Four Dangers of Mold Exposure in Your Home or Business

Person coughing from mold exposure

Mold exposure in your home or business is dangerous for your health. Mold is technically a fungus that can grow either indoors or outdoors.  Moist, damp places are key places for fungal growth where air circulation is low. The fungus spreads by producing spores that can travel through the air quickly and since they are microscopic, you might not even know. This article will highlight four dangers of mold exposure.

Mold Exposure Causes Immune System Reactions

Mold is a fungi that spreads via the air. When inhaled, mold is a foreign molecule to the body. Inhaling foreign molecules triggers the immune system to react. The goal of the immune system is to determine if foreign molecules are safe or not. Regardless of the type of molecule, physical symptoms are typically produced as a reaction. Common reactions to mold are similar to a head cold or virus – stuffy nose, coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Some people have skin reactions, such as swelling, itching, or redness. If you experience these symptoms, get yourself to the doctor for a checkup.

Asthma Can Be Triggered by Mold Exposure

Asthma is a potentially life-threatening disease that is exacerbated by mold exposure. If you have asthma, your airways tend to swell and produce extra mucus. This often occurs after environmental triggers, such as mold, or intense physical activity. Asthma attacks leave people short of breath and in fits of coughing and wheezing. Mold acts as an allergen to trigger airway swelling because the immune system is on high alert. If not treated quickly, the condition becomes life threatening.

Respiratory Issues Can Have Damage Long-Term

Mold travels through air. Therefore, when you breathe, mold spores enter through your mouth or nose. Eventually, your lungs are exposed to mold and dangerous symptoms can fester. Research shows that there is a slight association between indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness. Respiratory symptoms are coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.

Mold Remediation Helps Prevent Health Dangers

Mold remediation is the best way to prevent negative health outcomes resulting from mold exposure. Every mold situation is different. American Cleaning is thorough in the mold remediation process from start to finish. Our experienced technicians determine the source of mold, remove the triggers, and then implement a plan to prevent future mold growth. We can help you balance the humidity and air flow in your home or business to stop mold in its tracks. If you are interested in mold remediation services, visit our website or give us a call  at (208)-584-5488 today.

 

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