Mold Health Effects
If you have mold in your home, you should have experts come to remove it as soon as possible. Some biologic contaminants trigger allergic reactions, including hypersensitivity, pneumonitis, allergic rhinitis, and some types of asthma. Infectious illnesses, such as influenza, measles, and chicken pox are also transmitted through the air. Molds and mildews release disease-causing toxins. Symptoms of health problems caused by biologic pollutants include sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, shortness of breath, dizziness, lethargy, fever, and digestive problems.
Allergic reactions occur only after repeated exposure to a specific biological allergen. However, that reaction may occur immediately upon re-exposure or after multiple exposures over time. As a result, people who have noticed only mild allergic reactions, or no reactions at all, may suddenly find themselves very sensitive to particular allergens.
Some diseases, like humidifier fever, are associated with exposure to toxins from microorganisms that can grow in large building ventilation systems. However, these diseases can also be traced to microorganisms that grow in home heating and cooling systems and humidifiers. Children, elderly people, and people with breathing problems, allergies, and lung diseases are particularly susceptible to disease-causing biological agents in the indoor air.
Mold, dust mites, pet dander, and pest droppings can trigger asthma. Biologic contaminants, including molds and pollens, can cause allergic reactions in a significant portion of the population. Tuberculosis, measles, staphylococcus infections, Legionella and influenza are all known to be transmitted by air.
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