What Is Mold?
Mold might be welcome on fancy cheeses, but it’s certainly far from a treasured guest in our homes. Most homeowners only acknowledge mold when it’s discovered in some dark, dank corner of the basement or damp cabinet. Since the symptoms associated with the presence of mold are often ambiguous, they are easily mistaken for seasonal allergies or a simple cold.
Common Mold Types
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these four types of mold are the most common:
- Cladosporium– This type of airborne mold is commonly found in decaying organic matter, specifically dirt or dead plant matter.
- Penicillium– More commonly known for its medicinal uses, this widespread genus is responsible for saving many lives since its discovery. Exposure to the wrong strain of penicillium, however, can cause major health issues.
- Aspergillus– This very common type of mold is found both indoors and outdoors, and its presence typically only affects those already living with a compromised immune system.
- Alternaria– This mold is brought about by decomposing organic matter, such as dead leaves, and is often cited as a major causative agent of asthma.
Is Mold Affecting Your Health?
Because the symptoms of mold toxicity can be rather ambiguous, it’s easy to ignore the possibility of a mold contamination in the home until it becomes a serious danger to your health. Some symptoms of mold-related illness include:
- asthmatic aggravation (such as wheezing, coughing, or a feeling of tightness in the chest)
- cold symptoms (like a runny nose or sneezing)
- itching or watering eyes
- trouble sleeping
- feeling unusually confused or forgetful
- chronic sinusitis
- bronchitis and pneumonia
Let Us Help!
If you are experiencing the symptoms of mold toxicity or have discovered a large amount of mold in your home, your first step should be to seek a diagnosis and any relevant treatment from your doctor. Without fully eradicating the mold from your home, however, you will continue to experience mold-related illnesses, which is why thorough remediation services are often necessary.