The Health Consequences of Toxic, Black Mold

October 31st, 2018
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When most people think of air pollution, they think of factories belching black smoke into the sky or smog produced by cars that aren't fuel efficient.

It's true that these are sources of air pollution. But, a lot of people are struggling with poor air quality inside their own homes, too.

Indoor air pollution is just as serious of an issue as outdoor air pollution. And, one of the most well-known sources of poor indoor air quality is toxic black mold.

If you're currently dealing with black mold, you need to get rid of it as soon as possible. Read on to learn about some of the health consequences that stem from long-term exposure.

What is Black Mold?

Black mold, also known as Stachybotrys chartarum, is a type of dark-colored mold that often appears in warm, damp areas of people's homes. Basements and crawl spaces are often the prime breeding grounds for black mold.

This type of mold feeds on organic materials in insulation, sub-flooring, carpet, and drywall after they've been exposed to water. The mold releases spores as it feeds, and these spores, when they are inhaled or ingested, can cause a variety of health issues.

Signs You Have Black Mold in Your Home

Black mold is a serious issue. If it's growing in your home, you may notice the following signs:

  • A damp, musty, earthy smell when you enter a room
  • Dark rings or dark spots that develop on the ceiling or walls
  • Respiratory symptoms -- such as coughing, itching eyes, sneezing, etc.
  • Visible furry mold growths in the corners or on the walls -- these are typically black, but they may also be green or brown

If you start to notice any of these signs, it's imperative that you take action immediately.

Health Risks of Black Mold Exposure

The longer you expose yourself to black mold, the greater your risk of experiencing a variety of dangerous health problems.

Some specific health risks associated with black mold exposure include:

  • Respiratory diseases (allergic rhinitis, asthma, sinusitis, and acute bronchitis)
  • Changes in behavior and mood
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Decreased productivity
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Movement disorders and neurodegeneration

In the early stages of black mold exposure, most people exclusively experience respiratory symptoms like coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, and sore throats.

Over time, though, symptoms can become more severe, and your risk of developing issues like movement disorders or experiencing behavior and mood changes increases.

Get Rid of Black Mold Today

As you can see, black mold is a serious problem. It can wreak havoc on the air quality of your home and put yourself and your family at risk for a number of diseases.

If you need to get rid of it and reduce your risk of experiencing these health issues, contact us at Fresh Air Technologies today. We're experts in mold removal, and we also offer a variety of other services that will improve the air quality of your home.

Not sure if you have black mold? We offer free air quality inspections, too! Schedule yours today.