9 Symptoms Of Black Mold Exposure
Mold toxicity, though common, poses a severe health threat to those who are affected by the condition. Exposure to Stachybotrys chartarum, or black mold, causes many health problems throughout many bodily systems.
If mold toxicity isn’t addressed right away, problems persist and worsen. This is especially important when those with compromised immune systems are exposed to mold.
Your health could be at stake if your home has black mold. Read on to learn more about black mold and the nine symptoms of mold toxicity that you should never ignore.
What Is Black Mold?
Not all dark-colored molds are black mold, but a variety of the various types of mold are documented on record. Black mold is a greenish-black mold that is gelatinous in form because of its wet top layer. If the moisture source that encouraged its growth has dried up, the mold can appear powdery.
Black mold releases mycotoxins, which are byproducts of their metabolic processes. These mycotoxins can be dangerous to humans and cause many health problems.
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Black mold frequently grows in areas of the home where moisture is high and where water condenses.
These areas include:
- In the kitchen, especially under the sink and inside cabinets
- In the bathroom, especially in and around the shower and tub
- In the walls where pipes make be leaky
- Around windows and window sills
- In fireplaces and chimneys
- In the attic, especially near vents, the water heater, or the furnace
- In the basement, especially around ducts, pipes, or a sump pump
These areas should be checked often and kept clean and dry. If possible, measures should be taken to reduce moisture so mold is less likely to grow in these places. (See link for article)
Anyone can become ill due to mold but those who have allergies, asthma, or suppressed immune systems can be more severely affected.
- Sneezing, a runny or blocked nose can be warning signs that you have a mold problem.
- Mold causes headaches and migraines.
- Having a dry, sore, or irritated throat can also be a sign of mold.
- Wheezing is a common sign of mold.
- Coughing & shortness of breath can be a sign of mold.
- Having watery or irritated eyes can be a sign of mold.
- Nausea and vomiting can occur with mold allergies.
- Eczema, rashes, hives, itchy, scaly red skin – can all be allergic reactions to mold.
- Itchy eyes, nose, and throat can be a reaction to mold.
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