How quickly does mold cause health problems?

During the past couple weeks, we’ve blogged about how quickly mold can spread.  Another common question is how long people have until mold exposure makes them sick.  Unfortunately, there’s no one set answer or range of answers for this.  However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published this guide on the health effects of mold that can shed some light on the topic. This guide is meant for doctors and can be tough sledding, so we’ll pull out few useful points.

It’s hard to be specific about the health effects of mold because of the variety of different ways people react to it.  In general, mold will be more harmful to the very young, the very old, and those with compromised immune systems.  The guide presents the case study of a 1-month-old infant developing health problems, so that can tell you how quickly mold can act on one’s health.  Additionally, it can take a month or more to recover from mold exposure.

Another point made in the case studies is that once a person becomes sensitive to mold, it takes less exposure to create another reaction.  So, if you become sick from mold exposure, recover after the it’s been eliminated, and then re-exposed to mold, your symptoms can reappear quicker than they did the first time.

Although it’s hard to point to concrete figures, all the information points to the need to quickly respond to mold growth in your home.  Once again, any spills or leaks should be cleaned up within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.  If you notice mold growing, contact us right away.  We’ll assess the situation and figure out the best way to get rid of your mold problem.

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