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Mold And Your Physical Health: Understanding The Risks

admin / February 19, 2017

Mold growth can take on many forms including fuzzy white patches along baseboards as well as black spots that look slimy inside a shower curtain. Even areas of a kitchen can accumulate a slick orange film that is unmistakably a type of household mold that is unsightly and clearly unhealthy. In fact, many people become sick each year because of household mold and the asthma or allergies that it can cause. Exposure to mold can irritate the nose, skin, eyes, lungs and throat.

Extreme Cases Of Mold Exposure

Those who are most at risk to the negative health effects of mold exposure can experience runny nose, sneezing, skin rash and even red eyes. These health issues can be caused by mold spore contact that results from touching, inhaling or coming into contact with it in some way or another. In more extreme cases of mold exposure, an individual can experience severe reactions that include asthma attacks as well as shortness of breath. Experts who deal with mold regularly would agree that infants, children and the elderly are typically most at risk.

Moist Humid Environments

In addition, those with compromised immune systems or who may be undergoing chemotherapy are considered high risk in terms of mold exposure. Others with chronic lung disease, cancer or liver disease as well as a variety of serious infections can also be more susceptible to the hazards of being exposed to mold. Typically speaking, mold thrives in moist humid environments and reproduces by way of tiny microscopic spores that move through the air. In truth, everyone is exposed to mold on a daily basis.

Significant Health Related Problems

When mold spores are encountered in insignificantly small amounts, they are for the most part harmless. However, when they become exposed to dampness, humidity or moisture in your home they will begin to grow quickly. As mold grows, it can release more spores spreading yet more mold throughout your home. This can further increase the negative health effects of inhaling mold and mold spores. Anyone who is sensitive to mold and inhales large quantities of spores can expect some type of significant health related problems. Have a Maple Ridge mold inspection and see your doctor if you are concerned that you have been exposed to mold.

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