Health Effects and Prevention of Black Mold Poisoning

Black mold or also known as toxic molds is a fungus that grows on clothes, carpets, walls, wood, and food and even in some furniture and appliances. These molds create a flossy and powder like substance. These molds love to grow in areas where there is moisture. Aside from moisture, the growth of molds depends also on the temperature and its exposure to light.

So what are the health effects that these black molds can cause? The effects cause by black molds depends on the number of toxins present. A person can be exposed to these health hazards through inhalation, ingestion or skin contact. One of the major and common problems with black molds is allergy. Allergies are triggered when molds causes the immune system to respond to defend the body against these potentially harmful toxins. Allergy symptoms may include sneezing, runny nose and worse is asthma.

These fungi also have volatile organic compounds that usually spread in the atmosphere in environments affected by fungi. The person that has been exposed to these VOC will start to experience other symptoms caused by the irritation of the central nervous system that later on would lead to symptoms like headache and memory loss.

Other major symptoms of black mold include respiratory problems, sore throat, diarrhea and abdominal pain. The person may also experience fatigue. If these toxic molds are in the house, the family members will be vulnerable to these signs and symptoms. These symptoms may not be the same for each individual since it varies depending on their sensitivity to these toxins.

With all the effects that black molds can cause, it is important to stop the growth of molds. Removing toxic black molds is not a difficult job to do, as long as you know what you will need. The very important and first thing to do is to stop the source of moisture. Make sure that pipe leak and water seepage is properly fixed. Make sure that you are also taking necessary precautions by wearing protective gears like mask, goggles and protective clothing when cleaning molds.

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