Mold Health Effects

Can Mold Cause Health Effects?

Some people are more sensitive to mold health effects than others. You are exposed to molds every day, usually by touching or breathing them. Because molds naturally exist outdoor and indoor, living in a totally mold-free environment is practically impossible. As molds grow, spores can be released into the air where they can be easily inhaled. Your body’s reaction to mold exposure depends on how much you are exposed to mold, your age, and your sensitivities or allergies. The same amount of mold may cause health effects in one person, but not in another.

 

What Are Health Risks and Symptoms Associated With Mold?

People who inhale high concentrations of mold spores may experience mold health effects. Possible health risks and symptoms from mold exposure include: allergic illness, irritant effects, infection, and toxic effects. For people that are sensitive to molds, health symptoms such as nasal and sinus irritation or congestion, dry hacking cough, wheezing, skin rashes or burning, watery or reddened eyes may occur. People with severe mold allergies may have more serious reactions, such as hay-fever-like symptoms or shortness of breath. People with chronic illnesses or people with immune system problems may be more likely to get infections from certain molds, viruses and bacteria.

 

Are You Experiencing Health Problems Caused By Mold?

The long-term presence of indoor mold may eventually become unhealthy for anyone, causing health problems. If you have special health concerns, you should consult your medical doctor if suspect health problems due to indoor mold. The following types of people may be more susceptible and affected more severely than others: Babies and children, elderly persons, individuals with chronic respiratory conditions or allergies or asthma, and persons having weakened immune systems (for example, people with HIV or AIDS, chemotherapy patients, or organ transplant recipients)

 

What Do You Do Next?

If you’re experiencing health problems, contact your doctor first. If you’re concerned about a mold problem in your home or building, contact us to schedule your mold inspection.

 

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