son got home from hospital almost two weeks ago and recently finished oral clindamycin. Now cough is returning. Also my daughter had same nasty cough for approx 6 weeks that responded to biaxin. Please advise.
Mon, 9 Jul 2018
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Consume plenty of liquids to maintain hydration. Balanced nutritious diet with avoidance of excess sugar, oily, non-veg, spicy, dairy fat, junk foods, artificial sweeteners. Gargles with salted lukewarm water added peppermint oil 3 times a day. Deep breathing exercises, walking in fresh air, exercise help to recover faster. Avoid exposure to dust, pollens; if necessary use triple layer face mask. You can take Cefadroxil twice a day for 5 days, you can take Paracetamol twice a day for 5 day. You can Rantac D twice a day for 5 day, give Salbutamol twice a day for 5 days. Avoid smoking or any form of tobacco consumption. Avoid stress, anxiety. Tessalon perles 3 times a day. Basil leaves, turmeric powder in boiled skimmed milk, pure honey, chamomile tea are herbal recovering agents. Consult your doctor later, if required for further evaluation with lab tests, X-ray chest & detailed management.

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