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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Severe COPD and Mildew



My mom was 62 and had severe COPD, she was on oxygen and chair ridden. She would only get up to use the bathroom. A wet towel was left in the bathtub, which was showered on being used as a bathmat during a shower, and wet again as other people took a shower. She was exposed to the fairly strong smell of mildew for 9 days, when she would use the toilet. which is aprox. 5 and a half, feet from the tub. Can repeated short term exposure to mildew make her sick enough to kill her?


Thank you for visiting NetWellness. In general, short term exposure to mildew would not be expected to kill her.

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Mahasti   Rittinger, RRT Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University