Although some people feel the health risks of a mold-infected house are overrated, it's also true that certain people are more susceptible than others to these health risks. In addition, some types of mold are much more dangerous than others. Black mold is one of the worst types, so you should waste no time in getting a remediation team if you have black mold. Here are three health risks that mold remediation can avert:
1. Asthma attacks
If anyone in your family is susceptible to any type of asthma, common sense dictates that you should keep your home free from mold at all times. Asthma attacks are no fun and in severe cases they can even kill, as they prevent the intake and absorption of air. However, in addition to existing asthma cases, another concern is the development of asthma in young children. It's not positive yet whether mold can cause asthma in growing children, but the two problems have been found to correlate, so the link may be there.
2. Respiratory problems
If everyone in your home is healthy and fully-grown, you may be thinking that the severe mold problem in your basement or bathroom can't really hurt anything. But in fact, it's totally possible for mold to affect even healthy, full-grown individuals by causing respiratory problems such as sneezing and irritation. If you've been having cold-like symptoms that won't go away, this could be the cause. (Ask your doctor for a professional opinion and treatment, though, because these symptoms could also indicate a more serious health problem.)
3. Acute illness in sensitive people
If you're sensitive to mold, it can actually make you quite ill. In addition, if you have a genetic predisposition to certain health problems, mold problems can easily bring them to the surface, causing severe illness. Some of these assorted mold-related health issues can include:
- Allergic reactions
- Fever and breathing difficulties
- Lung infections (if you have a chronic lung disease already)
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
These health problems and others can be caused or exacerbated by molds, especially by black molds.
As you can see, even being a healthy adult doesn't excuse you from the possibility of a mold-related illness. So whether you have children and sensitive individuals in your household or not, it's in everyone's best interest to get your mold taken care of as soon as possible. You'll feel better yourself once you take responsibility for the problem, too. Contact a company like American Environmental Construction LLC to get started.