Mold in homes can be a costly and dangerous problem, particularly when infestations of toxic black mold occur. The symptoms and health effects of black mold exposure and poisoning cover a wide range of health problems, but understanding the indicators can help keep you and your family safe.
The Biggest Threats to a Healthy Home
Toxic black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum, can release spores as it feeds on organic materials in common household materials like drywall, carpet, insulation or sub-flooring that have been exposed to moisture. These spores, if ingested or inhaled, can cause a range of unpleasant and even dangerous symptoms in humans.
The most common black mold symptoms affect the respiratory system. Chronic coughing and sneezing, irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat, rashes, chronic fatigue and persistent headaches can all be symptomatic of black mold exposure or black mold poisoning.
In particularly severe cases of prolonged exposure, black mold health effects can be more dangerous. Often compounded by allergic reaction to the black mold spores, these symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, and bleeding in the lungs and nose.
In Huntington, New York, 37-year-old Dana Anhalt had been growing sicker and sicker. She almost lost the ability to walk or use her hands. Sometimes, the professional artist weighed as little as 70 pounds.
"I became ravaged by excruciating joint pain," Anhalt wrote. "My symptom list stretched to four single-spaced pages. I started fading fast as every system of my body broke down."
Her mysterious and severe symptoms stumped doctors for years. They diagnosed her with everything from Lyme disease to Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. Only recently did they identify an important piece of the puzzle.
Anhalt had been living in a home infested with black mold. The fungal growth — along with other chemicals in her environment — set off a rare but terrible reaction. Experts discovered Anhalt had several genetic defects preventing her body from recognizing the foreign substances, causing severe inflammation and pain.
Doctors ordered her to move out of her home immediately and leave everything behind.
Black mold is dangerous. Black mold exposure and black mold poisoning can cause a wide range of health problems, some of them severe like in Anhalt’s case. Understanding black mold symptoms can help you and your family identify them and take swift action to protect your health and your home.
It's important to note that if you have black mold, it doesn't mean that it is stachybotris or toxic mold. Mold comes in a variety of colors and any mold can be toxic (stachybotris being one of the most toxic) if they are at elevated levels in a property. The only way to know what type of mold is present and at what levels is with testing. This can be done with a tape or swab testing and air testing.
If you suspect you have black mold in your home, call the experts at Sage Restoration to ensure the toxic elements are properly remediated. Many individuals try to remove the mold on their own using a wide array of vinegar-based recipes, but with black mold removal, it is best to not DIY.
WHY CHOOSE SAGE FOR BLACK MOLD REMOVAL
Because You’re Not a Number – We Respond Immediately
Mold spreads quickly, so a minor mold infestation can quickly escalate into a major problem. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.
Because We Specialize in Mold Remediation
We are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your home or business back to normal, with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs.
Because We Use Advanced Mold Remediation Techniques and Equipment
Our initial focus is to stop the source of water feeding the mold and isolate the affected area using a negative air pressure chamber. We invest in ongoing mold remediation training and the latest equipment to serve you better.
Black mold is a serious issue. Contact Sage Restoration today if you suspect black mold in your home. And please contact your physician if you believe you are experiencing symptoms due to mold. #ServiceWithCompassion