Having a home affected by mold is the worst nightmare, but the worst part is that it can be settled without even knowing that you have it. It can be present in your fruit baskets, plants, closets and shower curtains. It is everywhere and it can be settled even in the body. Mold is bad for the human health and because of that you need to find a way how to remove it.
What is mold?
It is a fungus that grows in a moist environment having a whitish or greenish color. The best developing environment for the mold is poorly ventilated, hot and humid places. The size of the fungus is microscopic, and its build-up can cause their dispersion in the air and in that way trigger respiratory or allergic issues.
The mold cannot be seen with the naked eye, but it is present in your home and with a wide range of varieties.
Categories of molds:
Scientists have ranked the types of mold as per their impact on humans and also other living things. Namely, there are 1000 types of mold that can form in homes, however what mostly interests all of us is what types of molds are accountable for the occurrence of allergies?
The molds that develop in our homes are the least dangerous for the human health. But, not so hazardless for people that struggle with allergies or asthma as the presence of these microorganisms can worsen their breathing problems. The most affected by the negative effect of the mold are the children.
Mold is divided in two types according to the negative impact that can bring to the human body:
- Toxigenic mold
This mold releases mycotoxins which can be very hazardous for the human body. Toxigenic molds can be accountable for immune suppression and even cancer. This type of mold can enter the body when inhaled, eaten or even touched.
- Pathogenic mold
This is less dangerous mold that is accountable for the occurrence of infections. People with poor immunity are more susceptible to this type of mold. People who have been exposed to pathogenic molds can have a bacterial pneumonia reaction.
The well-known osteopath Dr. Mercola has categorized the five most common molds:
- Alternaria develops in the mouth, nose and respiratory tract and can trigger allergic reactions.
- Aspergillus is commonly found in house dust and in hot and humid climates. This mold is an organism that is accountable for lung infections in humans.
- Cladosporium is present on textiles, porous and wet materials and wood. This type of mold can lead to hay fever and trigger symptoms resembling asthma.
- Penicillium is present in carpets, rotting fibers, wallpaper, and insulation of fiberglass ducts. This type of mold forms mycotoxins like penicillin which can be dangerously allergenic.
- Stachybotrys is a mold with black color and it is highly toxic accountable for serious breathing issues and even for the bleeding of the lungs. It is present on wood or paper, yet rarely in homes.
What is mold disease?
Mold disease develops when there is an exposure to one or more molds. The common mold disease is an allergy to mold, but it can be manifested without allergic reactions. The influence of molds can be accountable for skin infections, flu-like symptoms, pneumonia, and various infections or irritating and toxic reactions.
The presence of mold should not be neglected and because of that you need as well as to recognize the symptoms of mold and if you notice some of them make sure to consult a doctor.
Signs of a Mold Disease:
- Asthma and other issues such as shortness of breath or coughing
- Metal taste in the mouth
- Weakness and fatigue
- Tingling and stinging
- Memory and concentration disorders
- Muscle cramps, muscle or joint pains
- Sensitivity to light or red eyes
- Vertigo and trembles
- Excessive thirst and higher urge for urination
- Digestive issues such as nausea, diarrhea, change of appetite, abdominal pain, and so on.
Have in mind that is very important to clean small and large surfaces affected by mold on regular basis in order to avoid the formation or proliferation of mold in your home.