Is It A Cold?… Or Mold?: How To Tell And What To Do Next (Part 1 of 2)

With warmer weather moving in, many fun and healthy outdoor activities will soon be able to be enjoyed by individuals and families all across the country. However, spring also brings with it an elevated risk of certain health hazards such as indoor mold infestation. Some types of mold commonly found in and around households can be considered little more than a nuisance and can be removed with a spray bottle of diluted bleach and a sponge. However, other types can cause very serious health problems, especially in individuals with preexisting conditions such as allergies, asthma, emphysema, and other respiratory problems.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the most dangerous type of mold to have in your home. Still, no type of mold is good to have around and all infestations should be dealt with correctly and promptly. It is important to know how to spot mold growth around the home and to be able to identify signs and symptoms of mold exposure in family members.

There are many different ways that mold allergy can manifest itself physically in humans. They range from mild allergy symptoms (scratchy eyes, stuffy nose, etc.) to severe and chronic upper respiratory infections and life threatening seizures. The more toxic the strain of mold you are exposed to and the higher the concentration and duration of exposure, the more severe the symptoms will be.

After exposure to mold, individuals may experience brittle nails, frequent nosebleeds, and even hair loss. Prolonged mold contact can even lead to cancer, anaphylaxis, reproductive organ complications, and major weight loss.

Scientists have been able to identify over one hundred different species of molds that exists within everyday living environments. Although not all molds are toxic, there are around fifteen species that have been proven to cause health problems in humans.

Doctors from all across the US have been reporting an increase in the number of patients with toxic mold related conditions. No one is sure as to what is causing this increase, but it is an undeniable fact that more people than ever are being affected by mold related health problems.

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  1. Certified Mold Inspections on

    The common side effects of mold include coughing and sneezing and can easy be misdiagnosed as the common cold or allergy. Short term exposure to black mold can cause a large variety of flu like symptoms ranging from stuffy nose and itchy eyes to skin rashes and nausea. If long term exposure to mold occurs the side effects can become deadly. Serious side effects include cancer, miscarriages, still births and even bleeding in the lungs. This serious bacteria is also known to cause athletes foot and jock itch which can be difficult if not impossible to treat and can be easily spread from human to human.

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