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Mold And Your Health.

Having mold in your home can cause a number of health problems, and mold sickness can be avoided by cleaning the mold up as quickly as possible if a problem occurs. Toxic mold related illness must be treated immediately, because there are many long term health complications that can occur if a person continues to be exposed to mold spores that are present in their environment.

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

Types of Indoor Mold:

  1. Cladosporium
  2. Penicillium
  3. Alternaria
  4. Aspergillus

How can these m0lds affect your health?

  • AllergiesOne of the most common forms of mold sickness that occurs is allergies. Most people begin to experience a runny nose, breathing problems, sinusitis, and hay fever. Even though these symptoms may be associated with pollen or other external factors, the symptoms may actually be coming from your own home if there are untreated mold problems.
  • Respiratory IllnessesWhen mold is present in a home, the inhabitants will be breathing in microscopic mycotoxins that are in the mold spores, which can cause respiratory problems and lung problems. These symptoms may be as minor as a stuffy nose, but when left untreated they may lead to more serious problems such as bleeding in the lungs which can actually lead to death.
  • InfectionsToxic mold related illness can present themselves in the form of infections. These infections are caused by pathogens such as fumigatus, aspergillus, and histoplasma.
  • Reproductive ProblemsOne form of mold sickness that most people do not consider is that mold may cause fertility issues in some people. Exposure to mold may cause a disruption in the hormonal balance within the body, which can make it difficult to reproduce or prevent a woman from having a healthy pregnancy.
  • Digestive IllnessesExposure to mold may result in the body having a hard time removing waste, which can cause digestive issues. Some people experience diarrhea, vomiting, and even internal bleeding as a result of these problems. Additional complications can occur when the liver begins to be diseased because it is overworking to remove the toxins that the person has been exposed to.
  • Life Threatening IllnessesThere are various other life threatening illnesses that may occur as a result of mold exposure, such as: fibromyalgia, lupus, sudden infant death syndrome, cancer, and tuberculosis.

Staying in a mold-infested environment for a long period of time can result in these symptoms, which are often the result of not seeing a doctor in time, or choosing to remain in an area with mold, without taking steps to clean it. At this stage, mold sickness may be incurable. These symptoms include blindness, long-term memory loss, bleeding lungs, brain damage, cancer and, in rare cases, death.

 

 

“Moisture and Mold Problems: Preventing and Solving Them in Your Home” Web blog post. DIY home health and safety. WebMD. 23 Oct. 2014

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