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Are All Types of Mold Dangerous?
Are You a Victim of Sick Building Syndrome?
What Can Mold Do to You?
Because mold spores are always in the air, everytime you open a door or a window, you’re inviting mold into your home. It’s unavoidable. Spores can also enter your home through your air conditioning or heating systems and on the bodies of your pets as they come and go.
You wouldn’t think that something so tiny as these microscopic spores could cause the damage they are able to, but because they are the reproductive cells of mold, their reason for existence is to multiply and continue their life cycle.
Food for Mold
Their means of growth is to attach themselves to anything organic in warm, damp, humid conditions:
- Walls, ceilings
- Wood and wood products
- Drapery, upholstered furniture
- Even household dust
Once they have accomplished this task, it only takes between 24-48 for growth to begin. When this happens, mold begins digesting whatever it is attached to, and if left alone will destroy it and whatever else it spreads to. More spores are then created, and the cycle continues.
Mold Destroys More Than Your Home
Mold can destroy your health, especially if you are someone who has respiratory conditions, immune suppressed conditions, if you are elderly or very young. It can cause:
- Allergy symptoms
- Nasal irritation
- Coughing and sneezing
- Breathing difficulties
- Asthma attacks
- Skin rashes
- Eye and throat irritation
- Migraine headaches
- Chills or fever
- Aching muscles
As you can see from this list, because mold symptoms can be attributed to any number of conditions, it is often difficult to diagnose that what you’re experiencing has been caused by toxic mold. For this reason, many people have become very ill from mold exposure.
If you or someone in your home is experiencing chronic symptoms that can’t be attributed to a physical condition or doesn’t respond to treatment, you should consider having your home inspected for mold. Mold is not always visible to you because it can grow in places you don’t necessarily look at frequently, if at all.
Call a professional, trying to handle a mold problem on your own can make the situation worse by inadvertently spreading it. A professional mold remediator will locate the cause of the mold, then safely and thoroughly get rid of it for you.
What Could Cause Your Breathing Difficulty?
Respiratory problems, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing can be caused by any number of things, it could be caused by:
- Something as simple as a cold
- Lung Cancer
When the problem is allergies, the symptoms could be caused by pollens, dust or mold. When mold is the culprit, it can increase the intensity and frequency of all of the illnesses or conditions listed above.
Real life example
This is a communication between a client and me in regard to a respiratory problem from a tenant.
Thank you for having me out to your client’s home to figure out what might be causing some of their respiratory issues.
I am not a medical professional, but in the course of my mold investigation I did notice that the level of humidity in their apartment is on the high side, possibly creating an environment conducive to organic growth.
There was some evidence of organic growth under their mattress, but nowhere else was anything visible. There are some other factors too that might be contributing and I have listed them out and thoughts on ways to keep these things in check in the attachment.
I believe that if the tenants give some consideration to the ideas in that attachment as well as you possibly providing them with a dehumidifier to keep moisture content of air down, (between 40 and 50% is what we want to see, higher than that creates conditions for mold growth). There may be some dust issues there as well, which can create allergic reactions for folks and is easily rectified.