How Does Mold Affect Your Health?

How Does Mold Affect Your Health?

We all know mold is gross, and we don’t want to go near it. But what if we find it in our homes, the first question is how does this mold affect my health? We spend the most time in our homes, more than work, or anywhere else we go. Which is why it’s important to keep your home as safe to your health as you possibly can.

Mold & your lungs

Most commonly mold gets inhaled. When mold does go into your lungs it can make your lungs become inflamed. Some of the ways to tell, and the symptoms, are coughing, wheezing, congestion, and your chest can feel tight. As you stay around mold and continue to breathe it in, you can develop conditions such as asthma with prolonged exposure to mold on a daily basis.

Mold & allergies

If you are allergic to mold, your symptoms will be worse than someone who isn’t. If there is mold in a home and only one person is allergic – it can be perceived as that person being sick because they are more sensitive to the mold, and other’s symptoms of being in mold haven’t developed yet. If you suspect a mold allergy, the best thing to do is to get tested with a skin or blood test to confirm. Once it is confirmed, it is important to minimalize the mold opportunities in your home, starting off with decreasing moisture. And get regular mold inspections.

Mold & your immune system

Long exposure to mold can make the healthiest person’s immune system weaken, although most people who have already weakened immune systems are more prone to the types of infections caused by mold. Most of those appear in your sinuses or in your digestive track.

Protecting yourself against mold

  • Keep moisture to a minimal.
  • If an area gets wet, clean and dry it up immediately
  • Make sure your home has proper ventilation.
  • Clean your bathroom frequently as this is a common place mold starts.
  • If you find mold on fabric, toss it.

If you find mold the best thing to do is to get rid of it before it gets worse. If you are concerned, feel free to give us a call, we offer free consultation and want you to be safe in your home! Let us know how we can assist you in getting any mold out of your home.

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