If you live in a humid area you are very liable to experience health risks related to toxic mold. As explained in this article, Black Mold is a greenish-black fungi found worldwide that colonizes particularly well in high-cellulose material such as straw, hay, wet leaves, dry wall, carpet, wall paper, fiber-board, ceiling tiles, thermal insulation, etc. The fungus, before drying, is wet and slightly slimy to touch.
This is one of the toxic molds and it is one of the main contributors to mold-related health risks. This type of fungus does not grow on plastic, vinyl, concrete products, or ceramic tiles. Neither is it found in the green mold on bread or in the black mold on shower tiles.
Black mold often occurs in areas where flooding has taken place, but also sights of minor water leaks, condensation, and water releases. To some people exposure to Black mold will merely present a health risk, but to others it could be fatal.
The 10 most common health risks associated with toxic mold are:
1. pulmonary hemorrhage or pulmonary hemosiderosis (primarily in infants)
2. nose bleeds
3. immune system suppression (resulting in increasing numbers of infections)
4. hair loss
6. chronic fatigue
7. psychological depression
9. sore throats
10. headaches and other flu-like symptoms
The only method to determine the type of mold present is by sample analysis by a laboratory. Be aware of your health concerns. If symptoms like any of these are persistent look into a mold problem around your home.
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