Mold Inspections & Remediations
Mold Inspections & Remediations Victoria
Mold and Your Health
Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects, or none at all.
Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation.
People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions. Immune-compromised people and people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may get serious infections in their lungs when they are exposed to mold. These people should stay away from areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas.
In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children.
Mold is never good to have in your home but when threatened, mold will produce mycotoxins that can make people and animals very ill. Seniors, children, and small pets are at the greatest risk.
Mold inhalation on a regular basis can produce many symptoms, you can read our blog “The Dangers of Mold and Mold Spores” for more detailed info.
Finally, regardless of toxicity, all molds will eventually make a house structurally unsafe. If you’ve found mold in your home, it’s important to have it removed professionally.