Updated: Mar 16
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 is no secret that mold likes to grow in our homes. Usually you can find it growing in your shower when you’ve forgotten to clean it. If you’ve ever had water damage, you’ve likely had to deal with mold around that as well. You may have lived in a house with mold in it before and “it never bothered you,” so it seems easier to just leave it be than to have to pay for removing it. However, mold isn’t always a harmless nuisance we can afford to forget about. It may actually be affecting your health permanently!
What are the symptoms of mold?
The first step to knowing if mold is affecting your health is to know what symptoms are. There are different kinds of mold that cause different symptoms. It is important to note that there are some people that can live in a house with mold in it for years and never feel any symptoms. If you or someone in your family has allergies, asthma, or immune suppression, they will tend to be more sensitive to mold and have a more severe reaction.
The most common symptoms are similar to seasonal allergies: stuffy nose, wheezing, red or itchy eyes, and itchy skin. More severe reactions can include a fever and shortness of breath. The most severe symptoms associated with certain types of mold are bloody noses, memory loss, muscle aches, and depression. If you have any of these severe symptoms, you need to get out of your home right away and start the mold remediation process.
What are the common types of mold?
Different types of mold have different symptoms. Some molds are fairly “harmless” while others can cause serious health issues if you are exposed to them. Here’s a short list of some of the most common and dangerous molds found.
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 the large number of species of this kind of mold, the symptoms range from lung infections to more deadly carcinogen.
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 you have mold in your home, it’s important to know if it could be affecting you or your family’s health. Having dealt with all kinds of mold, we know a home can’t be healthy if there is mold present or if your home is an environment where mold likes to grow.
If you are getting sick, have symptoms, or suspect that there may be mold in your house, it isn’t worth betting your health on it. Give us a call at 309.418.9511 and we’d be happy to schedule an inspection so both you, and your home, can be healthy!