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#1 PASabreFan

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Posted 13 May 2016 - 10:17 AM

Off and on for years I've gone on coughing fits. It wasn't often, then in recent years it became once or twice a winter for a couple of weeks, then it started happening last summer and returned this winter. It can be violent. I have hernias to show for it. When I'm in the throes, I cough after eating, when talking and after getting out of the shower.

 

I finally broke down and went to the ENT doc, who did allergy testing. I am mildly allergic to a number of things, but the worst ones turned out to be ragweed and mold. Mold makes sense because my basement is damp, and I cough more in the winter when the house is closed up. Then I noticed something on the shower wall this morning. It's a fine white powder. Is this mold?

 

I clean the shower wall with Comet. This seems like residue from that. But — and not to be gross here — but I'm a bachelor who is not a neat freak and if I clean the shower walls four times a year, that's a good year. (Relax, like you're ever going to take a shower in my house. Jesus.) So I would assume the Comet left over from the cleanings should be gone after, oh, 90 showers.

 

Thoughts?



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Posted 14 May 2016 - 12:53 PM

I would buy a dehumidifyer for the basement.  As to the shower, wipe the walls and see if it comes back?  I guess I don't have anything more than the obvious.



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Posted 15 May 2016 - 06:59 PM

I would buy a dehumidifyer for the basement.  As to the shower, wipe the walls and see if it comes back?  I guess I don't have anything more than the obvious.

Thanks. I got some Tilex and sprayed the crap out of it and scrubbed the wall with a sponge. When it dried, the white stuff was still there! I finally got it off using a Clorox wipe. I have no idea what it is. It's fine and powdery, so I don't think it's mold.



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Posted 15 May 2016 - 07:02 PM

Mold is not white, my good fellow.

 

Mold is black as coal and does not come off easily, at least stains remain.

 

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Posted 15 May 2016 - 07:05 PM

We bought an abandoned house, and my experience with mold is you get a small cough, almost like a chuckle, which doesn't mean your cough isn't related to mold, it's just very unlike mine and my mother's.



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Posted 15 May 2016 - 07:54 PM

Thanks. I got some Tilex and sprayed the crap out of it and scrubbed the wall with a sponge. When it dried, the white stuff was still there! I finally got it off using a Clorox wipe. I have no idea what it is. It's fine and powdery, so I don't think it's mold.


Does your shower have tile walls? It could be haze from the grout. That's fine and powdery. And it can be buffed off with cheesecloth.

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Posted 15 May 2016 - 09:52 PM

Fine white sounds like one of hard water or soap scum. Around here, we get some black mold and some red mold if we don't keep up on cleaning.



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Posted 19 July 2016 - 05:51 PM

Yep Tilex and scubbing reg is good or soft scrub squirted on walls reg and rinsed 10 min later once the initial cleaning is done... clorox can cause cough too