Mold is typically associated with dark and damp basements, not necessarily health risks. These fungi spread through spore formation, causing unsuspecting humans to inhale the spores. Coughing or wheezing from mold exposure can easily be overlooked as having a cold, but in reality, these symptoms are nothing to ignore. Not sure what mold health risks can be? Keep reading to learn more.
Mold is a foreign molecule to the body, triggering the immune system and allergic reactions. Adverse reactions to mold can be intense for some people, but barely noticeable for others. Asthma sufferers need to be especially careful because their lungs are already hypersensitive. Symptoms of mold allergies often reside in the lungs with coughing, wheezing, or difficulty breathing. Frequent sneezing can also be triggered by mold spores. Mold spores are microscopic and can be difficult to find until the growth is large enough to be visible on walls, furniture, or carpet.
There are several types of mold that can cause health risks, but black mold is the deadliest. Black mold spores spread quickly through air and surfaces by feeding on organic molecules in fabric, wood, and plastic. Black mold toxicity causes similar symptoms to allergies, especially with the lungs. These toxic molecules can degrade mucous membranes in the nose and throat, removing protective barriers. As your mucous membranes decrease, other harmful bacteria and viruses can then enter the body. Other symptoms include headaches and skin rashes. Black mold sickness can get serious quickly, so routinely checking for mold in your home is crucial.
When mold infestation is widespread, the spores can be ingested with the food and beverages you consume. Leaky pipes provide openings that even the tiniest mold spores can infiltrate. Drinking water contamination can lead to bloating, gas, and diarrhea. And mold loves the cool, dark environment of your refrigerator. Waiting too long to eat those leftovers can increase the chance of mold growth and lead to uncomfortable indigestion.
If you suspect your house has a mold infestation, contact us to learn more about our cleaning and restoration services. The change in seasons throughout central Missouri can bring on a humid atmosphere. Humidity outside will lead to an increase in moisture inside the home. We serve several central Missouri areas, including Columbia and Jefferson City. Our experienced cleaning specialists have a wide variety of experience to remove even the toughest mold and help keep your family healthy.