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Mold Infestation: Health Effects

Mold is the several thousand different species of fungi that happen to be responsible for the biodegradation process (the decaying of organic materials). It comes in different colors, shapes, and sizes, although most homeowners recognize it as the greenish or black spots that grow in moisture-rich areas of their houses.

All mold requires moisture to grow, and that’s why it often appears in water-damaged properties. It can grow on items that are made of natural materials, like wooden furniture, leather shoes, and cotton carpets. It can also grow on surfaces that have been treated with paints or stains containing natural oil.

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Mold infestation is associated with a number of health problems, some of which you might not even realize are being caused by mold growth in the first place. Mold spores  spread and contaminate indoor air, causing various problems that can affect the inhabitants’ well-being and quality of life. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that “excessive exposure to mold-contaminated materials can cause adverse health effects in susceptible persons, regardless of the type of mold or the extent of contamination.”

Mold infestation can cause the following: 

  • Allergic reactions and sensitivity – Mold can cause irritation of the throat, skin, and eyes. It can also cause coughing, nasal stuffiness, and wheezing. Individuals who are allergic to molds can suffer severe reactions that may need immediate medical attention.

  • Respiratory problems – Mold can cause upper respiratory tract symptoms in healthy individuals, asthma symptoms in people with asthmas, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis in susceptible individuals.

  • Mycosis and other types of infections – Individuals who have weak immune systems (people with existing medical conditions, people who have been rendered weak because of medications, pregnant women, the very young, and the very old) can catch severe lung infections from inhaling harmful molds like the toxic black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum). People exposed to molds can also suffer from localized or systemic mycosis, a type of fungal infection.

  • Mycotoxicosis – Mold produces toxins known as mycotoxins, which impairs various bodily Mold microscopic view processes like protein synthesis, white blood cell activity, and the lung’s ability to dispel inhaled particles.

At Mackenzie Restoration, we know  that dealing with mold can be difficult, especially if your property is experiencing severe infestation. However, thanks to our experienced crew and our modern tools and equipment, you can rest assured that we can get rid of the mold more quickly than it can invade your home or commercial property. Please call us now at 855-982-9654 or contact us to learn more.