Mold and Your Health

Mold and Your Health


Mold spores in the home are responsible for potentially causing several health issues, some, in fact, can be fatal. Mildew can grow on several types of surfaces in a home. In the right environment and conditions, the fungus will grow on wood surfaces, clothing, drywall, inside air ducts, on flooring, and ceilings. In most cases, the infestation grows in areas that are damp and moist and need an optimum temperature, as well as oxygen. The bathroom is where a lot of moisture is typically found. If you have an unventilated bathroom, it is suggested to leave open windows and doors after each shower. By reducing the humidity in the home and maintaining a level of 50 percent or lower, will help prevent fungus growth. Washing the shower curtain frequently prevents the growth of mold, but if possible, invest in a mold resistant shower curtain. Remove toys, empty shampoo bottles, and other shower items and keep them clean and dry. The simple steps to prevent the growth of mildew will help to protect your health.

Many people suffering from ongoing allergies, may experience respiratory issues after exposure to mold for extended periods of time. Those with a weak immune system may experience burning or itching eyes, problems breathing, congestion, sneezing, and coughing. The elderly are particularly at risk due to overall failing health. In addition to respiratory challenges, extensive exposure affects other parts of the body. Some people experience weakness and fatigue, body aches pain, abdominal issues, and diarrhea. Other symptoms include feelings of being disoriented or confused, tremors or tingling of the body, a loss of appetite, and the inability to concentrate.

According to Surviving Mold, there are many other symptoms that are often misdiagnosed and mistaken for other health conditions. These symptoms include irritable bowel system, attention deficit disorder, and stress to name a few. Due to the fact there are so many misdiagnosed symptoms, blood tests are highly recommended.

Mold Prevention

To restrict the growth of fungus, the home must have adequate ventilation and attention should be given to any damaged pipes, window seals, and surface drainage around the home. Unfinished basement areas are notorious for fungus growth, this is because they are usually damp and go unattended considering the area is mainly used for storage. Inspecting under the sink or any piping for leaks can prevent excessive moisture in your home. Although entering a flooded room because of a leak in the washing machine is not pleasant, the clean-up process to prevent mildew can be even more frustrating. A proactive homeowner will alleviate many of the challenges associated with Becoming proactive as a homeowner will reduce some of the problems associated with mold.

Mold Removal

Natural products have been successful in removing fungi, such as distilled vinegar, Tea Tree Oil, and soap-and-water. Of course, there are several commercial products on the market. Regardless of the process chosen, careful attention should be given to the directions to  properly mix the solutions. Additionally, you will need cleaning materials, such as cleaning cloths, buckets, gloves, trash bags and bins. Although ventilation is strongly suggested, you should avoid using a fan, so that the mold spores are not loosened into the air and blown to other areas of the home, increasing health risks.

By Clara Harrison
Editd by Jireh Gibson