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Mold Health Effects

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Mold Health Effects

Can Mold cause health problems?
Molds release spores similar to the way some plants release pollen as part of its reproduction cycle. The spores that are released can cause allergies in some people. Mold can also cause other problems ranging from irritation to eyes, skin, nose and throat to conditions even more serious. There are some molds such a Stachybotrys, Chaetomium, and Ulocladium that can produce toxins.

Who is affected by Mold?
There is a wide range of people that are more at risk from mold exposure that include:

  • Infants and children
  • Elderly people
  • Pregnant women
  • Individuals with respiratory conditions such as allergies and asthma
  • Individuals with weakened immune systems

Not all of the health risks that are said to be cause by molds have been substantiated. However, one thing is certain – mold is an asthma trigger and over 5,000 asthma related deaths are reported in the U.S. alone each year, (mostly children). For that reason, periodic home inspections and mold testing is prudent. Mold Health Effects on your family is serious. All indoor mold issues should be addressed immediately. People with asthma should avoid contact with molds and limit their exposure to moldy environments.

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