Health Impact of Mold Contamination in Homes


Mold problems in homes are a common phenomenon. However, what separates you from being healthy when surfaces become infested by mold is how you handle the moisture content in surfaces where dampness is common. The existence of common mold remedies, for example, use of bleaches, soap, and water, may just go for a short while, but the severe health complications that mold cause to households is unmentionable. Also, mold keeps coming back due to regular floods, unrepaired sewer systems, and inefficient mold removal methods.

Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Mold exposure symptoms are often mistaken for allergies and fever related to sinus infections, cold, and flu among other common conditions. What people do is wait till they fall sick, to get to the root course of what is ailing them. Mold grows in the least expected places, where it is hard to spot them.


Common Symptoms

The following symptoms are most problematic to the sick, young, elderly and even pets or just anyone. The symptoms are also fever-like, hence aggravating your sensitivity to air-related allergies.

  • Sinus Congestion- It is an infection on the nasal passage, resulting in swelling and inflammation. It is treated through immunotherapy or allergy shots and decongestants. Severe sinus congestion may necessitate surgeries to remove the infection.
  • Coughing, sneezing and runny nose- Since the mold spores are airborne, they can easily be inhaled causing an irritation lining of the throat hence coughing. Excessive exposure results to pneumonia and bronchitis among other respiratory conditions.
  • Headaches and Migraines- Head pains and migraines may vary in severity, depending on how long an individual has been exposed to mold. Nevertheless, headaches are likely going to affect your daily life with excruciating pains leading to blurred vision, dizziness and fainting.
  • Shortness in Breathe- It is an inflammation of the lungs thanks to inhaled mold spores. It results in chest tightness, fever, and chills, fatigue, dry coughs, with long term exposure to mold leading to chronic fatigue and hypertensive pneumonitis.
  • Asthma attacks- Mold may aggravate this condition, resulting in the tightness of the chest, wheezing, and difficulty in getting enough air to your lungs.
  • Skin rash and skin paleness.
  • Depression and low concentration on your daily activities.

Symptoms in Pets

  • Skin rash
  • Sores on paws
  • Runny eyes and wheezing
  • Ear and eye infections
  • Uncontrolled sneezing
  • Excessive scratching throughout the body
  • Licking his paws or feet

It is important to know that the dangers of the mold may be aggravated by people with compromised immune systems. People with HIV/AIDS, those under chemotherapy and emphysema among other respiratory conditions are most affected by mold.

When to Test For Mold

First, a mold is easy to detect especially if you smell a musty odor in the home. Secondly, conduct a test for mold after recent flooding to eliminate any discovered mold in hidden places. Additionally, if any family member or pets depict mold-related health symptoms, for example, persistent sore throats, paleness of the skin and rashes, headaches and breathing problems, do not hesitate to carry out a mold test.

Of course, the best way to treat infected mold complications is by getting rid of the mold in the first place. You may be getting prescriptions from your physician, but the final remedy to these complications go down to reducing moisture content in most parts of your home, or less the mold keeps coming back.