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Rinse your sinuses with salt water in a neti potIf you have just
inadvertently breathed in a green powder, 
where to buy a neti pot
rinse your sinuses out with
salt water that is as warm as you can tolerate it. The ratio of salt to
water should be 1 teaspoon salt to 1 pint water. You should use good
quality sea salt, but it is better to use table salt for now than not do it at all.

If you have some 20-mule team Borax, you can add a quarter teaspoon to the salt water. Ideally you would use a jala neti pot for this purpose. It is designed for saline nasal irrigation and will be more comfortable and easy to use than anything else. If you don't have one, you can use a teapot, infant nasal syringe or anything else that can get water into one nostril and out the other. 
Jala neti/saline nasal irrigation isn't hard or unpleasant, but it may be difficult to learn it under duress. Be sure to lean forward over the sink while you are doing it so the water doesn't backwash into your esophagus or bronchial tube. When you have finished rinsing out your sinuses as best you can, come back.

The green mold powder is probably spores from the mold penicillium. It is the most common powder-forming kitchen mold.  It is actually edible (as most molds are) and wouldn't have done you any harm if it landed on food that you eat. It is the same mold you eat when you eat blue cheese.

The danger of breathing in mold primarily is not that the mold is toxic, per se, but that it is a "seed" that may be able to plant itself somewhere in your body that has a moist, nutrient-rich environment and grow.

We all breathe in mold spores every day and our bodies have evolved to deal with them. Most likely, your immune system will keep it from causing any major damage. However, it is possible that it can get some footing in the mucus lining in your sinuses, where the immune system cannot reach. For that, you need saline nasal irrigation or jala neti, which is basically pumping salt water through your nose. It's not bad and only takes a minute once you get used to it.


Possible Scenarios 

What are the possible outcomes of breathing mold powder,  what are the circumstances that would make it more likely and what can be done for each? (Keep in mind that I am not a professional, and this is just the collection of information I have gathered from researching this topic.)

Going from best to worst:

1.) All the powder will be trapped by the mucous in your sinuses and will eventually be discharged with nasal mucous in the ordinary way. This would be most likely to happen in the circumstances that your breathing has always been easy, never blocked, and you throw colds off easily or rarely get colds. To encourage this, buy a neti pot and good-quality full-array sea salt and continue saline nasal irrigation.

2.) Some of the powder will be trapped by the mucous in your sinuses but will gain a foothold in the sinuses and become what is referred to as a "non-invasive fungus". It doesn't get into your body, but it gets in the way of your breathing.  People with deviated septums are prone to experience this sometime during their lives regardless of whether or not they have breathed in mold powder. It is what affects people who use forced air or CPAP breathing devices to help with their breathing. Practice jala neti (saline nasal irrigation) once or twice a day.

3.) Filamentous fungi. The spores, or even one spore, could grow into a filamentous fungus that would grow through your body with as little bulk as a transparent biofilm or a line of single cells. This is not accepted by orthodox medical science. My theory is that if a mold spore gets a foothold somewhere in the body such as the sinuses, it can then grow into any nook and cranny it finds, creating what I believe is a biofilm.The immune system attacks it where it finds it, the result being what is recognized by the orthodox medical industry as an "auto-immune disease". Because the biofilm is so thin it is hard to see, they believe that the body attacks itself. In a way, this is what I think is part of a "most likely" scenario after breathing in mold powder. What will happen now and in the immediate future is nothing, but someday if you get a candida infection, a touch of arthritis or a bit of chilblains in your hands, it may have its roots back in the long-forgotten day you breathed in mold powder. You can read more about my theory of malignant biofilms and what to do about them at arthritis

4.) If it were to make its way into your lungs and got a hold there, symptoms that would appear over time are: breathing difficulties, chest tightening, coughing, shortness of breath and/or asthma.

5.) Penicilliosis. Some of the spores that are trapped in the mucous grow into your body using any space that is not protected by your immune system. This produces a disease called penicilliosis. It is more likely in people with compromized immune systems and it is a common opportunistic infection in people with AIDS. This can produce failure of any organs that are affected. Morgellon's Syndrome occurs when the mold or fungus has grown to such an extent that it forms fruiting bodies that begin the process of reproducing by extending out of the body to expel spores.

See my page on a fungus growing through the body of a tree here.

A measure of how well your immune system functions is how easy you catch whatever is "going around" and how long it lasts:

1.) Almost never get colds: very healthy
2.) Colds only last a week: good immune system
3.) Colds last a month or more: compromised immune system.
Of course, this could be skewed by your environment. If you have allergies, you may also be more susceptible to mold spores.

