Black Mold – A Potentially Serious Risk to Health

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Black Mold – A Potentially Serious Risk to Health

Indoor molds are surfacing as one of the 21st century's first biological wars – they occur in homes, apartments, schools, workplaces and more. Growing concern over indoor air quality, combined with awareness through the media about several high profile mold infestations, have alerted the public to the potential health risk associated with molds. Approximately 100 species of mold are toxic, and about 15 are known to cause negative health effects in humans as well as animals.

Currently the label of “Black Mold” and its association with toxins is causing uncertainty, panic, fear, litigation, questions and concerns. The toxins produced by molds are called mycotoxins. It is need of the hour that the seriousness of mold infestations should be understood. Myths must be put to rest, and the truth must be faced with optimism to eradicate indoor mold, and to reduce the number of spores in an infested dwelling.

Black mold is the notorious type of fungi, which grows on surfaces in a powdery form. It grows in moist environment and moderate temperature. They are hazardous, because they can grow on walls, clothes, shoes, food, woodwork, and even in air conditioners. Humidity is a vital factor for the growth of mold and if it is restricted, molds can be controlled.

Black mold is considered dangerous for health because it releases (VOC) Volatile Organic Compounds, while degrading the surface for its own nutrition. A long term exposure to High Volatile Compounds, can severely damage the respiratory and central nervous system and cause throat irritation.

Some of the symptoms associated with black mold exposure and poisoning include; difficulty in breathing, headache, persistent coughing, skin rashes, nausea and high level or prolonged exposure can also lead to infertility of the person exposed.

Mold can be controlled by making the environment unfavorable for its growth and survival. Lack of moisture can keep mold at bay; be vigilant in ensuring there is no water leakage, broken water pipeline or condensation problem. Air conditioners and air ventilation system not cleaned regularly, can become the hub for mold, and are an excellent mode for its dispersal throughout the house. They should be cleaned regularly. Bathrooms are most prone to molds. Bleach should be used to wash the tiles and appliances to prevent mold growth. Taking such preventive

Exposure to molds though dangerous, can be avoided. Use safety measures to ensure moisture control indoors, and proper cleaning can restrain it.

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