Mold is a type of fungi that are generally found in warm, damp environments. It can easily make its way into the home and is often a clear sign that a home needs maintenance or repair. Indeed, mold will inevitably grow given the right conditions. We have all read articles that talk about how dangerous exposure to black mold can be. Black mold, in particular, can cause complications because of the toxic mycotoxins it produces. Exposure to black mold can result in black mold poisoning, which causes a variety of symptoms. In some severe cases, it can even cause cancer and death.
What Exactly Is Black Mold?
“Black mold” refers to several species of mold (which is a type of fungus) that have a dark green or black appearance. One such type is Stachybotrys chartarum. … Molds thrive in warm, frequently moist environments, including baths, showers, toilets, kitchens, and basements. They can also grow on wood, dirt, or paper. Black mold is a bit different than most molds because some types are toxigenic. For the mycotoxins, to cause mold poisoning you have to be exposed to a large amount of black mold for an extended period.
Black Mold Exposure Symptoms
There are more than 100,000 potential species of mold that can contaminate your environment, many can be classified as toxic black mold. Mold exposure symptoms range from minor to severe. Most often, black mold will start to affect your respiratory organs. You will experience shortness of breath or a stuffy nose. You may think you are experiencing allergies or sinus. You may also start coughing, wheezing, and get irritated eyes. If you have asthma or allergies or a weak immune system it may affect you worse. You could experience headaches, fever, chest colds, and sinusitis. In some extreme cases, people have lost their hair, had stomach pain, and had muscle spasms. Even memory loss and anxiety attacks can be caused by long exposure to black mold.
How to Diagnose Black Mold Poisoning
Each person’s body is affected by mold toxicity in different ways. Some experience constant migraines and headaches, shortness of breath, brain fog, fatigue, or even depression. Since symptoms differ from person to person, they may not be quickly diagnosed as mold exposure. If you suspect you may be suffering from black mold poisoning you can get a blood test to verify it. There is also a skin prick allergy test where the doctor will apply a small amount of black mold to your skin. If you get hives, rash, or a breakout it means that you are allergic to the fungus.
How Do You Get Treated for Black Mold?
It’s almost impossible to avoid all contact with fungal spores, so treatment for mold in your lungs often consists of taking medications. Corticosteroids often help open your airways to make coughing easier. You may need to take them daily or only when your symptoms flare. Your doctor may recommend antihistamines or decongestants. These medications will help reduce the inflammation and keep the swelling down. Using a nasal spray to help rinse your nose of any black mold spores may be necessary. In severe cases, a medication called Montelukasst or allergy shots may be recommended.
What To Do If You Suspect You Have Mold in Your Home
You must remember removing mold on your own can be dangerous, especially if you are allergic to it. Most household solutions are not very effective so the root of the problem of the mold may still be there. To properly identify and remove black mold the best solution is to call a professional. If you have asthma, allergies, or a weakened immune system please do not try to get rid of mold on your own.
Mold spores are in the air all around us, and we breathe them in almost every day. Most of the time, these spores don’t cause any health issues, but sometimes they can lead to infections or allergic reactions.
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