Many Florida business and homeowners are familiar with black mold and often describe it as being dark in color and extremely toxic. Interestingly enough, it doesn’t represent a specific form of mold. Furthermore, a lot of misinformation about black mold exists. There is a species of mold that is dark-colored, hence the misnomer “black mold.” In most cases, it is black or dark green in color.
Is Black Mold considered more toxic than other forms of Mold?
Black mold is often associated with higher toxicity levels because of its ability to release mycotoxins or organisms that can cause death and disease in animals and humans. As a result, they are classified as being more dangerous than other types of mold. But the truth of the matter is that all mold species can manufacture mycotoxins. Conversely, just because mold is present, it doesn’t mean that it is releasing any toxins. In addition to this, there is no evidence to suggest that species associated with this type of mold produce mycotoxins at different rates from others. However, it helps to call in our experts to get the stains of mold evaluated so that you can safeguard you and your family’s health.
How is Your Health affected if You contact Mold?
Whether you ingest, inhale, or touch mold, it can affect your health in different ways. Studies have shown that people at the highest risk of experiencing any health issues attributed to the exposure to mold include, children, infants, and seniors. It can also be harmful to individuals with respiratory issues such as allergies and asthma as well as anyone with a weakened immune system. This includes anyone who is undergoing cancer treatments, HIV patients, and transplant patients.
Common Symptoms of Mold Exposure
Although individuals with healthy immune systems may not experience symptoms, the long-term exposure to mold can cause anyone to experience them. Individuals with allergies are often more sensitive to mold than others. The most common symptoms of long-term mold exposure include:
- dry cough
- red, watery eyes
- runny nose
- shortness of breath
- sinus congestion
- skin rashes
Mold allergy symptoms can be prevented in a number of ways such as closing your windows in the evening and staying indoors after it rains. Additionally, it helps to keep the house ventilated and dry.
Preventing Mold Growth
Maintaining the control of moisture levels within the home is the best way to prevent mold growth. It’s best to keep your indoor humidity level between 30% and 50% as well. The best way to ensure the safety and well-being of your family is by contacting Florida Inspections Unlimited and having us perform a thorough mold inspection of your Miami home. For more information call us at 305-910-1171.