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Old 08-03-2007, 02:35 PM
 
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Hi. I've just moved to Durham, and am having a weird problem and was hoping someone might have some advice. I think my apartment is making me a bit ill. When I spend the whole day there (I work at home often), by the end of the day I have a sore throat and my eyes are red and I'm sneezing. At first I thought I was just allergic to the plants around here, but if I leave my apartment to work somewhere else, I'm fine. Has this happened to anyone else? And is there anything I can do? I've looked for mold and don't see any, and getting a professional in to test the air seems to cost a lot . . .

Thanks for any advice you all might have!
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Old 08-03-2007, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Woodlynne NJ
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New Rugs? New Furniture?
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Old 08-03-2007, 06:46 PM
 
Location: University Place, WA
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How long have you lived in your home or apartment? Did your symptoms appear right after you moved in? Have the gotten worse since you moved in? The reason for the questions is I am wondering if you are sensitive to some of the solutions/solvents that were used in your home or apartment prior to your moving in. Since it is summer, try opening the windows to air out the place--while you are home of course. Try to keep a window near where you work open, for sure. It wouldn't hurt to have the window cracked open in your bedroom at night, either..that is if you feel safe in your neighborhood.
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Old 08-03-2007, 07:54 PM
 
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Maybe you have mold growing somewhere in your apartment?
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Old 08-03-2007, 08:27 PM
 
Location: NE Florida
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do you have allergies to animals?
maybe the previous folks that lived there had pets.
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Old 08-03-2007, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Venice, Fl
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There could be mold growing inside the walls, if this is the case you won't see it. The only way to be sure is to call an indoor air quality specialist. Your local branch of the EPA may be able to help find one for you.
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Old 08-03-2007, 11:24 PM
 
Location: My heart is in Wyoming, my body is soon to follow.....
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I would have it tested for mold, if it checks out okay have your carpets professionaly steam cleaned to rule out the idea of a pet dander allergy. If you're still getting sick I'd start asking your neighbors if the people that lived there before you were of questionable character, they could have been cooking or smoking meth, which would require a complete tear out to remove.
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Old 08-04-2007, 05:34 PM
 
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Talk to your neighbors and see if they are having the same symptoms. If you have mold growing in your walls then chances are so do they.
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Old 08-06-2007, 12:34 AM
 
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Try sprinkling a generous amount of baking soda in the carpets and leave for several days before vacuuming ... make sure you aren't sensitive to baking soda first. You might also try zeolite ... fairly inexpensive online. Both of these will "soak up" chemicals and other things pretty well. Also, there are certain house plants that will clear the air - online search will get you lots of info. An inexpensive air purifier can be very helpful. Finally, to help detoxify a new place, turn the heat up way high for several days when you are not there and as you can afford, then open the windows when you get home and stay outside for a while. This might sound crazy, but if the heat is high enough, it can have a baking effect, which will release chemicals and allow them to float out the windows. I really hope some of this helps. Best wishes.
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:01 PM
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Location: Austin
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It sounds like a mold problem.
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