Subscribe via RSS Feed

Tag: "black mold effects"

Mold Basements Can Cause Serious Health Problems

[ 0 ] January 28, 2010

Mold basements are one of the many reasons people are sick. Take me for instance. I hardly ever use my basement, so wow was I surprised to learn that is was hiding a deep dark secret that could have cost me my health.

You see, mold isn’t just some ugly stuff on your walls or ceiling. The fact is, mold can cause allergies, asthma, bleeding of the lungs, reoccurring colds, chronic coughing, fatigues, headaches, and even depression. And although I didn’t experience any of these problems with my basement, I did experience them when I lived in a home that was covered in toxic mold.

I had allergies that I assumed were just a change of the weather or toxins like cigarette smoke in the air. In never occurred to me that it could be something more like black mold effects.

I also had asthma which along with the allergies I thought again was something to do with the change in the weather and toxins in the air that were not associated with mold.

I was lucky enough that my symptoms did not go as far as my lungs bleeding. It’s also considered less of a problem in adults, but when you have children and pets or anyone with a weak immune system, the results can be deadly.

One of the symptoms I did have was a reoccurring cold. However, silly me, I just chalked it up as a chronic bronchitis infection that I’d attracted from who knows where.

Along with that cold I had a chronic cough. Again, I assumed that my cough in association with the cold was due to a bronchitis infection that would not go away.

I also found myself tired all of the time and ironically I never really did anything to make me tired. So again, I assumed it was because of that imaginary bronchitis thing. And this is also how I realized there were signs of fungus growing in my basement. I was always tired no matter how very little I did and I found myself feeling ten times better when I was away from my home.

I never really got migraine headaches until mold entered my life. I used to get a lot of migraines and just thought I wasn’t eating or sleeping right. This was also another sign that there was mold in my basement. After I spent some time doing mold removal my headaches and of course all of the other symptoms went away.

There are times when almost everyone will experience depression in his or her lives. Whether it’s from the loss of a loved one or something else serious, it never dawned on me that my bouts of depression were caused by mold growing in my basement. I never even thought about it until I realized I was not the only family member suddenly experiencing depression and all of us at once for no real reason.

Mold and can a scary thing, especially when mold basements are the cause of it and it’s been left untreated for way too long. If you believe you have mold in your home whether it’s from your basement or another part of your home, please have it inspected. There is no reason why you should have to suffer from such a simple fungus.

Types of Mold You Should Know About

[ 0 ] January 28, 2010

For most of us it’s important that we keep our homes as clean as possible and that includes keeping it free from mold. Yet as easy as that may sound, there are literally millions of types of mold in and around your home every day. And while some molds are not harmful, there are some, which can cause a variety of health issues.

Here are the most common molds, which can generally be found in your home:

Types of Mold

Aspergillus is actually the most common species when it comes to mold (fungus). There are over 150 different types of Aspergillus molds with sixteen of those species having known to cause humans illnes. The fungus is often found in decomposing organic materials and contaminated foods and can cause severe allergic reactions in humans almost immediately.

Caldosporium is a fungus that is found on decaying plants, woody plants, food, straw, soil and paint. There are over 30 species of Caldosporium with the most common causing skin lesions, nail fungus, sinusitis and asthma.  And in several studies, chronic exposure to the fungus has been known to lead to pulmonary emphysema.

Fusarium is a fungus that is commonly found in soil and on plants. The fungus can also be found in humidifiers and carpets that have been water damaged. Human contact with Fusarium can result in eye, skin and nail infections, but can also product hemorrhagic syndrome in severe cases.  

Mycotoxins are actually a byproduct used by the fungi inside of our bodies, which in return can cause cold and flu type symptoms, sore throats, nosebleeds, headaches and fatigue. Some molds that have been known to produce mycotoxins are black mold (also known as stachybotrys) and Aspergillus.

Penicillium is a green or blue fungus found in soil, food, cellulose, paint, wallpaper and decaying vegetation. The fungus can cause hypersensitivity, asthma and severe allergic reactions in some people. Penicullium also has several species and has been used to make certain cheeses and penicillin. However, it can also cause kidney and liver damage in some people since it does have the ability to produce mycotoxins.

Stachybotrys is a fungus, which thrives on water damage and moisture ridden surfaces such as drywall, shower tiles, wallpaper and carpeting. Stachybotrys also know as black mold effects more households than many people realize.

If a leaking pipe or leaky roof has gone unnoticed, chances are that area will have Stachybotrys growth. The fungus is generally black and slimy in appearance and can cause extreme health illnesses to both humans and pets when it is left untreated.

Exposure to this toxic fungi can cause dermatitis, chronic pain, coughing, respiratory infections, migraines, dizziness, nose bleeds, fever, cold and flu like symptoms and even death in small children and pets.

Of all of these types of mold, they should all be handled with extreme care regardless of the situation or species. Removing mold from your home not only allow for a cleaner environment, it also gives you a peace of mind against unnecessary health risks.