Harmful Effects of Toxic Mold

Many people underestimate exposure to molds. Mold exposure can not  only cause  environmental issues, prolonged exposure can also lead to several health complications. Depending on the location, duration of exposure and individual, the type and severity of health complications may vary. Understanding and knowing the symptoms and complications linked to mold exposure can further emphasize addressing the problem immediately.

General Symptoms

The extent of mold infestation is difficult to predict therefore you should consider hiring a professional mold inspector to determine the types of mold and recommendations for removing the mold. Here are some general symptoms individuals can look out for to tell whether there is mold infestation – these symptoms also indicate the need to address the situation already. General symptoms of exposure to indoor molds include:

  • Nasal and sinus congestion
  • Chest tightness
  • Cough/sore throat
  • Difficulty in breathing which can lead to wheezing
  • Asthma
  • Headache
  • Skin and eye irritation
  • Upper respiratory tract infections

Generally, long-term exposure endangers anyone although there are certain groups of people who develop graver symptoms sooner compared to others. These people include:

  • Elderly people
  • Infants and children
  • Individuals already diagnosed with respiratory problems, asthma and allergies
  • People with immune problems
  • Pregnant women

Severe Effects

There are types of indoor molds capable of releasing incredibly potent toxins such as mycotoxins. These toxins can be inhaled or ingested as they are microscopic and air borne. Different parts of the body like skin, airways and intestinal lining readily absorb the toxin. Mycotoxins, often found in fungal spores, can cause severe effects starting from short-term irritation to different immune problems as well as cancer. Other health issues associated with exposure to mycotoxins include:

  • Cancer – molds link to or may come with aflatoxins. Aflatoxins are also known as human carcinogen.
  • Pulmonary fibrosis/hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • Pulmonary injury (bleeding)
  • Immunologic and hematologic disorders
  • Neurotoxicity
  • Endocrine, hepatic and renal toxicities
  • Cardiac conditions
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Pregnancy complications

Amidst the health complications presented, researchers have not fully established the amount of airborne exposure levels corresponding to specific health complications. Studies are continually ongoing to completely identify the specific levels of mold exposure causing the mentioned complications. This does not mean that people should not address the problem when it presents itself. In order to avoid symptoms and other complications, it is best to prevent mold exposure from happening.  Visit for a complete list of articles and videos regarding your indoor air quality.


Preventing and Limiting Mold Exposure

Avoiding mold exposure is the best solution to potential health problems. If the person is not exposed to molds then complications will not arise. Identifying and eliminating molds usually require professional assistance. It is essential to consult a mold expert because there are mold infestation cases impossible to identify without the right tools and knowledge. Checking for license and certification of the company or person should tell whether they can handle the mold situation or not. On the other hand, experts advise people to constantly clean their surroundings to minimize chances of mold development. Keeping things and spaces dry also significantly reduces the risk of mold infestation.

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