A very high percentage of people who have been negatively affected by toxic mold report responding negatively to even very small amounts of cross-contamination of possessions and living environments.
People who have spent time in problematic environments also carry cross-contamination on their hair and clothing. They thus may continue to react to that contamination even after they have left a problematic environment and may have a negative effect on other hypersensitized people.
How best to cope with cross-contamination with mold spores and toxins is a complex topic that has been the subject of a large amount of debate among mold patients, doctors and remediators.
The Paradigm Change blog post “The Mold Avoider’s Dilemma: What Should I Do About My Stuff?” provides a comprehensive overview of the subject, with links to a wide variety of points of view from other sources.
The article was written by Lisa Petrison and Erik Johnson, whose book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance also discusses dealing with cross-contamination issues in detail.
The Beginner’s Guide is available for free in PDF format for those signing up for occasional updates about mold avoidance.
Erik Johnson also discusses cross-contamination at length in the book Erik on Avoidance.
A number of experienced mold avoiders discuss cross-contamination issues on the Paradigm Change website page “Improved Patients Discuss Their Mold Avoidance Experiences.”
Cross-contamination is also a frequent source of discussion in the Mold Avoiders recovery help forum on Facebook.
Mold Avoiders group members shared some of their experiences in dealing with cross-contamination in polls summarized in the Living Clean in a Dirty World blog posts “Mold Avoiders Report on Their Experiences” and “Mold Avoiders Share More Details.”
Those who are having a hard time getting across the concept of hypersensitivity to family members, friends and others in their lives may want to consider sharing with them the Paradigm Change website page “Mold Hypersensitivity: Guidelines to Help Sufferers Stay Safe.”
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