Mold Health Effects

Mold Health Effects

Learn why you need to make sure your environment is mold free!

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Since most of us spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, we want to feel our home and office are healthy and safe places to live and work. But the truth is…mold is everywhere. Thousands of different molds can contaminate indoor air quality and cause a multitude of health problems associated with mold and mold spores.  The most common concerns are about black mold health effects and the many types of black mold health problems.

Airborne toxic mold spores spreading throughout indoor environments can affect the immune system, nervous system, liver, kidney, blood – and can even harm the brain! While some molds are more hazardous than others, all indoor molds and other fungi present potential health risks and should be addressed immediately.

Some people can live in moldy environments for years without experiencing any physical symptoms, while others have immediate and sometimes severe reactions that are associated with toxic mold. The most common response to mold exposure may be allergies. Any illness or disease caused by toxic mold can become chronic with extended exposure. Individuals most likely to contract some form of mold-related illness or disease are those who already have some kind of compromised immune system, such as…

  • Infants whose immune systems are not fully developed
  • The elderly whose immune systems are simply worn out
  • AIDS, cancer, and chemotherapy patients
  • Persons recovering from recent surgery
  • People with sinus conditions and other allergies
  • Pregnant women
  • People with asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, and other respiratory ailments

Symptoms of Mold Exposure

The extent of symptoms depends on one’s sensitivity. A wide variety of reactions are attributed to the toxic effects of mold, including:

  • Chronic clogged throat
  • Wheezing and cough
  • Nose and throat irritation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or uncontrollable vomiting
  • Skin irritation
  • Persistent cold-like or flu-like symptoms
  • Burning, itching, watering eyes
  • Dizziness
  • Tremors
  • Heart palpitations
  • Aggravation of asthma
  • Exhaustion after routine activity
  • Serious swelling of legs, ankles, and feet
  • Serious swelling in the torso or stomach
  • Prolonged muscle cramps and joint pain

Other less common effects are…

  • Nervous system problems (headaches, memory loss, moodiness)
  • Aches and pains
  • Fever
  • Unexplained chronic fatigue

If you believe you might be living in a mold contaminated environment and fit into any of the susceptibility categories associated with mold, or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with mold exposure, you should see your physician for a medical evaluation and possibly a referral to a practitioner who specializes in occupational/environmental medicine.