Mold is a massive issue for homeowners. Unfortunately, many have no idea what to look for. The truth is, mold can grow anywhere. You can find it in the dry wall, the shower curtain, even your plants! Mold releases spores and cause allergies and asthma attacks. One study found that the air quality in a room with a Christmas tree dropped by over 50% in just two weeks.
Types Of Mold
There are over 1,000 different kinds of mold that can grow in your house. They're classified according to their effect on living things.
Toxigenic molds produce mycotoxins. Mycotoxins have been shown to be linked with immunosuppression and cancer. You can be infected by this mold by eating, inhaling, or even just touching it.
These molds aren't nearly as dangerous. They agitate asthma and allergies. Kids are more likely to be affected by it.
Pathogenic molds cause infection. This is especially dangerous to someone with a compromised immune system. People who are exposed to these molds are often found to suffer from an acute response similar to bacterial pneumonia.
The Five Most Common Household Molds:
- Penicillium: Commonly found on wallpaper, fabric, and in air conditioning vents, penicillium causes allergies and agitates asthma. And yes, if you were wondering, penicillin is synthesized from this mold.
- Stachybotrys: This mold is known as "black mold." It is very toxic and EXTREMELY dangerous. Stachybotrys can cause bleeding in the lungs and breathing problems. This is the "rarest" of the five most common molds, but something to be aware of. This mold is found most frequently on wood or paper products.
- Cladosporium: This mold usually grows outdoors, but can find its way into your home. You'll find it most often on wood, textiles, and porous materials.
- Alternaria: This is the least dangerous of the bunch. This mold is found in your body and can cause allergies.
- Aspergillus: This mold likes warm, damn spaces. It produces mycotoxins which can cause a lung infection.
What Is A Mold Illness?
Mold illness can cause a wide array of health problems. Allergies might be the most well-known, but there are several other dangers to mold exposure. It can cause infections, reactions, skin infections, and it can even lead to pneumonia.
According to the author of Surviving Mold: Life in the Era of Dangerous Buildings, mold toxicity can cause Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome, or CIRS.
“an acute and chronic, systemic inflammatory response acquired following exposure to the interior environment of a water-damaged building with resident toxigenic organisms, including, but not limited to fungi, bacteria, actinomycetes, and Mycobacterium as well as inflammagens…”
11 Signs Of A Mold Illness:
- Memory issues
- Brain fog
- Aches and pains in the joins
- Nerve pain
- Sensitivity to light
- Shortness of breath
- Change in appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Metallic taste
- Excessive thirst
- Night sweats
- Increased urination
How has mold affected you? Watch the video below to learn more about protecting yourself.