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Please let me know if this makes any sense, over the past 7 months Ive been fighting a non relenting respitory infection. Ive been to every specialist within 150 miles of NYC, 13 lung biopsy's and the Drs still cannot tell me whats causing it. When I got into my car this morning for a 5 hour round trip to Mass I noticed a faint odor of must/mold by the time I got out of the car in Mass I was wezing and hacking. Could this be the culprit? I take the train to work in NYC everyday so i dont spend that much time in the car during the week. I would appreciate any information you could pass along.

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The short answer is no. The epidemiologist in me needs to ask...are you a smoker? I would recommend you see an infectious disease physician. They can pull lung fluid and test for infectious diseases. If negative, it at least rules out infectious disease etiology. Have you ever been diagnosed with COPD or asthma?
 

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Could be making you sick. A bit unlikely.

One could foresee mould in the aircon releasing toxins. Although I have never heard of this in real life in a car - mostly in very mouldy basements - just theoretical. This would fit with exposure to the car causing recurring illness. It could also link to allergy, although I expect your doctor already ruled out Asthma.

In the UK, a correlation between Legionella in windscreen wash and disease in taxi drivers has been made (I think it was some 17 cases, from memory, might be worth a google) - but again, your doctor should have ruled this out already.

If you say it is an infection - you should be experiencing an increase in termperature. Is that the case? Why on earth did you have lung biopsies? Seems a bit severe. Do you mean bronchial lavage?
 

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I would think that you would be more likely to catch something on the train than in the Saab. Have you ever flown to Mexico City? Half the locals on the plane wear masks for the duration of the flight. Makes we wonder what they're afraid of catching... Ron
 

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Do you typically park your car outside? (not garaged)

If so, when is the last time you have replaced your cabin air filter.
 

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Way to many possible confounding variables at play here. Your Saab smelling "moldy" is just a red herring. It's a little absurd (no offense) to think the car is making you sick. Go see an ID doc and have them rule out an infectious etiology. A urine antigen test for Legionnaire's disease seems warranted. If they rule out an infectious cause, they can move on to other possible etiologies (chronic, environmental).
 

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Try changing the cabin filter. Mold can be growing on it. Or inside the hidden passageway which may be even harder to clean.
You can usually fix that by spraying a can of lysol in the cabin filter duct with the fan on at full blast

The mold smell could trigger nausea, but I would never expect the car to give you an illness
 

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Hi, im an indoor air quality tech. You may have mold in your homes air conditioning system. Some people are highly sensitive to mold.

If your having respiratory issues, you may want to check your houses air filter, then open up your air handler and check the coil and blower wheel for visible mold growth.
 

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Working in NYC everyday would be much more plausible than your car causing your ailments. I lived in NY for 18 months and it took me a while to get adjusted to the smog/urine smell everywhere, I'm sure it didn't do my lungs any good either.
 

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I spent 6 hours of my life in that stinkhole of NYC, you have to have a psychiatric diagnosis to live in a place like that, urine and stench, people wearing Armani suits casually passing by cardboard made shelters and the subway:(

I will also ask the OP if he smokes, my puffers seem to have a fascination with mold and airborne allergens, anything but the smoke inhalant rhinosinusitis and bronchitis from their beloved ciggies. BTW retired Benson & Hedges 100mm hard pack addict here, now i had to raise coffee roasting and espresso making to perfection, but no matter how thick the crema i still find myself imagining a B&H between the index and middle:nono;

The air filter q. is also very valid.
 

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I agree that it seems unlikely that the car is making you sick (but I'm no expert :roll: )

However, it is definitely worth changing the cabin filter - even if the end result is only getting rid of the smell. While you're there, instead of spraying lysol into the intake, I'd suggest buying athlete's foot spray (it's a fungicide and it should be easier on the plastics than lysol). Given your condition, I'd ask someone else to do it, rather than annoy your lungs more.

Also, someone here mentioned that the mold smell can be from condensation on the condensor. Again, the fungicide spray might help. To prevent the problem in the future, it was suggested that you get in the habit of switching the a.c. off manually a few minutes before you park the car to give it a chance to dry out. This would seem to be especially wise given that your car is parked for days at a time.

Anyhow, I hope you find a health solution soon!
 
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