Most everyone knows that mold growth in a home makes for a terribly unhealthy environment for both you and your house. Mold grows in hundreds of species and exists naturally in the air we breathe. They are useful organisms that help dead substances decompose faster, like a fallen tree. It is a major problem when these spores take their job into your kitchen, bathroom, basement, or other living area. Not only this, some people suffer greater harm from mold exposure than others. This harm manifests itself in three different ways.
The most common type of reaction is a mold allergy. Some species of mold produce mycotoxins, a toxin released into the air as the mold thrives. These species of mold are, for this reason, called toxic molds. While this is naturally unhealthy for any home, many people develop an allergic reaction to these toxins. Once your body responds with even a mild allergic reaction, it will remember those toxins as an allergen and will act accordingly.
Common symptoms include sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, itchy eyes, nose, and throat, a stuffy or runny nose, and dry, scaly skin. If someone has asthma, mold can induce an asthma attack. This results in coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and a tight chest.
Mold in the home can also induce inner ear, sinus, and respiratory infections. These are likely caused by the release of bacteria around or chemicals from the mold. People with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to the harmful effects of mold exposure. When the infection is in the inner ear, it can cause vertigo. When it is in the sinus, one can have a fever. A mold respiratory infection has the same symptoms as a mold allergy.
This third reaction is one that the medical field has not at this time fully understood. Otherwise known as toxic mold syndrome, or toxic mold disease, this greatly damaging mold reaction can cause not only physical changes but psychological ones as well. Besides the sneezing and coughing, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and more can afflict a person. Mold sensitivity is a legal term rather than a medical one, as doctors cannot definitively link the symptoms to mold exposure. It is related to “sick building syndrome,” in which case a certain environment, like an old office building, can inflict physical and psychological pain although the person does not seem sick.
No matter the case, a mold allergy, infection, or sensitivity need remediation through a thorough mold inspection and removal to restore health to the mind and body.
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