Today I write about mold and it’s affects on health. Yes, that green stuff that grows in moisture, that the majority of us think nothing about, and most times do not even realize may be in the walls of our homes or work. Mold is not typically thought of as an indoor pollutant, or pollutant of any kind for that matter. However mold exposure can be toxic to our health and can create many serious side effects and health conditions. I touch the subject of mold because a dear friend recently realized that the severe health problems she was having were from mold that sat in the walls of her home, which was a brand new build. A friend that has a water damage company in Phoenix, AZ, came out and inspected her home and sure enough found it at high levels. He informed her of the danger of mold and the symptoms. She began seeking care for toxic mold exposure and is in law suit with the builder.
Being this is a wellness forum, I want to bring awareness to the host of problems exposure to mold brings about, and especially because most people are unaware of the danger it poses on health.
So What is Mold? Mold is a type of fungus.
Molds fall into three groups:
Allergenic Molds, Toxigenic Molds, and Pathogenic Molds. The mold category to be concerned with is Toxigenic molds. These olds produce mycotoxins (chemical toxins), which negatively affect the health of most anyone.
Mold Exposure Symptoms-mold can effect many systems of the body, therefore the range, type, and severity of symptoms differ.
Fatigue, itchy skin, joint pain, body aches, appetite swings, mood swings, morning stiffness, sinus issues, numbness, vertigo, shortness of breath, sweats (night sweats), abdominal issues, body tremors, concentration issues, muscle cramps, light sensitivity, neurological symptoms.
If you have several of these symtoms, it may be time to do a thorough investigation of your home or work space. Mold can be anywhere as long as there is oxygen and moisture. Mold spores are strong and withstand a “drought” or period of dryness, lying dormant for a long time, until favorable conditions return. There are types of mold that can thrive in wood, tiles, fabrics, leather, furniture, carpets, and paper. There are different types of molds and many adverse health effects that never get diagnosed properly. Mold can have different effects on people.
What to do if you think you may be exposed to toxic mold:
- Recognize your symptoms. If you are unsure, it’s best to check for mold exposure.
- Seek a professional mold remediation company to test for mold. Make sure to do you homework on the chosen professional. There is a proper way to get rid of detected mold. If you are in Arizona we recommend Phoenix Water Damage. Great professional company.
- Seek Medical attention. Have them test you for mold exposure.
- Make sure the mold is removed and avoid mold toxins.
The best way to get more information is to read about it on the internet. The internet is a powerful tool today to help you find all of the information and resources you need. Please seek the proper assistance if you, a family, or friend think they may be exposed to mold. Some may just be allergies to mold, while other types of exposure can be fatal.