The health effects of Black Toxic Mold

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The health effects of mold such as the dreaded toxic black mold affect our lives in many different ways. Human exposure to black mold is probably the most feared. Exposure to mold is a very serious issue that when left untreated, can lead to serious illness or even death. The potential threat to human health is due to the fact that mold can be Infectious, Allergenic and Toxic leading to dangerous health conditions. Early exposure to mold can resemble cold and flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, aches, pains, runny nose headaches and asthma. Mold can be found in our homes and work places alike. Doctors still do not fully understand the effects of mold on the human body. Researchers are still studying the effects and hazards of short and long term exposure to mold on the human body. Short term exposure can cause a minor reaction with the person recovering quickly with little side effects while long term exposure to certain types of mold can cause serious medical problems such as bronchitis, mental conditions, cancer, multiple sclerosis and the list goes on. Substances like microbial volatile organic compounds or (MVOC) can cause health problems caused by excessive certain types of mold exposure mold. Common side effects are the typical flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, respiratory problems. Researchers estimate that it will be some time before the full effects of mold exposure to humans is understood. Currently, the government has not established a guide line outlining the quality of air affected by the presents of mold and fungus. It is estimated that over 20 million American are suffering annually from the effects of mold and fungus. Generally speaking, most healthy Americans are not affected by common mold and fungus. There is however a percentage of Americans conditions such as asthma or allergies that experience itching eyes, running nose, cough and congestion. People suffering from asthma and other lung conditions should be especially careful when there is a possibility of the existence of black toxic mold and fungus.

Some molds produce a toxin in an effort to defend against other molds, fungus and bacteria. This toxin is referred to as a mycotoxin. Studies have shown that depending on the amount of exposure, people can experience toxic effects and if your family members have any type of health problem, you should see a physician promptly. There are test that can determine if you have been exposed to mycotoxin. In the event that the test proves to be positive for mycotoxins, this will only prove that you have been exposed to the mold antibodies. It will most likely not be able to determine the amount or time of the exposure.

People that are sensitive to mold should make every attempt to avoid exposure. Mold will typically reside in compost piles, cut grass, antique stores, greenhouses, bathrooms, greenhouses, farms and abandon buildings or vacation properties that are closed for most of the year.

Some of the things that we can do to reduce or eliminate mold is try to keep the humidity level in the house between 40% and 60%. Air conditioners and humidifiers work very well at keeping mold at bay. Do not install carpet in the bathrooms and basements of areas where humidity is high. Keeping bathrooms clean with mold cleaning products is a big help. Make sure all water leaks are addressed promptly. Water from leaking faucets can seep into the walls and floor causing mold to form potentially costing the home owner a fortune in repairs.

The dangerous health effects of mold and the cost of toxic mold remediation can be astronomical to a home owner. Preventive action is the best course of action in the fight against mold and fungus. If your children or family members are exhibiting signs of mold exposure, seek medical attention immediately. Insure that the potential mold exposure is not a result of mold in your children’s day care, schools or family work place. Contact a professional mold inspector and insure that you home is a mold free environment. Contact your children’s school and get in touch with your local Indoor Air Quality office. Visit our website for more articles on toxic black mold and mold remediation.

By: Bradley Skierkowski

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