Effects of Household Mold on Humans
The connection between exposure to mold and the increased risk of developing illness is not completely determined. However, there is more and more evidence that suggests molds in the home do negatively impact residents of the home or anyone exposed to the mold for a sufficient length of time.
Mold exposure can lead to asthma-like symptoms or worsen the symptoms for people who already suffer from asthma. In addition, when mold spores enter the body through the respiratory system, they can cause or worsen other conditions such as organic dust toxicity syndrome (ODTS), tremors and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Unfortunately, studies are limited because every person is different and reacts differently to fungi.
Molds in the Home that Make You Sick
There is a long list of different mold types – some growing inside and some growing outside. The most common types mold found indoors include Stachybotrys(also known as “black mold”), Penicillium and Aspergillus. These three mold types have been directly identified as causes of illness in humans. The outdoor mold Cladosporium is also dangerous to humans, and it can make its way indoors through open windows, doors and cracks in the foundation. If you see mold in your home (e.g. in the shower, under the sink, on your walls) it’s likely one of the three aforementioned species, which thrive in moist environments. Be sure to take action to remove the mold as quickly as possible.
Mold most often grows on wet wood, paper, carpeting or fibre. That’s why any materials that have been water-damaged beyond repair should be discarded immediately. When mold is found growing on walls or in other places that cannot simply be thrown out and replaced, you should call a professional mold removal company.
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