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Mold and Health Concerns

There have been ongoing debates within the medical community about health concerns associated with mold. The general consensus is mold doesn’t affect everyone the same way, and in some it seems to have no affect at all or at least in the short term. The amount of time and spore concentration that we can endure in a house with mold contamination remains unknown. We know one thing for sure, mold growth indoors is not a healthy environment to live and in some cases even a small amount of mold exposure can have a large impact on you and your family’s health.

Call for a mold inspection and possibly an indoor air quality test to determine the quality of air your family is breathing.

Who is most at risk from Exposure to Mold?

Everyone is at risk. The ones at higher risk includes:

  • Infants
  • Children
  • Immune-compromised patients
  • Pregnant women
  • People who have respiratory problems
  • People with allergies or asthma

If you find mold in your home, it’s important for everyone’s health that you call to get mold  removal right away.

Mold Symptoms

If you notice any of the symptoms below when you or your family are in the house, you might consider investigating for mold with a mold inspection or an indoor air quality test. In the winter months we may mistake the signs of mold exposure for the common cold, due to the lack of outside ventilation.

Mold symptoms include:

  • runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, watery eyes
  • skin rash or itching
  • flu-like symptoms
  • asthma attacks
  • constant headaches
  • memory problems
  • mood changes
  • aches and pains
  • possible fever

What about Black or Toxic Mold?

The most common indoor molds are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus and Alternaria. Black or Toxic mold is known as Stachybotrys (pronounced “stacky-bow-triss”) Chartarum, It is not uncommon, and certainly not rare. Stachybotrys can produce compounds that have toxic properties known as mycotoxins. Mycotoxins can appear in both living and dead mold spores. While Stachybotrys is growing, a wet slime layer overlays the spores, preventing them from becoming airborne. When the mold dies and dries, air currents or handling can cause spores to become airborne. Stachybotrys Chartarum (also known as Stachybotrys atra) is a greenish-black mold that can grow on wood, fiberboard, drywall, paper, dust and lint. Growth occurs when there is moisture from water damage, excessive humidity, water leaks, condensation, water infiltration, flooding or a combination of the above. Constant moisture is required for growth.

Exposure to Black or Toxic Mold

Symptoms of black or toxic mold exposure may not seem life threatening in the beginning.

Over time more serious illnesses may develop such as;

  • Nasal Congestion
  • Irritation of the eyes
  • Inflammation of the sinuses
  • Irritation of the skin
  • Breathlessness
  • flu-like symptoms
  • asthma attacks
  • constant headaches
  • memory problems
  • mood changes
  • aches and pains
  • possible fever
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Hoarseness

More serious symptoms

  • Inflammation of the ear
  • Immune system suppression
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Food Intolerances
  • Bleeding Lungs
  • Nose Bleeds
  • Memory Loss
  • Arthralgia ( Pain in the joints without swelling )

Avoid These Common Mistakes

  • Thinking an ordinary dust mask and gloves provides enough protection
  • Thinking you can use bleach to get rid of mold
  • Thinking you can paint over mold to get rid of it
  • Disturbing the mold and releasing mold spores into the air

Interesting Links to Mold Health Issues

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mold_health_issues

World Health Organization (WHO)
http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/43325/E92645.pdf

If you have any concerns that mold may be present in your home BE SAFE, NOT SORRY!

Call The Mold Guy and book an appointment for a Mold Inspection or an Indoor Air Quality Test. (289)233-6653 (mold)