Toxic Mold Symptoms

Toxic mold symptoms may occur if a person or persons have been exposed to high levels of spores in the atmosphere. These spores are the fruiting bodies of fungus. For them to germinate and survive, conditions need only be right and these will start to grow into fungi. These bodies can produce what is known as a mycotoxin, it does not appear to be used by them, but is like a by product of their existence and is the chemical which can cause the poisoning from yeasts, mushrooms and molds, and it is this which destroys the host.

Toxic Mold Symptoms

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Mycotoxins may be only a problem if fungi grow in large colonies, and continually produce spores which can produce further colonies. Nearly all fungi use oxygen and are found just about everywhere, but because they are so small it can be hard to see some of them with the naked eye. They live where the temperature and the humidity are right, and feed on organic matter. Different mycotoxins can be produced by a single species and it may also produce the same as other species.

They can grow in a house on the dust which collects behind things or under/in bedding, on the floor and in many other places. Dish cloths, tea towels, stale fruit and other food in refrigerators, damp washing which is not done for several days, or damp rooms will all produce these types of things.

The spores are quite normal in these conditions. The problems arise when conditions are bad enough that they proliferate, and in this case, there may be an allergic reaction to the level of spores in the atmosphere. The symptoms of a high level may be an attack of asthma, sinus problems, infections in the throat and the nose, conditions where the eyes are sore or inflamed, irritation of the respiratory tract and other allergic reactions.

This is especially a problem in a person who is undergoing treatment, or has a disease which lowers the immune system. In this case they are usually inhaled and start to grow on the living tissue in this area, attaching to the cells of the lungs. It is then that the mycotoxins can do their damage.

Houses are not the only places where conditions can be right for this type of problem. The work place is another, especially if it is damp and has a considerable amount of closed atmosphere where the spores cannot diffuse. In an open aired work area there is far less chance of this sort of thing being a problem.

For those who would like to keep mold to a minimum, then perhaps changing dish cloths and towels each day, not allowing damp dirty washing to remain unwashed, keeping the level of dust in the house down by vacuuming fairly often and changing bed linen often as well, may be some places to start.

It would appear that minimising those things that become stale and are apt to collect dust, plus removing stale food from the refrigerator may be a good place to start.

House Mold Removal

Nobody wants to discover mold in their home. It’s a pain, no matter how you slice it. It can take forever to fix, it can be expensive, and your only other option is to live in a house that isn’t really healthy and ignore the problem. The only thing worse than mold is when you hire a house mold removal “expert” who is entirely unprofessional and you wind up paying more than you should and getting lesser service than you deserve.

House Mold Removal

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So how do you make sure you’re bring in a real, professional, qualified expert to deal with the problem? Well, it’s quite simple, really. Just follow these basic steps and you should have that mold gone in no time, and without spending more than you bought the house for.

Toss the Phone Book

Well, don’t throw it away, per se, as it can be quite handy in finding a great Chinese restaurant that delivers and it can be a big help if for some reason you forget the phone numbers of all of your local friends and family. But when it comes to hiring professionals, forget it. You wouldn’t hire a babysitter based on nothing but their ad in the Yellow Pages, would you? Of course not. You’d do the following, first-

Find Referrals

If you’re a lawyer, a mechanic, a plumber, a general contractor, a graphic artist, a house painter or, most importantly, a mold expert, then the first thing on your website is going to be referrals. No matter what line of service you’re in, if your job entails service rather than products, then referrals are the number one top form of advertising you want to use. Mold experts know this, and the ones with no referrals will try to skirt around that fact. What it comes down to is that the people who have referrals are people who have helped someone out at one point or other. “More referrals” doesn’t mean “more qualified”, it just means more business, maybe a more established name. But “no referrals” tends to mean “no qualifications”.

Shop Online

By looking on the web, you simply cast a wider net. You can find better quotes and estimates, you can find a wider variety of experts, meaning that you’re more likely to find one who’s qualified AND will work at reasonable rates. You can also check out customer reviews and, if you like, do a quick check on the person you’re hiring. They may or may not have been fired from a dozen jobs before this one on the grounds of utter incompetence, but with the web, you’ll now in minutes flat.

Talk To Them On The Phone

So you sent’em an email. Next step: Talk to them on the phone. You don’t have to grill them, but ask a few questions and see if you get straight answers. If they dance around every one, skip them. Maybe they’re qualified, but the fact is that you’re bringing them into your home to do a job, so you should be able to talk openly with them without being shut out or patronized.