How Mold Can Affect You

Allowing mold to settle into your home could be putting your health at risk. If you have allergies, mold spores can irritate them and cause your immune system to go into overdrive. Mold exposure could put children at risk of becoming asthmatics, even if they don’t have allergies. In 2014, the World Health Organization estimated that 7 million people die from indoor or outdoor air pollution. If you see mold in your home, you should seek professional mold removal and remediation services from a licensed home restoration company like Dreyer's DKI.

How to tell if you have a mold problem

Your mold problem may be visibly noticeable and appear on your walls or ceiling in black, gray, brown, or green spots. But sometimes, the mold doesn’t grow in areas you can see. Your sense of smell might detect the mold if it produces a musty odor. If you’ve recently had water damage to your home, there’s a good chance you have mold. Another way to detect mold in your home is by getting sick more often than what seems normal or you struggle to get over a sickness.

How can mold make you sick?

Some people are allergic to mold spores, and their immune systems overreact when these allergies flare-up. If you experience coughing and itchy, watery eyes but start to feel better as soon as you go outside, there’s a good chance that mold is the culprit. Other symptoms of mold exposure include sneezing, runny nose, postnasal drip, and dry skin.

Long-term effects of mold exposure

People with asthma or weak immune systems can suffer long-term effects from mold exposure. They may develop hypersensitivity pneumonitis, which causes the lungs to become inflamed after an allergic reaction to inhaled microorganisms such as mold spores that contain mycotoxins. People with allergies could present with flu-like symptoms, including headaches, fatigue, memory loss, and confusion. Mold exposure has also been linked to light sensitivity, muscle cramps, and hair loss.

If you have mold growing out of control in your home, you shouldn’t take any chances when it comes to protecting your health and the health of your family. Dreyer's DKI are black mold specialists located in Gainesville, FL, and Jacksonville, FL, and can help you with mold removal and mold remediation so you can feel good about the air you're breathing.