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Dangers of Toxic Mold Spores on your Health

By The Air Purifier

If you have an allergy to mold, its presence in your home can make you feel sick. More importantly, it is mold spores that can have a negative impact on your health. The symptoms triggered by mold exposure can vary from person to person.

Mold Spores

Mold releases spores, which 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 and disease(1)

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.

Here is a larger list below:

  • Eye Irritation / Damage - feeling itchy or watery for no reason.
  • Postnasal Drip - that leads to coughing.
  • Respiratory Illness - see mold illness below.
  • Skin Irritation - dry skin that eventually develops scales or rash.
  • Stuffy Nose - the need to clear your sinuses.
  • Throat Irritation - feeling itchy or scratchy, requiring a cough drop.
  • Other - headachesdizziness, disorientation, brain fog and fatigue. (2)

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. 


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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/or skin infections in people with poor immunity. 

Other serious problems that can develop are:

1. Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis - a condition affecting the lungs of individuals with cystic fibrosis or asthma. Read More >>

2. Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis - a serious condition leading to inflammation of the lungs due to exposure to mold spores. Read More >>

3. Allergic Fungal Sinusitis - an inflammation of the sinus passages. Read More >>

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. 

Long Term Exposure

If you have been exposed to toxic mold spores for an extended period or want to know if you could be highly allergic to mold spores than get a Mold Blood Test.



Black Mold

There are more than 100 kinds of mold, only some of them are known to cause allergic reactions or sickness. Black Mold like Stachybotrys Chartarum and Aspergillus are examples of Toxic Mold.

Stachybotrys Chartarum is a greenish-black mold that can grow on material with a high cellulose content, such as fiberboard, gypsum board and paper. (3)

Mold Removal

If the mold in your home has not spread, you can try to remove the mold yourself, here are some Easy Mold Removal methods. If you see mold is widespread in your home and cannot be removed by yourself here are some tips to find a Mold Removal Company. Below are four ways to detect & remove Mold & Mold Spores in your Home:

1. Mold Air Test Kit will "Detect" toxic mold spores in the Air. Mold Test Kits >>

2. Air Purifier will "Filter Out" toxic mold spores which have become Airborne. Read More >>

3. Dehumidifier will "Lower" Humidity to stop mold from Growing. Read More >>

4. Steam Cleaner will "Kill" Mold at its source. Read More >>

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, reducing your exposure to it produces better results.

References

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

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

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


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