Mold May Cause Serious Health Problems, Don’t Ignore Them

In the previous article, we talked about what is mold and mildew and what do they smell like. If you find an unpleasant smell in your house, don’t ignore that smell as it may imply that mold starts growing in your house. Apart from the unsightly and bad-smelling mess, mold causes damages to your furniture and may lead to health problems as well. 

What kind of health problems will mold cause?

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Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects or none at all. Some people are more sensitive to mold than others (Infants, children, immune-compromised patients, pregnant women, individuals with existing respiratory conditions, and the elderly) are at higher risks for adverse health effects from mold. If they come into contact with mold, they may experience symptoms, such as respiratory problems, nasal and sinus congestion or dry, hacking cough, eye irritation, nose or throat irritation, skin irritations, aches, and pains, etc. 

People with asthma may have more intense reactions

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A study found that infants and young children exposed to mold in the home had an increased risk of developing asthma by the age of 7. Severe reactions like shortness of breath and fever may occur among workers who exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay. Mold exposure may also worsen asthma or lung problems in people with preexisting lung conditions. People with weakened immune systems — such as those with uncontrolled HIV, transplant patients, or people undergoing cancer treatment — are at risk of fungal infections. 

People may suffer hair loss

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The allergic reactions humans suffer from mold can lead to hair loss, even in females or children. When you come into contact with an allergen such as mold, it triggers the production of a chemical called histamine in your body. Histamine causes itching and that’s why antihistamine medications are often used when someone experiences an allergic reaction. Those medications counteract the histamine and relieve symptoms.



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