Mold and Health

Mold and Health Symptoms

Various molds can produce mycotoxins and cause problems if people are exposed to high levels of these compounds. Mold and health effects caused by mold include but are not limited to: eye, nose and throat irritations, skin rashes, headache, dizziness, dermatitis, diarrhea and impaired or altered immune function.  In more recent years there have been many studies linking mold and health problems with significant diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer. Inhaling large concentrations of dust with mold spores may cause lung irritation. In some instances a serious lung condition.  By far the most common health impacts from mold are those associated with allergies and asthma. Researchers estimate that about 10% of the US population is allergic to mold spores. Mold symptoms can range from watery eyes, throat irritation, coughing and sneezing to more serious conditions such as sinusitis and asthma.

Some molds, like Black Mold, and mold byproducts can be very dangerous to some people. However, exposure does not mean that people will get sick and die. The people most at risk have severely compromised immune systems such as those undergoing chemotherapy, those with HIV/AIDS or those who have had bone marrow or organ transplants. Also, those with weak immune systems like infants and the elderly should also take note of mold and health problems that can be caused from being exposed. Looking for subtle mold symptoms in these individuals is vital in preventing serious illness.

Mold Researchers Looks to Humidity Control as a Link to Mold and Health

One of the most important avenues of mold research focuses on damp buildings. There is solid evidence that damp buildings and exposure to resultant indoor mold growth are risk factors for developing asthma. Not just in making asthma symptoms worse. The results from these studies indicate that the risk of developing asthma appears higher. However, is not limited to, people who are sensitive to mold allergens or those who have parents with asthma. Children are at a greater risk than adults. These studies emphasize the importance of cleaning up and preventing indoor mold growth. By eliminating moisture intrusion and reducing indoor humidity, results in reducing the number of people who develop asthma. Including the frequency and severity of attacks for those who already have asthma.

If mold is disturbed or removed incorrectly, the spores may filter into the HVAC system redistributing mold throughout the property.  HVAC systems can create all three conditions for significant mold growth.  What are the concerns of long-term health effects of mold exposure? Is mold more than an allergen? The risks of indoor mold growth are continually grabbing headlines.  Understanding mold and health symptoms begin the first steps in making educated decisions for keeping your home safe & free of mold.

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