Piedmont Environmental
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Piedmont Environmental, Mold Inspection and Remediation Services, A Full Service Mold and Moisture removal Company


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   Health Effects of Mold

All molds have the potential to cause health effects. Molds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, toxins that may cause reactions in humans. The types and severity of symptoms depend, in part, on the types of mold present, the extent of an individual's exposure, the ages of the individuals, and their existing sensitivities or allergies. 

Specific reactions to mold growth can include the following:

Allergic Reactions

Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic reactions to mold are common _ these reactions can be immediate or delayed. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Mold spores and fragments can produce allergic reactions in sensitive individuals regardless of whether the mold is dead or alive. Repeated or single exposure to mold or mold spores may cause previously non-sensitive individuals to become sensitive. Repeated exposure has the potential to increase sensitivity.

Asthma

Molds can trigger asthma attacks in persons who are allergic (sensitized) to molds. The irritants produced by molds may also worsen asthma in non-allergic (non-sensitized) people.

Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis

Hypersensitivity pneumonitis may develop following either short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic) exposure to molds. The disease resembles bacterial pneumonia and is usually a rare, however possible symptom of mold exposure.

Irritant Effects

Mold exposure can cause irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs, and sometimes can create a burning sensation in these areas.

Opportunistic Infections

People with weakened immune systems (i.e., immune-compromised or immune-suppressed individuals) may be more vulnerable to infections by molds (as well as more vulnerable than healthy persons to mold toxins). Aspergillus fumigatus , for example, has been known to infect the lungs of immune-compromised individuals. These individuals inhale the mold spores which then start growing in their lungs. Trichoderma has also been known to infect immune-compromised children.

Healthy individuals are usually not as vulnerable to opportunistic infections from airborne mold exposure. However, molds can cause common skin diseases, such as athlete's foot, nail fungus infections, as well as other infections such as yeast infections.

Other Possible Mold Exposure Symptoms :

  Pulmonary hemorrhage or pulmonary hemosiderosis (primarily in infants)   Immune system suppression (resulting in increasing numbers of infections
  Chronic fatigue   Dermatitis
  Hair loss Headaches
  Sore throats   Burning" eyes
  Flu-like symptoms   Blurred vision
  Cognitive disorders   Shortness of breath
  Respiratory illness i.e. bronchitis   Chest pains, chest tightness
  Breathing problems   Dry cough
  Wheezing   Aggravated asthma
  Nasal congestion   Nose bleeds