When you think of mold, you think about a slimy, or hairy, organism that emerges from the gaps of kitchen, and bathroom tiles. These molds usually come in colors of green, black, and yellow; many people think that these microorganisms do not do much harm because of their appearance, but molds are one of the causes of respiratory infections.
Mold is a type of fungi that manifests in dark, humid, and moist spaces of a home. In order for them to reproduce, mold spores are diffused, and travel via air. They land on places that are suitable to their liking, and from there the process continues. Microorganism circulating around the air sounds harmless, but in reality, these spores can cause serious health complications if not treated immediately.
Molds have three types; these molds are classified by the way they attack a human’s system. The first one is called, allergenic molds. Allergenic molds are not life-threatening, but can be irritable to sensitive people. Itching, sneezing, and eye irritation are some of the symptoms one might experience after being exposed to this mold. Children who are exposed to allergens develop mold allergies in the future. The next type of mold is called, pathogenic molds. Pathogenic molds affects your immune system, and are able to grow in the lungs; they may lead to various respiratory diseases such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Lastly, toxic molds; these molds are the ones you should look out for. Toxic molds produce mycotoxins, a chemical present in molds spores, which create serious health effects on anyone who has been fully exposed.
One way to detect if you have been infected by mold infestations, is to monitor yourself. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it might be best to contact professionals that perform mold remediation in your home.
Take mold infestation seriously; their presence pollutes the air you breathe – slowly making you sick.
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