Health Issues with Mold in San Francisco Homes
When you have mold growing in the damp places in your home, serious health issues can be the result. Some species of molds can cause respiratory infections and many other illnesses. When homeowners or their families have weakened immune systems, having mold growing in the environment can actually be dangerous. Infants and the elderly are often more vulnerable to illness due to molds.
The Effects of Mold on Health
Exposure to molds affects different people in different ways. Some are sensitive and react more readily to molds in the environment. When someone is sensitive, the following symptoms can occur:
- Eye irritation
- Nasal stuffiness
- Skin irritation
People with allergies often have more serious effects. This can include fever, shortness of breath, coughing and asthmatic reactions. Children are susceptible to respiratory illnesses even when normally healthy.
Types of Molds Found in a Home
There are three basic types of mold found in a home. Allergenic molds are not considered life-threatening. However these types can induce responses in those who have allergies. The system often responds to these molds by creating sore throats and eye and nose irritations.
Pathogenic molds are the second kind and are usually associated with infections. When someone in your household has a weak immune system, they may feel the effects of pathogenic molds in the home. If there is a lot of mold in areas of the house, high exposure can still create an acute response.
The third type is the most dangerous and can cause the most serious effects in health. Toxigenic molds, also known as mycotoxins, disrupt a person’s health in serious ways. Of course, the results physically depend on the type of mycotoxin as well as the length of exposure and concentration of mold. It also depends on the age and current health of the individual exposed.
Some of the symptoms of exposure to toxigenic molds include:
- Skin lesions
- Nose bleeds
What to Do to Assure Your Family is Protected
The only way to assure your family stays healthy and safe is to have a professional come and inspect your home. It is vital you do this if there are any signs at all that you have mold growth in the home, such as stains on the walls or ceiling, musty smells in any room or areas where your home has flooded.
A professional mold remediation service will inspect your home and if finding mold growth will get it removed safely without causing further exposure. For an experienced San Francisco mold remediation expert click here. You will rest a lot easier when you know your family will be safe from illness or disease. All City Environmental knows the importance of living a safe and happy life.
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