Water damage can happen at any time. Burst pipe, blocked drain, broken water heater, heavy rain, snow melt problems, natural disaster, or just accidentally leaving the sink running can all happen. If the damage is not investigated and dealt quickly, mold will grow, almost before your eyes.
Bathrooms are particularly suited to mold growth due to humidity and all the plumbing. When you have mold, side-effects can show up months later, sometimes just days later, depending on its location, what type it is, and your ability to handle the spores. Mold side-effects cause a large number of ailments. We’ll cover the more serious ones.
Meanwhile, if mold strikes – or you even think it may be a possibility – contact professional mold remediation experts.
One telltale sign that mold is becoming a problem is when you notice your allergies, or those of your loved ones, increasing. This is the most common side-effect people experience. Mold releases spores into the air that you then inhale. The effects can appear gradually even as it spreads quickly through your vents, making cleanup much harder.
Just like allergies, the primary side-effects of mold affect the respiratory system. Sinusitis is caused by mold spores being taken into your sinuses where they cause an allergic reaction. Those sinuses are in pairs: behind the eyes, inside the cheekbones, between your eyes, and in the ethmoid (a bone separating the nasal cavity from the brain). Inflammation from mold causes sinuses to close. You feel pressure in the area and hope it will ease quickly.
Digestive side-effects are relatively uncommon, simply because mold spores have to be ingested. But if you have kids, this is well within the realms of possibility. They touch things and then put their fingers in their mouths. Some people may experience cramping, vomiting, dehydration, and diarrhea. Left untreated, serious illness can occur.
Extrinsic Allergy Alveolitis
When mold side-effects hit the lungs, take special care in treatment. EAA (also known as Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis) is caused by inhaling mold spores into the lungs, which are designed to filter out bacteria and foreign bodies like pet dander, grains, etc. Prolonged exposure will cause lungs to be less effective in their filtration duties.
For those with allergies, things can be much worse if mold triggers an asthmatic response. Mold spores can enter the lungs and cause a reaction that constricts the airways. These mold side-effects can hinder respiration in ways that can be quite dangerous for some.
Undetected and untreated side-effects of mold can cause other problems. Lung fibrosis is one as mold spores attach to the lungs and form colonies of mycotoxins. Left untreated, lung fibrosis is a possibility that can cause severe respiratory difficulties.
What to Do
Prevention is better than cure, obviously. Get your place checked over by professionals. If mold has afflicted your home, remediation professionals are the only choice for getting rid of it permanently. Don’t do it yourself, especially if you are already experiencing some mold side-effects.
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