Health Risks Associated with Delayed Mold Removal

Health Risks Associated with Delayed Mold Removal

Molds are an important part of the natural ecosystem, helping break down organic matter into useable forms that can be recycled back into the system. However, when mold takes up residence inside a building, such as a home or office space, it can cause significant health problems for the exposed individuals. If detected and treated early, most molds can be easily removed with bleach solutions. However, if it is allowed to grow untreated, removal becomes much more difficult and can manifest its presence in a number of different physical symptoms, including:

Nasal and Sinus Irritation

Mold is made of tiny spores which are inhaled by the individuals who come near it. Common allergic reactions to these irritants include nasal and sinus congestion or a runny nose. If you seem to have a persistent cold, you may be experiencing an allergic reaction to mold.


Persistent sneezing is a common manifestation of an allergic reaction. When the mold spores are inhaled into your lungs, your body attempts to expel them in a sneeze.

Eye Irritation

Itchy, watery eyes may occur alone or, more commonly, with other symptoms of mold allergies.

Respiratory Irritation

Wheezing, difficulty breathing, and tightness in the chest may occur at different levels of severity. In extremely allergic individuals, these symptoms may be prominent and severe. People living with mold are also at higher risk for respiratory infections and bronchitis.

Throat Irritation

A swollen or scratchy throat may occur after a prolonged period of breathing in mold spores.

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Mild headaches, such as are common with spring and fall allergies, are experienced by some individuals after prolonged exposure to spores.

Asthma Attacks

While mold does not cause asthma, it can make some existing asthmatics experience worse symptoms.

Due to its health risks, which affect some people more severely than others, mold should always be eliminated promptly and steps taken to prevent its occurrence (such as reducing the humidity). For small outbreaks, bleach solutions or home chemicals may be sufficient. But if the outbreak is large or has been rooted for a long time, particularly in the walls or ceilings, professional help is needed.

If you have a mold outbreak, take care of your health immediately. Call us today at 1-866-920-MOLD (920-6653) to schedule an inspection.

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