Mold occurs naturally, and outdoors is not an immediate hazard to your health. However, exposure to mold in your home may lead to serious illness due to flooding or moisture problems. Here are some of the dangers that mold presents.

Types of Mold in Your Home

Different types of mold are more dangerous than others. Aspergillus is a common strain of mold discovered in houses, on the surface of food, and on HVAC ductwork. It is black or green but is not the same as the toxic black

While this mold will not usually lead to permanent health consequences, it can produce allergy-like symptoms. In contrast, Trichoderma is a mold that produces toxins that lead to illness.

Have a professional examine the mold in your home to determine the type and treatment. If you experience unexplained medical symptoms, call your doctor to schedule an appointment.

Circulatory and Neurological Issues

Toxic molds are not just dangerous when inhaled, they can also enter the bloodstream. These substances may cause circulatory problems. You might experience an irregular heartbeat, easy bruising, low blood pressure, and other symptoms that require medical treatment. In some cases, chronic mold exposure causes neurological and memory challenges.

Mold in Your Home: Allergic Reactions

An allergic reaction is one of the most common side effects of exposure to mold in your home. Numerous types of mold are allergenic. An allergic reaction can occur immediately after exposure or after a more extended period. Common signs of an allergic reaction to mold include a rash, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, and a sore throat.

Are You at an Elevated Risk?

Some children and adults are at a higher risk of experiencing symptoms and illness. Mold in your home will impact those who are immunocompromised or dealing with other conditions more than otherwise healthy people. Who is at an elevated risk of health problems due to mold exposure?

  • People with asthma
  • Those with outdoor or indoor allergies
  • Infants and seniors 
  • People who have pre-existing respiratory conditions

If you are vulnerable to mold exposure, don’t attempt to inspect or clean the mold on your own. Hire a professional to visit the property, perform a thorough inspection, and provide advice on the following steps in dealing with mold growth.

SC Property Inspections serves the Lowcountry with home inspection services and mold testing. Contact us to book an appointment.