Mold Illness and how to spot them

What is mold? It’s the non-scientific word for many types of fungi. Fundus comes in many colors – lack, yellow, green, pink, orange, brown etc.

But one thing is for sure -it is always unwanted, whether it’s outside or inside your home. If your roof is leaking or you didn’t pay much attention to the hygiene of your home lately, irrelevant why, you might notice mold in your home.

The first thing you notice about having mold in your house is the specific moldy odor, such as the visible spots on the walls, especially the corners that are in dark places.

Because mold grows in dark and damp areas, search for it in those kind of places, such as around your windows, down in you basement, around the corners of your rooftop, bathrooms and kitchens etc, especially if you don’t see it, but sense its presence in the air.

Here’s a list of few types of most commonly showed types of mold in the households:

  1. Penicillium – though a very famous and commonly used cure has been made out of this fungus, it can also be harmful, causing allergies and asthma
  2. Alternaria – can also cause allergies and asthma and can be found in the upper respiratory tract
  3. Stachybotrys – it’s a really dangerous and toxic black mold, that releases mycotoxins that cause serious breathing difficulties. It is very harmful because it can lead to internal bleeding of the lungs.
  4. Aspergillus – this fungus can be found in damp and warm climate and is usually connected to home dust.

Mold can affect the human body.  And in unwanted ways. The symptoms mostly are allergies, respiratory diseases, rashes and fatigue.

Most people don’t usually connect the mold as a cause for their symptoms. However, a scientific study recently conducted showed that “mold, mycotoxins and other air pollutants contribute to 50% of diseases.

It’s really important that you determine where does mold come from in order to prevent the development of severe symptoms”.

In the study, several symptoms have been listed as one of the most common for people affected with mold illness. Here is the list:

  • Shortness of breath, sinus congestion or chronic cough
  • Headache and light sensitivity
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Static shocks
  • Unusual skin sensations, tingling and numbness
  • Morning stiffness
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea and bloating
  • Tearing, disorientation, metallic taste in mouth
  • Difficulty to focus and concentrate

How to treat mold disease?

First of all, clean the mold! We don’t want any other member of your household to get sick. If you have a history of problems to keep your house mold-free, you should probably buy an air purifier, because it helps control the moisture inside your house.

If the mold is black and has affected a really big area – ask for help from a professional cleaning service.

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