Whenever we see mold on something we are about to eat, we immediately become horrified. For example, if we see it on bread or cheese, our first instinct is to toss the food. However, when it comes to mold in their home, many people are surprisingly unworried. Perhaps like weeds, people feel that mold is almost a given in any home. And yet weeds, while aesthetic unpleasing, do not harm us in their prevalence. Mold has a far more insidious reach. Like high blood pressure, it is a silent danger.
Even if you don’t come into physical contact with the mold, it can still affect you. A number of different types of mold, especially forms of black mold, release airborne spores known as mycotoxins, which can enter the human body through the respiratory system and cause a number of adverse health effects.
You do not have to be allergic to mold to be affected by it. Different people have different reactions to mold but the irritation factor can affect nearly everyone, in the form of:
- Itchy eyes
- Sore throat
- Skin irritation
- Allergic reactions
Uncomfortable as it is, it’s particularly difficult with somebody whose immune system is already compromised. Mycotoxins can trigger a great deal of symptoms, some of them potentially very dangerous. Allergic reactions from mold include:
- Sinus congestion/sinusitis
- Difficulty breathing/dyspnea
- Tightness in the chest
- Upper respiratory infections
Health Problem Exacerbation
This is aimed at people that may not necessarily have an allergy, but are already dealing with health issues. Mold easily elevates existing health problems. Anyone who has respiratory issues is at high risk in any setting with mold. Asthma can worsen to a large extent, even to the point of being potentially life-threatening.
Persons with pneumonia, an already compromised system, find that their respiratory illness is made worse by mold. In addition, those who suffer from immune disorders can also be more vulnerable, as brief exposure to mold can trigger a sickness known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, a sister illness to pneumonia that is only caused by mold and is difficult to treat.
Development of Asthma
Mold can cause asthma in an otherwise healthy person. Asthma is a chronic condition that you cannot get rid of, so it is crucial to present it from happening in the first place.
Finally, though it is less likely, mold can and has killed people. Prolonged exposure to mycotoxins can cause potentially deadly illnesses, such as:
- Pulmonary hemorrhage
- Hematologic disorders
- Gastrointestinal or cardiac issues
At Bona Fide Home Inspection, we aim to find mold and take measures to destroy it before you ever even move into your home.