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Could Mold be at the Root of Your Strange Symptoms? Part Two

Could Mold be at the Root of Your Strange Symptoms?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states there are currently no established standards for safe or unsafe levels of indoor mold spores. Regardless of where you live, you are at risk for exposure to indoor mold. Leaky plumbing, water intrusion, and high humidity can all lead to mold growth. Be informed about mold and your health.

Old and new buildings have mold

Commercial buildings, offices, and schools often have mold. Older buildings have higher maintenance costs and some needed roof repairs or plumbing issues may be neglected. If an issue with mold is noticed, building owners may attempt partial fixes or spotty treatment. They may think they are saving money by not calling a mold professional, but they are actually just allowing the mold to continue thriving. If the conditions conducive to mold growth remain, mold continues growing and spreading.

New homes and commercial buildings are built tighter than older buildings to hold in heat during the winter and maintain a comfortable temperature during summer. A tight building with high humidity and inadequate ventilation is the ideal environment for mold growth. People often do not suspect a newer building could have mold or indoor pollution, but it is a common occurrence.

Treating mold exposure

A doctor who specializes in mold related illnesses can advise you on available tests for identifying mold antigens in humans. The first step to treating mold-related illness is to avoid any further exposure to the indoor mold spores. The MoldExterm treatment method is guaranteed, affordable, and does not create a mess like traditional mold remediation methods. Contacts us today for more information and don’t take chances with mold and your health.

Could Mold be at the Root of Your Strange Symptoms? Part One

Could Mold be at the Root of Your Strange Symptoms?

Could Mold be at the Root of Your Strange Symptoms?

Many people visit their doctor every year with symptoms that are misdiagnosed. These people continue to suffer and get even sicker. For many of them, mold exposure is the cause of their problems. Even though indoor mold is a common issue, few doctors recognize the symptoms of mold-related illnesses and can advise you about mold and your health.

The top symptoms of mold-related illness

Mold spores affect people differently. People who are highly sensitive to mold spores will almost immediately begin to experience eye irritation, running nose, difficulty concentrating, and shortness of breath. The symptoms can easily be mistaken for an allergic reaction to pollen, dust, pet dander, or cigarette smoke.

People not highly sensitive to mold may develop symptoms over time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) report that ongoing exposure to high levels of indoor mold spores can lead to asthma and upper respiratory problems in previously healthy people. The symptoms of mold-related illness may manifest as feelings of fatigue, frequent headaches, flu-like symptoms, and stiffness in joints.

Get a professional mold inspection

Mold spores are too small to be seen with the human eye and are inhaled deeply into the lungs. There are well over 100,000 different types of mold. Some molds secrete mycotoxins that can lead to serious health problems like immune dysfunction, neurological issues, cognitive decline, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.

The MoldExterm method is a quick, affordable, and effective solution. We have been serving commercial and residential clients in New York City and New Jersey since 1995. Be proactive about mold and your health. Contact us for a free mold inspection.

The Cleveland Clinic: How to Treat Mold Exposure

The Cleveland Clinic: How to Treat Mold Exposure

The Cleveland Clinic: How to Treat Mold Exposure

Exposure to mold can cause a serious allergic reaction called aspergillosis. The Cleveland Clinic, one of our country’s largest and most respected medical centers, offers more information about this illness along with helpful tips for treatment and prevention.

Who Is Affected by Aspergillosis?

Aspergillosis gets its name from Aspergillus fumigatus, a type of mold that is the primary cause of the illness. Aspergillus is one of the most common forms of outdoor mold, but it can easily be tracked indoors on shoes and clothing.

Healthy people are generally at low risk for aspergillosis, which primarily affects those with compromised immune systems or pre-existing lung conditions. Problems arise when mold spores are inhaled and settle in lung cavities or mucus-filled airways.

Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention

Symptoms of aspergillosis include:

• Wheezing and coughing, sometimes accompanied by blood or increased mucus

• Fever and/or chills

• Shortness of breath

• Chest pain

These upper-respiratory symptoms are similar to those of general allergic reactions, so it’s important to visit your doctor and rule out other causes.

Aspergillosis is most often treated with oral corticosteroids and anti-fungal drugs, either separately or in combination. Surgery is sometimes necessary when fungus balls called aspergillomas are present in the lungs or other organs.

Since Aspergillus is so common, the best course of prevention is to avoid locations such as construction sites that are likely to have a lot of dust and mold. People at high risk might consider wearing a face mask.

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Does Black Mold Smell?

The Nose Knows.

The Nose Knows.

When it comes to mold and fungus, out of sight is not out of mind. Sometimes an infestation develops in a hidden or out-of-the-way space, and the first clue comes through your nose rather than your eyes. What causes the odor, and what steps should you take to remove it?

The Nose Knows

Mold and fungus produce several gasses known as microbial volatile organic compounds, or MVOC. Many of them are odorless, but some of these gasses emit that stale, musty odor that’s commonly associated with mold.

While the smell of mold is unpleasant on its own, it’s indicative of a more serious health threat. If you can smell mold, chances are high that you’re inhaling both MVOC and mold spores themselves. Some of these compounds are mycotoxins that can cause physical and mental ailments ranging from sinus infections to depression.

How Do You Remove Mold Odor?

Scented candles, sprays and other conventional air fresheners are only temporary solutions because they simply mask the smell. The only way to truly rid your home or office of mold odor is to remove the source.

If you smell that tell-tale musty odor, don’t rely on an over-the-counter mold test. Professionally trained technicians such as the ones at Stern Mold have the know-how to get accurate results and the experience to determine where to look for mold and fungus.

MoldExterm: A Non-Toxic, Non-Invasive Solution

Traditional mold remediation will remove the smell along with a good chunk of building materials. Contact us for a free mold inspection in NYC or northern NJ and learn why MoldExterm is the most effective way to remove and prevent mold and fungus.

Are You Allergic to Your Bed? Find Out Why.

Could Your Bed Be Making You Sick?

Could Your Bed Be Making You Sick?

If you’re experiencing allergy symptoms without finding any specific causes, you may want to blame your bed. People spend a third of their lives in bed, so it makes sense to ensure that it’s free of any of the following contaminants.

While you probably won’t see any of these contaminants (bacteria, fungi and allergens), they are there and while you sleep you’re contaminating your bed and breathing them into your lungs.

Mold and Fungi Spores

While mold and fungi are usually too small to see with the naked eye, studies have shown that they are often found in beds. Even minute amounts can cause a reaction so wash your bed sheets in hot water once a week. A NYC mold treatment may be necessary to alleviate allergy symptoms.

Dust Mite Droppings

While you might not be allergic to dust mites, you might be allergic to dust mite poop. Dust mites are found in four out of five homes in the United States, which means that they could very well be in your bed. Again, clean bed sheets will reduce this problem.


Familiar with sweating in bed? It’s something that everybody does. If you’re sick, you can transmit strep or staph infection of the skin if allowed to build up.

Pet Droppings

Your pet may be the apple of your eye, but its urine, dander or saliva could be causing an allergy flare-up.

Clean, dry bed sheets are key to healthy living, but when it comes to mold and your health, don’t take any chances. Contact Stern Mold today to discuss your NYC mold treatment options and schedule a free inspection.

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