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How Different Types of Mold Can Affect Your Health

Posted in Blog | Mold Inspection on March 30th, 2016 by Ian Stevens

There are different types of mold and understanding what they are can help you avoid them. Mold is a common problem in many homes that flourishes in moist, humid and warm environments. Here are the main types of mold you should know about:

  • Penicillium: its appearance is green or blue and most typically located on damaged materials.
  • Cladosporium: you’ll find this one on wood and fabrics. It has the ability to grow in warm and cold environments.
  • Aspergillus: this type is found indoors in building materials, powdery food products and dust.
  • Alternaria: this one can be found under sinks, showers and other damp indoor locations.

How mold affects our health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that “Mold exposure does not always present a health problem indoors”. However, you must keep in mind that certain people are more sensitive to mold than others. Here are the different ways that mold can negatively impact the health of an individual:

  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy throat
  • Itchy nose
  • Runny/blocked nose

Furthermore, those with asthma are at an increased risk of an allergic reaction. An environment that is high in mold can trigger the different asthma symptoms. The type of negative health effects an individual suffers will depend on the type of mold that is present. Some types can cause lung scarring and infection. For example, aspergillus can result in bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, which leads to breathing problems. Those who are most at risk will have weak respiratory and immune systems as a result of chronic conditions.

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