Mold is an issue that most homes have it, and as well as offices, however the presence of mold is not only an aesthetic issue, it is also a health issue as it can cause many health implications and diseases.
It can grow everywhere, under the sink, in room corners, shower curtains, even more it can appear on kitchen cabinets, in the basement, drywall, on your Christmas tree, etc.
There can be thousand types of mold which can be scientifically classified as per their effects on people and living things.
- Allergenic Molds
This kind is the least harmful, but they cause health issues like asthma and a predisposed allergy to the specific mold.
- Pathogenic Molds
This type of mold can cause infections thus making it dangerous for the persons with a weak immune system. Persons exposed to pathogenic molds most commonly experience bacterial pneumonia.
- Toxigenic Molds
These ones are highly toxic as they produce mycotoxins which pose serious health risks and have been related to immune suppression and cancer. These molds are immediately absorbed within the body just by inhaling, touching, or eating them.
As mentioned before there are thousands of molds, but Dr. Mercola specifies the most common indoor mold types:
- Aspergillusis commonly found in house dust, and in highly warm damp climates. It causes lung infections.
- Alternaria is often found in the nose, mouth, and upper respiratory tract.
This type of mold leads to allergic responses.
- Cladosporium is found on textiles, wood and on some other damp porous materials. Commonly results in asthma symptoms and hay fever.
- Penicillium leads to allergies and asthma. It is found on decaying fabrics, carpets, wallpapers, and fiberglass duct insulation. The antibiotic penicillin produces mycotoxins.
- Stachybotrysor “black mold” can be found on paper and wood surfaces. It is extremely toxic creating mycotoxins that lead to numerous health concerns such as serious breathing difficulties and bleeding of the lungs.
You need to know that any type of mold exposure can cause a mold illness, which on the other hand sets a number of health issues.
10 Most Common Symptoms of Mold Illness
- Asthma and sinus issues, including a cough or shortness of breath
- Memory and concentration issues, brain fog, headaches
- Eye issues like red eyes or light sensitivity
- Great thirst and elevated urination
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Digestive issues, including nausea, abdominal pain, appetite changes, diarrhea
- Inexplicable muscle cramping and aches, joint pain, constant nerve pain
- Numbness and tingling
- Temperature regulation or night sweats
- Vertigo and tremors
Being intoxicated by mold is a severe problem, and it is likewise known as a Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS).
As per the explanation of the Mayo Clinic, quoting:
“Although a mold allergy is the most common problem caused by exposure to mold, mold can cause illness without an allergic reaction. Mold can also cause infections or irritant and toxic reactions. Infections caused by mold can lead to a variety of problems from flu-like symptoms to skin infections and even pneumonia. “
The author of Surviving Mold: Life in the Era of Dangerous Buildings, Ritchie Shoemaker, MD presents CIRS as following:
“an acute and chronic, systemic inflammatory response acquired following exposure to the interior environment of a water-damaged building with resident toxigenic organisms, including, but not limited to fungi, bacteria, actinomycetes, and Mycobacterium as well as inflammagens…”
You can prevent the negative effects caused by mold, therefore watch the video below and find out some important information about the ways of prevention: