More than 100,000 species of mold exist. Mold spores are everywhere and most of us live with it without problem. However, prolonged exposure can make any one feel the effects. Elderly people and those with a compromised immune system are especially at risk.
Health problems including allergies and respiratory illness can be among the effects. Check out our mold page for more information on mold and mold growth in the home.
While mold itself is not poisonous or toxic, some molds produce mycotoxins. These are toxic substances that can cause various health problems, such as skin rashes, and even cancer in extreme cases if exposed long enough to the toxins.
Allergic reactions are a common result of exposure to mold, some people being more sensitive than others. The time and nature of the exposure also plays a role in the gravity of the symptoms. Signs that you’re experiencing a mold allergy include eye irritation, stuffy nose, coughing and wheezing, throat irritation, and skin irritation.
High levels of airborne mold spores can also trigger asthma attacks in people with the condition. Symptoms of an asthma attack include chest tightness, shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. Mold exposure can also lead to the development of asthma in some children, especially those who are genetically susceptible to asthma.
Other Health Problems
Mold exposure can also cause chronic sinus infections. Even if the exposure to mold wasn’t the main cause of the infection, those who suffer from chronic sinusitis should avoid any contact with mold to prevent further problems.
In a study by The American Journal of Public Health, results show that mold in homes is linked to depression. There’s something very ugly about mold, indeed.
Those with compromised immune systems, like people with HIV, AIDS or people doing chemotherapy for cancer, are also more susceptible to mold-related illnesses.
Effects of Mold on Pets
Pets can be affected by mold in mostly the same way we are. When exposed to mold, pets can show symptoms like difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing, nose bleeding, pulmonary hemorrhage, excessive scratching and licking, lethargy, runny nose and allergic reactions.
If pets ingest moldy food products, they can be affected by mycotoxins. Pets that eat this poisoned food may experience muscle spasms or body tremors. Always check the food you give to your pets and throw away any moldy foods in your home.
Take Precautions to Prevent Mold
Anyone can be negatively affected by mold, even healthy young adults. To avoid health issues caused by mold in your home, make sure to fix any water damage immediately and keep indoor humidity at a safe level. Contact PuroClean Disaster Response for mold clean-up and water damage remediation services. 720 773 3400