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Health Risks Associated With Mold Exposure

Mold isn’t just unattractive, it smells. And even worse, mold can endanger your health. Whether you touch it, eat it or simply breathe it, you run the risk of having an adverse reaction. And, depending on your personal sensitivity and the type of mold, that reaction can be severe – or even deadly.

Infants, older adults and those with compromised immune systems tend to be especially sensitive to mold. And if you happen to be one of the many people who are allergic to mold, it may not even matter whether the mold you encounter is considered to be infectious or toxic. Simply being exposed to any type of mold can cause

  • Asthma
  • Congestion
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sore Throat
  • Itchy, Watery Eyes
  • Skin Rashes

Unfortunately, being allergic to mold is the least of the health concerns associated with mold exposure. If the mold you encounter happens to be a toxic variety, then you are at risk for a number of severe health reactions even if you aren’t allergic to mold. You run the risk of experiencing

  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Joint Pain
  • Irritated Eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Skin Rashes
  • Unusual Bleeding
  • Severe Swelling
  • Organ Damage
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Nervous System Damage
  • Brain Damage
  • Death

The reality is that all molds present a potential health risk. If you see signs of indoor mold growth, you should take steps immediately to eradicate the mold, and if you believe that the mold may have spread beyond a small, easily cleaned area, you would be wise to consult a professional. Remember, when it comes to mold, you may be risking your health.

This entry was posted on Friday, May 21st, 2010 at 12:49 pm. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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