Symptoms of Mold Poisoning

Symptoms of Mold Poisoning

Mold is all around us, in every environment, building, park and home. It’s a naturally occurring part of biology and while several types of mold in microscopic amounts are not harmful to humans, there are other types that wreak havoc on our immune systems, especially if you are allergic to mold.

Mold poisoning is different than an allergic reaction to mold. As with other allergic reactions, allergy symptoms from mold can include wheezing, itchy and watery eyes, a rash, runny rose and coughing. Mold poisoning or more severe reactions to mold include symptoms like a fever and shortness of breath. People with asthma, respiratory illnesses or continued exposure to high levels of mold are more likely to have severe symptoms and reactions to mold.

Treating Mold Exposure

If you, a co-worker or a family member is experiencing any symptoms of mold poisoning, he or she should see a general health care doctor immediately. Based on the symptoms, he or she may be referred to a specialist like an allergist or a doctor who specializes in infectious disease. Mold can cause infections in the lungs and may require a pulmonary physician, as well. The longer mold sickness goes undetected and untreated, the more mold can grow in your system and continue to make you sick.

There are many studies linking mold symptoms and sickness to lung damage, brain damage and some cancers. As mold grows in the body it creates poisons called myotoxins. These myotixins differ based on the type of mold that was present and inhaled, however all myotoxins feed of the body and multiply until they are treated.

Eliminate the Problem

If mold is detected, there is a multi-step process that will need to happen to prevent mold poisoning in others. You’ll first need an in-depth inspection of the property exterior to identify any possibly moisture intrusion sources, since moisture intrusion is the primary culprit of inside mold. Then you’ll need an interior inspection to evaluate the moisture, humidity and presence of mold in the building. Swab tests and air samples will be collected and sent to a lab to determine what is present.

To remediate mold, all contaminated areas will be sealed off and “quarantined” from non-contaminated areas. This prevents mold spores from spreading as they are cleaned. Any compromised and contaminated materials that cannot be salvaged will also be sealed and disposed of properly. Areas that are contaminated but can be treated will be thoroughly cleaned and scrubbed. After cleaning, the area will be HEPA vacuumed and re-tested to ensure air quality is at acceptable levels.

Leaders in Mold Remediation

If you suspect you or a family member is experiencing mold poisoning, or you have found mold in your home, it’s important to call professionals immediately. MicroZyme Technologies responds to your initial phone call within 48 hours and is available 24/7. We specialize in residential and commercial indoor air quality testing and mold remediation. We’ve even developed our own organic solution to break down mold spores and help prevent them from returning. Call (866) 920-6653 today to test and clear the air.