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The Health Risks from Toxic Mold in Your Home

By The Air Purifier

There are more than 100 kinds of mold, only some of them are known to cause Allergic reactions or Illness in humans. One type of Toxic Mold that can cause serious health problems in your home is Black Mold like Stachybotrys Chartarum and Aspergillus.

Stachybotrys Chartarum is a greenish-black mold that can grow on material with a high cellulose content, such as fiberboard, gypsum board and paper. (1)

Mold Spores

If you have an Allergy to Mold, its presence in your home can make you feel unwell. It is actually Mold Spores in your Home that can have a serious impact on your health.

When Mold Releases Spores, they can become airborne and inhaled into the lungs of person(s) living in the home. Some spores produce Mycotoxins, or Toxic Compounds. Mycotoxins on mold spores have been linked to Serious Health Problems & Disease(2)

Mold Exposure Symptoms

For each person, the immune system identifies the spores as Foreign Particulates. The body's response varies, depending on the individual's level of sensitivity to the mold spores as well as to existing health factors.

The list of common symptoms you may experience due to a mold allergy is long. The symptoms resemble what you may expect from a Cold or Hay Fever. In addition to Sneezing, you may have a Runny Nose that keeps you reaching for a tissue. All Symptoms below;

  • Brain Fog and Fatigue (3)
  • Breathing & Coughing Issues
  • Disorientation & Dizziness
  • Eye Irritation & Eye Damage
  • Headaches
  • Skin Irritation (Scales or Rash)
  • Stuffy Nose & Postnasal Drip
  • Throat Irritation

For people who live in Older Homes with Damp Basements, the symptoms may occur all year. For other individuals, their symptoms may occur only during the winter or rainy seasons. 



Note: You can Avoid Health Issues if your Allergy is Detected & Treated.


Mold Illness

Woman in Hospital with Mask and Nurse in backgroundWhile mold spores in the home is dangerous for anyone, they are even more harmful for people with Compromised Immune Systems. In addition to Cold-like Symptoms, the body may experience more severe reactions to mold, including chronic conditions.

Exposure to mold can lead to Mucous-Membrane and Skin Infections in people with poor immunity. 

Respiratory Illnesses

Perhaps the most commonly experienced severe reaction to mold spores occurs in people with Asthma, a respiratory disease in which breathing becomes restricted as the individual's airway becomes inflamed. 

Wheezing, Shortness of breath, tightness in the chest and coughing​ are symptoms of asthma. When asthma and a mold allergy are both involved, the individual is likely to experience a Severe Asthma Attack when exposed to the mold. 

Mold Exposure & Testing

If you believe your Health Issues are caused by Long Term Exposure to Mold (inside or outside) you can get a Mold Allergy Panel Test to find out which molds are the problem.



Mold Prevention

Mold needs Humidity & Water to grow its Colonies. Over 50% Relative Humidity (RH) & higher in your home will help Mold Grow & Release Spores according to EPA. More >>

Mold Warning

To avoid the dangers, be aware of the 5 Warning Signs You Could have Mold in Your Home. If you suspect you have a mold problem, it is best to consult a Certified Mold Inspector or Remediator to recommend a course of action. More >>

Solutions for Toxic Mold in Home (DIY)

• Lower Humidity in Home to Prevent Mold Growth with a Dehumidifier.

• Filter Out Mold Spores in Air with a Hepa Air Purifier.

• Detect Mold Spores in Air with a Mold Air Test.

• Kill Mold on Surfaces with a Steam Cleaner.

Conclusion

When a person Breathes in Mold Spores, the Immune System responds in ways that are Unpleasant. While Prescriptions and Over-The-Counter Medications can help to manage your Symptoms, the best way is to Reduce Your Exposure to Mold.

References

(1) Stachybotrys Chartarum - Centers for Disease Control - https://www.cdc.gov/mold/stachy.htm - retrieved Dec 15, 2020.

(2) How to get rid of Mold in the House - https://theairpurifier.org/mold/black-mold-removal-guide - retrieved Nov 12, 2020.

(3) Mold and Your Health - Illinois Department of Public Health - Environmental Health Fact Sheet - retrieved Nov 23, 2020.

Last Update: June 14, 2024



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