Monday, July 15th, 2013
Molds produce irritating substances that may act as allergens (allergy-causing substances). Some molds produce toxic substances. It may cause health effects, or lead to symptoms in people who are sensitive to molds.
Allergic reactions to mold are the most common health effects of mold. Allergic reactions may happen immediately or develop after a period of time following exposure. Both growing mold and mold spores may lead to allergic reactions. Symptoms of mold allergy may include sneezing, runny nose, coughing, wheezing, tearing and redness of the eyes, and skin irritation or rash. Asthma attacks may be caused by mold or mold spores in people who have asthma and are allergic to mold. Even in some non-allergic individuals, mold can irritate the eyes, skin, and airways.
In some cases, people may develop severe reactions to mold exposure. Symptoms of severe reactions include fever and difficulty breathing. People with compromised immune systems or those with chronic lung disease can develop serious infections of the lungs due to molds.
One cannot predict the degree of severity of the health risks associated with mold in the home. Reactions vary in their degree based on each individual's susceptibility to the mold, and the risk may also depend upon the extent and exact type of mold that is present.
In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheezing in otherwise healthy people. Mold was linked to the worsening of asthma symptoms in people who have asthma.
The best advice is to have your crawl space inspected for mold and if visible, invest in having it remediated and fogged. After all you and your family deserve a healthy environment for living and it will save on your medical bills and pay for itself in the long run. Call 828-817-5380 for a free inspection/quote.
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