Mold Infestation: Health Effects

A woman covering her nose and sneezing because of mold infestation

Molds refer to the several thousand different species of fungi that happen to be important in the biodegradation process or the decaying of organic materials. They come in different colors, shapes, and sizes, although most homeowners recognize them as the greenish or black spots that grow in moisture-rich areas of their houses.

All molds require moisture to grow, and that’s why they often appear in water-damaged properties. They can grow on items that are made of natural materials, like wooden furniture, leather shoes, and cotton carpets. They can also grow on surfaces that have been treated with paints or stains containing natural oil.

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Mold infestation is associated with a number of health problems, some of which you might not even realize are being caused by the mold growth in the first place. Mold spores can spread and contaminate indoor air, causing various problems that can affect the inhabitants’ well-being and quality of life. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that “excessive exposure to mold-contaminated materials can cause adverse health effects in susceptible persons, regardless of the type of mold or the extent of contamination.”

Mold infestation can cause the following: 

  • Allergic reactions and sensitivity – Molds can cause irritation of the throat, skin, and eyes, and it can also cause coughing, nasal stuffiness, and wheezing. Individuals who are allergic to molds can suffer severe reactions that may need immediate medical attention.
  • Respiratory problems – Molds can cause upper respiratory tract symptoms in healthy individuals, asthma symptoms in people with asthmas, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis in susceptible individuals.
  • Mycosis and other types of infections – Individuals who have weaker immune systems (people with existing medical conditions, people who have been rendered weak because of medications, pregnant women, the very young, and the very old) can catch severe lung infections from inhaling harmful molds like the toxic black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum). People exposed to molds can also suffer from localized or systemic mycosis, a type of fungal infection.
  • Mycotoxicosis – Molds produce toxins known as mycotoxins, which can impair various bodily processes like protein synthesis, white blood cell activity, and the lung’s ability to dispel inhaled particles.

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At Mackenzie Restoration, we know for a fact that dealing with molds can be difficult, especially if your property is experiencing severe infestation. However, thanks to our experienced crew and our modern tools and equipment, you can rest assured that we can get rid of the mold more quickly than they can invade your home or commercial property. Please call us now at 203-263-1068 or contact us to learn more.

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