Mold is an inescapable part of our surroundings, indoors and outdoors. It may look harmless, but extended exposure to mold in the confined space of a home or building can pose real health risks. Our Manhattan mold removal experts share information about the various effects of mold on your health.
Mold-Related Allergies and Illnesses
When mold spores are inhaled, they can irritate linings in the nasal passages. The result is allergic reactions such as sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and other upper respiratory symptoms. Severity of the reactions depends on the sensitivity of the affected individual, although people who have been allergy-free can develop symptoms after prolonged exposure to mold.
People with compromised immune systems or pre-existing respiratory ailments are particularly vulnerable to mold-related illnesses. These individuals may experience asthma attacks or opportunistic infections like aspergillosis, which causes fungus balls to develop in the lungs.
Mycotoxins and mVOCs
Some types of mold produce metabolites known as mycotoxins which can be ingested via inhalation or contact with the skin. While studies are ongoing, mycotoxins from mold have been linked to adverse symptoms.
Microbial volatile organic compounds, or mVOCs, are a byproduct of mold metabolism released directly into the air. mVOCs are suspected to cause headaches, dizziness, fatigue and nausea.
Protect Your Health with Manhattan Mold Removal by Stern Mold
Don’t wait until mold affects the health of you and your family or employees. Contact us today to schedule a free mold inspection by our friendly and experienced Manhattan mold removal team.