Mold and Your Health
Is Mold Bad for Your Health?
Can mold affect my health?
Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with serious allergies to molds, may
have more severe reactions. Severe reactions may occur among workers
exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers
working around moldy hay.
Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive
lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs.
You are exposed to some mold every day, usually by touching, eating or
breathing it. When mold is growing on a surface, spores can be released
into the air where they can be easily inhaled. A person who ingests or
inhales a large number of spores may suffer adverse health effects.
What health effects can be caused by exposure to mold?
Exposure to any mold could cause health effects (e.g., allergic symptoms such as watery eyes, a runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, itching, coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, headache and fatigue) under the right conditions. Similarly, the same amount of mold may cause health effects in one person, but not in another, because some people are more sensitive to molds than others.
infants and children elderly persons, immune compromised patients (i.e. people with HIV infection, cancer, liver disease, etc., or who are
under-going chemotherapy)individuals with existing respiratory conditions, such as allergies, COPD, and asthma.
Should I be concerned about mold in my home?
When airborne mold spores are present in large numbers, they can cause skin
irritation, allergic reactions, asthma episodes, infections and other respiratory problems for people. Exposure to high spore levels can cause
the development of an allergy to the mold. Mold also can cause structural damage to your home.
Read more about mold and how it is detrimental to you and your loved one’s health and well being…