To test if anything is "happening" after breathing in mold powder, stay aware of your breathing. If it starts to feel more blocked, or more difficult, then perhaps something is growing in your nasal passage that is causing a blockage. Later on, the development of excess mucus could be both a sign of fungal infection and your body's way of trying to get rid of it. Jala neti will help clear it up. A few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide in each ear anytime you feel a cold coming on will also help to keep any growth at bay.

I would also suggest to anyone exposed to mold in this way to be careful about never living or working in completely airtight buildings and to always breathe fresh air as much as possible. Live in a "mold-free" environment.

Some other "mold-unfriendly" things you could try and then use your own bio-feedback to determine if it is doing any good are:

Breathe in hot steam (like from a facial sauna). Add some pine needles to it if you like.

Use an ozonator, but use carefully. Do not stay in a room while the generator is running, but use it to kill
microbes in the room while you are not in it. Ozone burns living cells; the idea is to burn the fungus cells but not your own. 

Take, drink or eat goldenseal anything.

Take a teaspoon of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate, not baking powder) or finely ground vegetable ashes mixed in water once or twice a day. (The theory is to alkalize the body, making it inhospitable to mold).

Add molybdenum as a nutrition supplement to your diet.

Oil of oregano; a few drops in a drink every day, and/or a tiny bit placed under the nostrils just before sleeping.

Fluconazole (Diflucan in the US). Diflucan is a drug and can be dangerous. See Issues below.

Aromatherapy: Gather from the woods or your physic garden any of the body-purifying plants listed, put in a ceramic or glass bowl of water and set in a slow cooker set on high by your bed to breathe in the vapors overnight: oregano, sage, lemon balm, juniper, pine needles etc. Essential oils can also be used.

Tea tree oil Put a few drops on the skin just under your nose or just inside nostrils before going to sleep.

Boron or 20-mule team Borax (See Issues below).

Wear a face filter mask. It can help prevent any of the mold's friends and relatives from coming along and helping it once it settles into your system, which helps out your immune system, leaving it free to tackle the original mold infection.

Breathe fresh air by keeping the doors and windows open as much as possible, or live outdoors whenever there is an opportunity.

Iodine in neti pot. Some people use iodine in neti pot for sinus infection. Put about 10 drops Lugol's per quart of water and teaspoon of sea salt.


Fluconazole, called Diflucan or Trican in the U.S., once sold over the counter but now prescription. Is used to treat penicilliosis and aspergillosis in dogs.(Penicilliosis and aspergilliosis both refer to the disease state of being parasitized by a mold, either the green mold powder penicillium to which this page is mostly directed, and aspergillus, another kitchen mold. Although this page is mostly directed to breathing in green mold powder, it is likely that the same remedies could be applied to breathing in the black aspergillus mold powder, or the powder of any other spore-forming mold.) Fluconazole is sold under other names for veterinary use. It is sold over the counter in some countries and there appears to be a lively gray market in the stuff in countries where it is controlled, especially if they border on countries where it is available without prescription. It is called Alfumet in Mexico. Because fungus cells are more like human cells than bacteria or viruses, substances that can kill funguses can be dangerous to humans and should be used cautiously. Can cause birth defects in unborn children, so should not be used if there is any chance you are pregnant.

Closest herbal remedy to fluconazole. Main ingredient in goldenseal preparations.

Boron and Borax
Kills mold and fungus. There is a dispute about its toxicity. Some say it is poisonous and others say it has a toxicity ratio slightly greater than table salt. The US government says that 18 mgs of boron a day is safe, some in the alternative health community say that ingesting a quarter teaspoon a day of Borax (yes, the laundry soap) is safe. (I put a quarter teaspoon of Borax into a liter of my homebrews and sip it throughout the day. It has a  sweet taste and so far I have found no ill reactions.) It is used as a suppository to cure thrush infections, and in the cosmetic industry as an eye wash, so presumably it can't be that toxic if it is merely held in contact with mucous membranes and eventually washed out rather than being swallowed or ingested. I have added some to my neti saline nasal irrigaton and it seems to work about the same as salt with no bad reactions.

Prescription drugs: Nizoral, cromolym sodium, fluconazole and itraconazole. (Ketoconazole and metronidazole are antimyotics similar to fluconazole but more apt to affect human cells than fluconazole. They are used for aquariums and other veterinary use and can be purchased without a prescription.)

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