Mold, also known as black mold, or toxic black mold is easy to recognize and loves to grow in moist areas. Black mold symptoms range from mild to moderate. There are a few things that can be done to prevent mold. Mold problems are real, and can be devastating if not treated. Find out how what mold is, what health problems are associated with mold, and how to help prevent mold from growing in your home.
Black mold is a microscopic spore or fungi. It is slimy and dark green-black in appearance that grows in a circular pattern. When it dries, it turns into a powdery or downy substance which looks almost like soot. If dried, black mold may no longer look circular in shape.
Mold tends to grow in an area that is damp or humid. This may be due to leaks in ceilings, faucets, or old pipes. It is prevalent in homes that have been flooded. If a dryer is not vented properly to the outside of a home, the condensation can allow for the growth of mold. Because mold grows well in room temperature, the inside of a home is a perfect breeding ground.
It may be difficult to know if the symptoms that are being experienced are due to black or toxic mold. Early indications of mold poisoning can resemble a cold, or flu. A person with short-term mold exposure may have a cough or sneeze. They may have an itchy or runny nose. A person’s eyes may be red and itchy. They skin can also be itchy. A person may have headaches associated with short-term mold exposure.
If early mold exposure is not treated the symptoms may be more severe. Not only that, but the number of symptoms associated with moderate mold exposure greatly increase. A few of these symptoms are headaches, bloody noses, a hard time breathing, fatigue, nausea, short-term memory loss, rashes on the skin, chronic infections, and pain.
In the most severe category of mold poisoning there can be blindness, long-term memory loss, or brain damage. The lungs may bleed. Cancer may develop. Last, but not least, being exposed to black mold for long periods of time may result in death.
The health problems are many, range in severity, and can be absolutely horrible. So, what can be done to prevent mold? One of the most important things is to keep the humidity in a home relatively low. Using an air purifier or dehumidifier can help to keep the humidity to a minimum and the air cleaner. Be diligent about home repairs. If you find any leaks, fix them immediately, and be sure all of the moisture is cleaned up and that the area is completely dry. Properly clean tiles, floors, curtains, and appliances in kitchens and bathrooms.
Knowing what mold looks like, and what causes it, is the first step in assuring your family does not get sick. Not all of the symptoms will be experienced together or by each individual in the home. If any of the above symptoms are experienced, or if there are any suspicions of black mold symptoms, it may be best to air on the side of caution and visit a physician. If you do find evidence of toxic mold in the home, it may be best to consult a professional to make sure it is cleaned up safely and properly.