Dangers of Mold Exposure

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All of us in some way are familiar with mold. Whether it’s a picture we’ve seen online of a dilapidated house covered in green and black circular rings of fuzz, or just a little splotch of color on the side of a piece of cheese that has been sitting in the fridge too long, mold affects every one of us whether we like it or not. While most of us are familiar with mold on food or in damp areas usually affected by water damage, there are actually thousands of types of mold. Below we’ll briefly explore what mold is, how mold grows, and most importantly, why it’s dangerous. Most importantly, when you find you have a mold problem in your home or office, contact a mold remediation or removal specialist right away. Paint and bleach will merely mask the problem, and he longer you wait to completely de-mold the area, the more problems will arise, some which can be fatal. Trust an expert and call a mold specialist today.

What Is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungi that produces tiny spores to reproduce. While mold mainly looks the same to an untrained human eye, there are actually over 400,000 different types of mold. That’s a lot of mold! Yet the good thing is that of the almost half million different types of mold, only 100,000 even have names, and only 80, or 0.02% are suspected of causing any type of illness. Phew! The odds are on our side. That means that approximately 99.8% of all mold (most of which we can’t even see) isn’t harmful. In fact, mold is often used as antibiotics in medicines.

 

Mold Growth

Like all living things, mold sends its offspring in to the world where they seek to find a hospitable environment for reproduction. Once they find the ideal environment, they settle down, procreate, and continue the cycle of mold growth. Mold growth most commonly occurs in dark, warm, moist places where there is some source of food (millions of little particles in the air are constantly feeding the mold spores). Once again, like all living organisms, these elements provide the nurturing environment in which mold can growth: water, food, and heat. Unlike humans, a lack of light is also important, as it creates an even cozier environment in which the mold can grow. Porous surfaces, such as upholstery, drywall and food, are havens for mold spores to settle down, establish, and grow.

 

The Dangers of Mold Exposure

As established before, only approximately 0.02% of all molds are suspected of causing any type of illness. Unfortunately for us, these types of mold tend to be the ones most commonly found in our homes and offices. That’s why it is important that as soon as you discover mold in your house or begin to see mold start forming, contact a mold removal specialist right away.

Exposure to mold can cause a wide array of health problems. When mold reproduces, the spores spread throughout space, being carried mainly by the air that we breathe. With every breath we take, little spores enter in to our respiratory system. While most of these little spores are just cycled through the system and emitted when we breathe back out, some of them stay in our lungs. They eventually nestle in the small little porous holes inside our body and begin to reproduce. If the body cannot produce enough antibodies to kill the foreign mold antigens, they will continue to grow and you will become sick. Most often symptoms will be similar to that of a normal sickness: coughing, sneezing, stuffy nose, and headache. With modern antibiotics, (usually other molds) the mold dies and the sickness goes away.

If you don’t deal with the continual mold issue inside your home or office, the result can be much worse. The mold will continue to affect the air you breathe and can cause severe breathing problems such as asthma, as well as permanent respiratory infection or lung cancer. As with all disease, seniors, infants, and those with compromised immune systems are more at risk.

 

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