Mitigating the Effects of Mold
Mold is a biological pollutant. Most commonly, short- or mid-term mold exposure produces allergies. 41 million people in the United States alone complain of conventional allergies. The symptoms are easy to identify and can leave a person with a runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, cough, aggravated asthma and headache.
Persistent allergic reactions aren’t just an inconvenience that you can cure with over-the-counter medication. They leave immune systems in a weakened state. In short, people with severe allergies become sick more often. Mold is a particularly powerful allergen, and increased exposure will swiftly cause immune reactions.
Pathogenic Effects of Mold
Mold can also cause pathogenic effects such as skin infections. These very rarely pose a serious threat to healthy individuals, but severe reactions can be experienced by those with a suppressed immune systems such as AIDS patients or burn victims. It is important for people that are immunocompromised to be aware of the risks involved with exposure to opportunistic fungal spores.
These infections infect the nails, hair, and mucous membranes. Some common infections may be athlete’s foot or ringworm. Pathogenic molds can also affect pulmonary disease and respiratory infections.
Toxic Effects of Mold
The toxic effects of fungi are perhaps some of the most serious. All fungi release chemical substances called mycotoxins that vary in toxicity. These chemicals produce a variety of health effects including mucous membrane irritation, rashes, dizziness, nausea, and birth defects. Cancer has also recently been associated with mycotoxins, however, the only association that has been reported has been in heavily contaminated environments. Individuals are exposed to mycotoxins via ingestion, skin contact or inhalation. Although it is not yet clear how much exposure to mycotoxins is needed to produce these symptoms or to become detrimental to one’s health, scientists from the CDC have taken the conservative approach by recommending very limited exposures.
Remediate Mold with ABB Enterprises
ABB Enterprises Inc. Environmental Services provides services for water damage and mold. Using state of the art equipment and trusted testing laboratories, we offer inspection for mold, mold testing and remediation services in Maryland. If you suspect water damage or potential mold call us today to set up an air-quality inspection and direct sample testing for mold.
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