The risks of mold upon our health  

 

The existence of mold in everyone’s houses is quite hard to avoid. Yet, there are methods to prevent it and even more methods to get rid of it. But one question needs to be raised: do you know how many health implications mold has? Have you experienced lately a lot of allergies that won’t seem to go away any sooner? Then you might be a victim of mold long exposure. Although it may sound quite extreme, suffering from diseases and affections caused by mold is not exactly what you want to hear from your doctor. This is why you need to contact air quality testing services periodically to make sure the environment you live in is safe and doesn’t need any purifications. Since nowadays is almost impossible to breath perfectly clean air, here are the main health implications of mold and other unwanted guests:

Coughing

The first thing you may be observing in the long run exposure to mold is coughing. People who breathe the air infested with mold spores tend to cough a lot given the irritant substances from the mold composition. Some mold types are poisonous, some of them are toxic and they release mycotoxins, organisms which are extremely dangerous for the human body. If you happen to experience an extreme coughing that doesn’t seem to have any cause rather than the simple air you are breathing, then you might have exposed yourself to an environment infested with mold spores. Inhaling them will cause the coughing right away, even though you may not realize immediately what the cause is. Try ventilating the air as much as possible and don’t forget to crack a window if the weather allows you. In the case that once you started to let fresh air in the coughing reduced, then you should know what the cause might’ve been. Check out the air quality in your home before it’s too late and you are forced to set an appointment with your doctor.  

Throat irritation

The respiratory system will be all affected by mold spores. Throat is just one of the several sections of the human respiratory system that will be irritated. A sore throat without no logical explanation should make you check the air quality in your living space. This is one of the most serious signs something is wrong with the air you are breathing. Not treating this affection caused by mold may lead to complications such as developing certain allergies, infection, hypersensitivity, organ damage and so on. There are cases that ended up with death, so mold is not as inoffensive as you may have thought. Taking care of the implications is essential for a healthy lifestyle and there’s no room for avoiding solving this problem.

Noisy breathing

Usually, with a noisy breathing comes a hoarse voice. If you happen to experience these two together it may be the beginning of a common cold, bronchitis or even asthma. There is a great number of diseases and affections related to noisy breathing and hoarse voice and you cannot know precisely what you are suffering from until you see a specialist. Mold can be a trigger for their appearance and the first thing that you will be experiencing is a change in the tone of your voice, along with a sore throat, a different type of breathing, a runny nose, headaches and the list can go on and on. Seems scary, right? That’s exactly why you need to make sure you get rid of mold and humidity in your house and start ventilating and constantly changing the air you are breathing.

Chest pain

The respiratory system problems will end up in chest pain. This is the most difficult to bare affection, given the fact that is extremely uncomfortable and trouble-causing. Chest pain can randomly appear due to the inflammation in the lungs and throat. Mold spores can cause irritation and even infections if not removed from the air you are breathing in time. When chest pain occurs, it means that the person already spent some time exposing themselves to mold or high humidity environments. Getting rid of this sort of pain can be done with medications. Experiencing it will require an urgent appointment with your doctor who will tell what to do next. Not treating and simply ignoring such a symptom can lead to serious complications.

Eye redness

Eye redness is often related to allergies of all kinds. Mold can produce allergies too and the symptoms can include all the aforementioned ones. Mold can also be found outside, but it’s unlikely to persist given the fact that it is in an open space with low humidity. The potential source of mold that triggers allergies should be followed and necessarily removed. Mold spores can be removed from the face and any other exposed skin areas with the help of saline solutions and water. Avoiding allergies, keeping in mind they require medical treatment at all times or can result in greater complications, can be done by regularly cleaning areas where mold usually tends to form (like garbage cans, refrigerators, gutters etc.) and by using exhaust fans and dehumidifiers indoors.

Rashes

Mold spores can also trigger rashes or other skin affections that can seriously harm you. Although it can start as an allergy too, a rash or even the appearance of hives can be triggered by direct contact with the mold spores. The human body immune system tends to overreact to the substance contained by mold, resulting in skin breakouts that can’t be easily treated. By producing extremely large quantities of antibodies in order to destroy the substance that is seen as dangerous for the body, the skin tends to get irritated, swollen and red. This irritation or swelling of the tissue can be encountered on the inside of the throat too which can lead to grave consequences and even death due to the impossibility to breathe normally.