Mold And Health Problems
Mold can cause serious health problems when it’s in your living or workplace.It is more likely to occur in climates with a lot of humidity or rain, because it is the moisture that makes a great growing environment for it.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends drying any wet areas within 24-48 hours to prevent its growth.
In addition to health problems, it can destroy the surface where it grows.This goes for walls, flooring, ceilings, furniture, etc.
In your body, mold spores are most commonly inhaled. Mold grows by releasing spores. These are too small to be seen by the naked eye, so we unfortunately inhale them into our lungs. We can also come into contact with mold through our skin. For example, you may touch a surface that has unseen mold on it and then later touch your face or an open sore where the mold can get inside your body.
The Signs That You Are Affected
There are many signs that shows that you are exposed and at risk.
Unexplained muscle pain that isn’t caused by strenuous activity is one sign of this illness. The muscle pain can be anywhere in the body. Muscle cramps and sharp, intense ‘pin prick’ pains have also been reported when people come into contact with mold.
Researchers studying this, found that homes that are damp also have an effect on the people living in them and their mood. There was a definite connection between home dampness, mold, and symptoms of depression. Mental illness and the connection to less-than-ideal living conditions is not surprising.
Nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, and a lack of appetite are some of the digestive signs of this illness. Although these symptoms might lead you to eat less and thus lose weight, weight gain is actually a possible sign of this illness.
Problems With Breathing
In a recent review of mold and medical illnesses, researchers named some of the respiratory diseases that are associated with this exposure, which include asthma, allergic rhinitis, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, sinusitis, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
Being unable to breathe deeply, struggling for air, coughing, wheezing, or sinus problems are all likely symptoms of this illnesses. Consult a medical professional if you have a concern about your potential exposure to mold.
Headaches And Eye Problems
Redness in your eyes, itchiness, or blurry vision may be related to mold illnesses. Some people are sensitive to mold as an allergen, which prompts their immune system to start working more when they are exposed to it.
If your symptoms are similar to hay fever or seasonal allergies and are accompanied by a headache and other symptoms , seek medical attention and explain your concerns to your doctor.
- excessive thirst
- needing to urinate more often due to drinking more
- weight gain
- metallic taste in your mouth
To prevent mold, fix any water leaks in your home. If there has been a source of water in the home and you are cleaning up, add ventilation from an exhaust fan, a regular circulating fan, or open window to let a breeze in and help dry and ventilate.
Frequently clean areas that are more susceptible to mold, like the areas around the shower, to keep it from reappearing. Your normal cleaning solution is fine to clean mold. You may want to wear a cloth over your nose and mouth if you are cleaning a moldy place to make sure that you aren’t being exposed to more of the bad stuff than you need to be.
If there has been significant water damage to your home, mold may need to be removed by a remediation specialist who can help clean the home. Porous materials like fabric or carpet will have to be thrown away if they cannot be washed.
Be careful and look around you!