Updated: Dec 21, 2022
Is it really a problem if there is mold in my home? Will mold make me sick? We get asked these types of questions a lot at Healthy Homes and while there are some types of mold that are less of a risk, mold can cause you to get sick or worse!
It's no surprise that mold loves to take up residence in our homes, often found growing where water is present like the shower or an area of past water damage. We may brush off this growth as harmless and ignore it completely since removing can be costly - but it might actually do more harm than we realize! Mold has been linked to serious health issues over long periods of time, so while you might never notice any negative effects right away, better safe than sorry: regularly inspect your home for signs of mold.
What are the symptoms of mold?
Your health can be greatly impacted by the presence of mold in your home. Symptoms may vary depending on which type of mold is present, but some people never notice them even when living with it for years! Allergy sufferers and those with asthma or weakened immune systems will likely feel a more pronounced reaction to this fungus, so staying vigilant about monitoring symptoms is crucial if they are at risk.
Have you been experiencing common allergy symptoms like a runny nose and watery eyes? These might be due to mold growing in your home. More serious reactions involve nausea, fever, chest pain, memory loss, or even depression - which should never be ignored! If it's severe enough that it disrupts your daily life then seek professional assistance for both evacuation from the affected area and immediate mold remediation services.
What are the common types of mold?
Toxic molds come in various forms, each posing its own unique health risks. Knowing the signs of these common and potentially harmful molds is key to staying safe from their consequences. From black mold lurking behind walls or ceiling tiles, to pink patches growing on bathroom ceilings – there are several types that you should look out for!
ALTERNARIA - This is the most common form of allergenic mold. It can grow wherever there is moisture and is usually found below sinks, in showers, or around bathtubs.
Symptoms: Asthma-like symptoms
ASPERGILLUS - This type of mold can likely be found in every house. It has over 185 species of mold within this category and can grow on most surfaces.
Symptoms: Due to a large number of species of this kind of mold, the symptoms range from lung infections to more deadly carcinogens.
CHAETOMIUM - Caused by water damage.
Symptoms: Tends to cause skin and nail infections
FUSARIUM - This is another type of mold that grows as a result of water damage. It tends to grow in fabrics and other materials.
Symptoms: Sore throat, runny nose, and sneezing
Severe Symptoms: Bone infections or brain abscess.
STACHYBOTRYS - Also known as “black mold” and “toxic mold.” This grows in areas that have been damp, wet, and have high humidity for a long period of time. It can grow on wood, cardboard, wicker, and cardboard.
Symptoms: Persistent cough, nose bleeds, fever, headaches.
This type of mold can be particularly dangerous for children.
If your home has mold, it's essential to consider the health implications for you and your family. We understand that mold can really hurt a household environment - not only is it hard to remove but also hazardous if left untreated. Assess whether or not this could be an issue in yours so as to keep everyone safe!
Don't gamble with your health! If you're feeling under the weather or suspect a mold issue in your house, don't wait to take action. Give us a call and we'll come out for an inspection so both you and your house can regain their strength. Dial (309) 418-9511 today!