Exposure to mold either in the short or long term may result in a number of different health effects on humans. Some are more sensitive to mold exposure than others, such as infants and children, elderly people, pregnant women, those with respiratory conditions and allergies, and immunocompromised patients. While the degree of sensitivity one may have to mold exposure is impossible to predict, there is evidence linking it with certain health effects.
According to medicinenet.com, “In 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheezing in otherwise healthy people. Mold was linked to the worsening of asthma symptoms in people who have asthma.”
In addition to these, the potential health effects of mold exposure include:
- Tightness of the chest
- Sinus congestion
- Couging/sore throat
- Irritation of skin and eyes
- Difficulty breathing
There is also significant concern over certain species of indoor mold, such as black mold, which produce mycotoxins. Mycotoxins have significantly the potential to cause severe health complications in humans, including cancer, neurotoxicity, and pulmonary fibrosis, among others. A definitive relationship between these health effects and mycotoxins “under realistic airborne exposure levels is not fully established.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “a link between other adverse health effects…and molds, including [black mold], has not been proven.” Still, anecdotal evidence of black mold exposure would seem to suggest that it could have potentially serious health effects.
If you suspect your home might be affected by mold, or if you want more information about Maryland mold inspections, give the mold remediation specialists at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC a call. We are a leader in mold remediation and mold removal, offering services in Maryland, DC, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania & West Virginia. Our mold remediators are highly qualified and equipped with state-of-the-art tools to make sure they get the job done right.
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