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Possible Side Effects of Black Mold Exposure

Black moldBlack mold, which is sometimes referred to by others as mildew or even toxic mold, can have a lot of damaging health effects if not caught early.  The two main causes of black mold are moisture and a lack of ventilation.  These two, when occurring at the same time, will cause black mold to slowly develop.  If it is not caught early on in the growth of it, the mold will continue to spread across the surface that it is residing on, and become a lot bigger problem.

The reason that black mold causes issues is not so much of the mold itself, but when it feeds on the surfaces inside your home.  The mold grows and spreads by continually feeding on the surface.  The process of feeding causes a chemical known as VOCs to be released, which is harmful to humans and animals.  As noted before, it causes a lot of health issues, and here are some of those issues:

Respiratory Problems:  The release of the VOCs from black mold can cause a variety of respiratory problems for individuals who are exposed to black mold.  Labored breathing can be a side effect, as well as lung degeneration with long-term exposure.

Allergies: Black mold has also been linked to an increase in possible allergies in people.  Allergy symptoms include coughing, runny nose, sinus headaches, and itchy eyes.  If you usually don’t suffer from allergies, if you are experiencing allergies during seasons that you normally do not experience them, or if you are chronically experiencing allergies, then I would do the following two things.  First I would contact a medical professional and discuss with them your concerns about black mold exposure.  Then, I would also contact a professional to begin removing black mold from your home.  If you are already suffering symptoms, then you should do attempt to kill the black mold yourself.