4 Scary Things You Didn’t Know about Mold Exposure

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There’s plenty to be wary of when it comes to mold; it can cause property damage and infrastructure erosion, ultimately leading to the property’s depreciation. The health hazards it can cause for those living in the home can cause severe health problems and even affect respiratory systems long­term. For property owners, the health problems that tenants or employees experience can lead to liability nightmares. While all of these issues are alarming already, the things that make mold scary are the things that can catch you off guard. Here are four things most people either don’t know or don’t think about when it comes to mold exposure:

1) Misdiagnosed Ailments:

Modern medicine has come a long way, but that doesn’t make it perfect. There are ailments with symptoms that are the same as the symptoms observed after mold exposure. Some of the most common symptoms of black mold exposure include:

  • Sneezing
  • Itching Skin
  • Redness and skin irritation
  • Watery Eyes
  • Itching Eyes
  • Headache

The problem is that these symptoms also overlap with hundreds of other ailments, so it can be misleading for anyone who’s not already thinking mold as a possible factor to come to that conclusion. With these symptoms present, among some of the other, more serious symptoms, the issues can easily be attributed to asthma, fibromyalgia or emphysema. In some cases, patients who were originally diagnosed with any of these aforementioned illnesses found relief and even recovery after being treated for mold exposure instead of the initial diagnosis.

2) Surprising Means of Exposure

Most people know that if you are inhaling mold, it can get in your system via tiny spores. However there are more ways to be exposed to mold that the general population doesn’t know or think about. Some of these ways include:

  • Eating contaminated foods where mold spores were present
  • Smoking rolled tobacco or marijuana that was exposed to mold
  • Hands touching mold contaminated surfaces or items then touching other body parts like the mouth or eyes. Touching the eyes with mold contaminated hands has even caused blindness.

3) Effects of Mold on Pets

If there’s one thing we might not think of is how mold affects our pets. Our pets, usually mammals, are affected by the mold in the same ways we are; however, they have nowhere to go as they stay in the space most of the day and their lungs are smaller than ours. They often sniff in corners and cracks, making them likely to come across the mold directly and inhale spores right into their snouts. Mold in their lungs can cause pneumonia and even death. Keep furry friends in mind when dealing with mold and make it a priority to call a mold testing and mold remediation company as soon as possible.

4) Differing Species of Mold

Mold remediation companies know this well; there are thousands of different types of mold species. They are not all the same. Most people know about black mold, since it is the most notorious and highly publicized. It’s symptoms are generally well known; other types of mold are harmless but there are others still that can wreak havoc on your health. There are allergenic molds, pathogenic molds that cause infections and even pneumonia­like ailments and symptoms; there are toxic molds that make anyone sick, regardless of the status of their health during the time of exposure and so many more types of molds. A mold testing procedure is your best bet when it comes to identifying mold and getting rid of it.

Content Concord is the writer behind belfieldrealestate.com, a blog focused on real-estate. She is a professional writer specializing in real-estate, business Investing and many other intellectual fields.

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