HEALTH EFFECTS OF MOLD
People may have health problems when mold grows to a particular level in a structure. People who are immuno-compromised or who have suppressed immune systems such as children, the elderly, chronically ill, or those with breathing and lung problems may be more susceptible to mold.
Remember, there are many kinds of mold. Some types of mold may cause a cough, congestion, headaches, fatigue, a runny nose, and aggravated asthma. Other molds can cause more serious symptoms such as a flu like illness or worse. The intensity of the mold and the length of exposure are also factors in how people react to it.
Mold can produce allergens, irritants, and in some
cases potentially harmful mycotoxins. These
allergens and toxins can cause people to become ill.
People can be exposed to mold in the following ways:
• Breathing in the spores from the
• Skin contact from handling an item that has mold growing on it
• Eating without properly washing your hands after handling moldy objects
Small exposure to mold has the potential to cause the following health problems:
• Itching or irritation of the nose, eyes, throat and skin
• Skin rash
• Sinus infections or congestion/runny nose
• Sneezing and coughing
• Upper or lower respiratory infections
• Frequent headaches
• Trouble concentrating, memory lapses, confusion
• Mood swings, anxiety, depression
• Chronic aches and pains
• Digestive problems
• Long term memory loss
This is not an all inclusive list, but simply several signs that may indicate the need for an experienced Mold Remediator and staff who are qualified in industrial hygiene and indoor air quality assessments.
Individuals with allergies or asthma tend to be very sensitive to mold and are much more susceptible to asthma attacks in the presence of mold.
Others at high risk of health affects due to mold include:
• The elderly
• Immuno-compromised patients
• Pregnant women
• Others with respiratory issues