Signs and Symptoms of Mold That May Put You At Risk


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What Signs of Mold Do Are You Experiencing?

Mold is a pervasive problem that can strike your home if the conditions are correct. Whether it appears as a result of pervasive dampness, a hidden water leak, flooding, or rotting food, our living environments can be a hotbed for fungi. Overexposure to mold can potentially cause chronic health issues and, in extreme cases, death.

Although certain kinds of mold are widely known to cause a variety of health complications, medical professionals provide treatment that help with the symptoms while not finding out the root cause. The only truly effective way to recover from mold-related illness is by leaving the affected environment until the problem has been well and truly removed. As the doctor can’t come to your home and search for the mold themselves, it’s important to be aware of the signs that indicate mold growth in your home or office, and the symptoms that accompany it.

Victims of mold exposure commonly experience respiratory problems, coughing, wheezing, breathlessness, stuffy nose, headaches, internal organ damage, nausea, mental impairment and are more susceptible to colds and sickness, you may have a mold problem that is affecting you.  Disorientation and slower reflexes may indicate that you are suffering from neurological damage due to prolonged exposure to mold.  In extreme cases, prolonged exposure to this kind of toxic mold can even be fatal.

Some signs of mold that can put you at risk are easy to find while others are very hidden.  Mold can produce a powdery or furry blue-green substance that are most likely to appear on food that has been stashed away in dark places, moist soil, or dead pot plants.  A more obvious sign of a mold problem in a home is visible mold spores on drywall or baseboard.  These mold colonies can be a mixture of colors in round splotchy formations ranging in colors from green, orange, black, grey, and red.  Other times, the smaller colonies appear as a green dusty surface.  Many times there will be a yellow water spot on the ceiling or wall from a leaky roof or wall.  Most of the time, these yellow or brown dry stains do not have mold growing, but should be repaired immediately so mold does not become a problem to this sensitive area.

If you suspect a mold problem search for signs of mold growth in dark damp areas.  Look under the carpet, in the closet, under beds, in corners, and behind furniture and finish carpentry.  For concerned mold cases, hire a professional.

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