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Sick Building Syndrome

Posted in Blog | Indoor Air Quality on December 7th, 2017 by Hunter Adams

Sick building syndrome isn’t as familiar to most people as a cold or the flu, but it can cause many of the same symptoms. The problem with sick building syndrome is that it won’t go away on its own, at least not until the problems in the building are resolved. Learn more about this health concern and how it may be impacting you.


What is Sick Building Syndrome?


Sick building syndrome, also called building-related illness, is a sickness caused by exposure to chemical and/or physical agents within a building. You might experience symptoms at work or at home. Those in older buildings often notice more symptoms, especially if the building contains asbestos, lead, or other dangerous chemicals. Mold growth can also cause the symptoms of sick building syndrome, so you might feel worse in a building following a flood or leak.


Worsening Breathing  Conditions


If you currently suffer from asthma, COPD, or other breathing conditions, sick building syndrome can make these ailments worse. The presence of certain contaminants, such as mold, mildew, cigarette smoke, chemical gasses, and even some types of plants, can all affect the indoor air quality.


Some people are more sensitive to these types of contaminants in the air, while others might live or work in the same structure without experiencing symptoms. Common symptoms of sick building syndrome include headaches, congestion, sore throats, nausea, cough, dizziness, fatigue, muscle discomfort, and nosebleeds. If the symptoms tend to disappear when you leave work or home, you could be suffering from sick building syndrome.


The best way to protect yourself and those around you from this illness is to have a professional come in to test the indoor air quality. At MD Mold Testing, we offer testing and inspection services for mold, asbestos, soil, radon, water, and lead, ensuring that your building is safe and healthy for use.