Unfortunately, many individuals are part of an uprising epidemic in our country. Mold. This type of mold is not the outdoor allergen that most people suffer from, but instead, it spawns on surfaces. Whenever water is present, the potential for mold to grow is exponentially high. If your building does not have the proper ventilation, this hazardous fungus can and will reek havok on your health.
Symptoms of Mold Exposure
Since mold is always present, the threat of developing serious health complications is it is crucial that large quantities of water are taken care of immediately. Mold spores produce at a faster pace when exposed to substantial amounts of water. Some of the symptoms may seem harmless at first, but can develop quickly if not treated immediately. All of the symptoms are categorized into different levels of severity. Ranging from common and treatable to critical and irreversible complications.
Level 1: Common Side Effects from Mold Exposure
Many of these symptoms are what many individuals experience. They exhibit the signs of an allergic reaction:
Inflamed, irritated, and itchy skin
Irritated, dry, and itchy eyes
Sneezing Runny nose
Level 2: Symptoms of Mold Allergies
The following symptoms of Mold exposure have been reported generally as a result from persons being in a Mold contaminate environment on and off for an extended period of time. Symptoms are reported to have become more severe and longer lasting directly in proportion to the length of exposure time. Their reported symptoms are as follows:
Feelings of Constant Fatigue
Coughing up Blood or Black looking Debris
Loss of Appetite
Open Sores on the Skin
Memory Loss “Short Term”
Neurological & Nervous Disorders
Swollen Glands in the Neck Area and under the Armpit
Sudden Asthma Attacks or Breathing Disorders
Ear Infections and Pain
Chronic Sinus Infections
Pain in the Joints and Muscles
While it seems Mold can cause many symptoms one must remember that there are thousands of species of Mold. Different species of Mold can have a wide variety of reactions within different people.
How to Prevent the Growth of Mold
Since mold spores are found everywhere, the pace in which the growth takes place is fast and steady. There are only 3 factors that play a role in stimulating the development.
Cellulose is what the mold spores generally feed off of, and since it is a part of the cell wall in green plants, it is very easy to come by.
Moisture is also a very pertinent factor in the growth process. With the right amount of moisture, the process of deterioration is now able to take place.
The final contributing factor is, of course, time. Time is necessary because the spores need to have a substantial period in which to properly spread. Without these things it would be difficult for the fungus to develop and thrive. There are simple practices you can implement in order to prevent the production of mold.
Do your best to keep the levels of humidity low in rooms that are more prone to maintaining higher levels.
If you have a leak make sure. busted pipe, or any sort of water damage, make sure to clean all areas in which the water has spread to. If the damage is much more than initially thought, then contact a service professional to properly rid the building of the water.
Having the proper ventilation throughout the building is also another very important step in preventing potential mold growth.
There are more ways to prevent the growth of mold, but they all are based around the same basic rules. Making sure that any and all moist areas are completely dried is the biggest rule of thumb.
Keep up with the maintenance of your home or building. The windows, pipes, and doorways all need to be properly from secured and sealed from the outside elements. The importance of keeping your home/building up to par in order to prevent mold exposure can save your life.
For more information on Mold Illness, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Moore, please contact Moore Life Health Solutions at (210) 525-9063