Health Risks Associated with Mold

Besides bills, another issue that you likely deal with as a homeowner is mold. Mold is a non-scientific term for various types of unwanted fungi found both indoors and outdoors. Mold requires moisture (wet spots) to thrive. Different places that mold grows in your home include:

  • Carpet
  • Ceiling Tile
  • Bath Tub
  • Wallboard
  • Attic
  • Air Ducts
  • Window Seal
  • Front-Loading Washing Machine
  • Refrigerator Drip Pan
  • Chimneys

Not only is mold unpleasant to look at, but unpleasant for your health as well. Here are two health risks associated with mold.

Problems Breathing

Catching your breath may be a problem with mold around. In fact, if you suffer from asthma, it could be because you were mostly within a mold-infested home as a child. In one study, it was discovered that children who lived in homes with higher levels of mold at age one were more likely than other children to have asthma by the age of seven. Several other health studies have concluded that respiratory issues and mold are heavily associated. While it is not for certain that asthma and other breathing problems are due to mold, it shines a light on how unhealthy it is to be around.

Allergic Reactions

Have you been dealing with any of the following allergic symptoms lately while at home or work?

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Cough and postnasal drip
  • Itchy eyes, nose and throat
  • Watery eyes
  • Dry, scaly skin

If yes, then it is a good possibility that your environment contains a high level of mold. Breathing in tiny, airborne mold can cause those aforementioned allergic reactions. Not every type of mold causes allergies. Some of the most common molds that cause allergies include alternaria, penicillium, aspergillus, and cladosporium.

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