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Penicillin mold allergy

01/25/2008

Question:

We have penicillin mold in our home and I am all broken out, chest, shoulders, waist. How can we get rid of the mold and what do I take to get rid of the itching?

Answer:

The presence of penicillium mold (not related to penicillin) in a house is not unusual in areas of dampness or water leakage. The requirements to get rid of the mold depend on the extent and location of contamination. The fact that the mold has been identified indicates that an environmental hygienist has been called in and thus should be consulted regarding removal. The itching and rash may or may not be related. Taking antihistamines for symptomatic relief might help with symptoms but not treat the underlying cause. This requires that a physician evaluate the patient before suggesting therapy.

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Response by:

Charity C Fox, MD Charity C Fox, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University