Health Effects Of Long Term Mold Exposure

It is now estimated that nearly 24 million people here in the US suffer the ill effects of exposure to mold in one form or another. Learn about the symptoms of mold poisoning and what you can do to prevent it. Preventing mold allergies and exposure is key.

Toxic Black Mold: Symptoms of Black Mold Poisoning

Mildew or mold (a type of fungi), which is found in damp environment can have serious effect on human health. Every year thousands of people suffer from black mold poisoning. Let us understand and learn important steps needed to be followed in case of mold poisoning.

Black Mold
Mildew or mold (also known as black mold or toxic mold) is a type of fungi that develops and grows on surfaces in the form of powdery or downy substance.

Humid/damp surfaces in combination with a very moderate temperature and sufficient amount of light provide the best conditions for mold growth.

The toxic mold grows on walls, wood, clothes, food, carpets or any article such sofa (made of leather) etc. The mold growth is not confined only to walls, clothes and surfaces of furniture, it also can grow inside the equipment like air conditioners, HVAC systems etc.

The humidity level/dampness (which is the most important factor for mold growth) on the various surfaces is caused due to many conditions such as leak in the surface causing water to drip and form a damp surface, sufficient humidity in surrounding environment, condensation phenomenon etc.

Look For The Signs Of Mold And Get Rid Of It

  • Moisture on the surfaces: Moisture or dampness on surfaces (of wall, wood, clothes etc.) can be treated as very first sign of mold growth (although moisture does not mean mold formation and growth, it is a very important condition for mold formation).
  • Stains on the wall: Yellowish stains on the wall caused due to moisture helps initial growth of mold. Look out for the greenish, blackish or brownish colored patches on the damp wall that characterizes mold growth.
  • Odor: Mildew or musty odors is one of the most prominent sign of mold growth. If you experience a musty odor near damp/humid surfaces, you should look out for the other signs of mold growth.
  • Respiratory system response in the people: If you or anyone staying in the house is hypersensitive to change in surrounding environmental conditions and experience some kind of allergic reaction or respiratory system related problems when you/the person is inside the house, then in that case there is a possibility of high mold growth.
  • Poisoning due to mold: Poisoning due to the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) formed by mold is one of the most prominent sign of potential mold growth.

Black Mold Poisoning

After mold formation, it needs nutrition to grow, which it obtains by degrading the surface it is growing on. During the process of degrading surface for nutrition, mold causes formation of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). These VOCs are harmful to human respiratory and nervous systems.

If a person is subjected to high exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds formed by mold, it affects human respiratory and central nervous systems and causes irritation to mucous membranes.

Health Effects Of Long Term Mold Exposure – The Symptoms Of Black Mold Poisoning:

  • Uneasiness in respiration
  • Headaches
  • Cough
  • Red eyes
  • Development of rashes and hives on skin
  • Nausea
  • Memory loss
  • In some cases, people experience bleeding in lungs
  • Lethargy
  • Dizziness
  • Lack in concentration
  • Problem caused due to irritation in mucous membranes
  • Asthma
  • Allergic reactions (such as itching of nose, runny nose etc.) of respiratory and/or nervous system etc
  • Irregularity in blood pressure
  • Damaged digestion and respiratory system
  • Infections of urinary track, problems in urination etc.
  • Pain in liver and other internal organs
  • High level or prolonged exposure to mold can lead to infertility in the patient

How Can Mold Be Controlled? Tips!

If you you are a mold sufferer and need to get rid of the mold in your home without expensive remediation costs, a serious mold removal plan will help.

  • Moisture is one of the most important factor for the growth of mold. By making it sure that the level of moisture is under check you can keep molds at bay. (Relative humidity i.e. RH can help in finding out when you need to dehumidify your building/house)
  • If there is any water leakage/intrusion, pipe leak, roof leak, condensation problem etc; it should be prevented first.
  • Ensure the air conditioners, HVAC systems, and air/ventilation ducts are clean. Normally mold formed in these systems are more dangerous as it easily escapes the human eye inspection.
  • Bathrooms are the most prone places for mold formation and growth. The tiles, curtains and appliances inside the bathrooms should be properly cleaned or removed in order to avoid mold formation.
  • Use air purifiers to cleanse the air inside your house. Qualty HEPA Air purifiers can help in reducing the airborne particles of mold spores.
  • Now a day, there are many paints/anti mold products available in market that can resist moisture and/or mold at certain level. Using such products can also help in prevention of mold.

By Nilesh Parekh
Published: 4/11/2007Suffer From Mold Related Allergies? Find Help Here

When you are sensitive to specific allergens, like mold, pollen or animal dander, reducing or eliminating them from your home environment is one of the most important keys to symptom relief.

The How Of Child Mold Allergies

If you have a child suffering from allergies in your home (or in a building they frequent), and you are looking for the cause of your child’s allergies, you may need to look at the possibility of a child mold allergy

My Rants & Raves: Mold

So, it was brought to my attention today that I need to be aware of mold poisoning. I have been so sick lately. I just chalked it up to seeing pt’s that were sick at work, and then when I got pregnant it seemed like everything got worse.

Tips for Mold Allergies

Are your allergies acting up year-round? If so, it might be that mold has taken up residence in your home.

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    Black Mold is serious and if you have mold in your home please get someone in to get rid of it. We had it growing in our shower behind the tiles. It was disgusting and smelled very musty. The removal process was far from scary the guy that tore our bathroom apart had on a mask, gloves, boots and an entire suit. He was extremely careful with its removal. You need to make sure it is all gone or it will be back. Thanks for the great information as the health effects can get very serious.

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