The Dangers of Black Mold in Your Home
The truth is, many people aren’t negatively affected by mold. However, mold can cause allergies in some people who are sensitive to mold. In these cases, it can make their lives miserable. Mold can also cause severe medical issues with a small percentage of people who have other health complications.
If you’ve seen a concerning growth in your home or been told that you have a black mold issue, you probably have a lot of questions.
What Exactly is Black Mold?
Mycotoxins are poisons produced by some members of the fungi kingdom. (i.e. “eating a poison mushroom can make you sick.”) You may have heard of the term “mycotoxins” because it often gets mentioned in articles about mold, as mold is a member of the fungi kingdom. Mycotoxins produced by mold are what set off allergic reactions to mold in some people.
Since almost all types of mold produce mycotoxins that can cause allergies in certain people who are sensitive, serious mold professionals are trying to move away from the focus on black mold, and move toward the mantra that “no mold, no matter what color, belongs in a healthy home.”
Black mold is the common name for a certain type of mold called “Stachybotrys,” which is thought to be particularly harmful to a person’s health.
Stachybotrys is commonly known as “black mold” because it’s black in color. We see black mold most often when there is flooding or water damage, such as attics, basements, bathrooms, and kitchens.
Health Concerns That Can Result From Black Mold
According to the EPA, various types of mold can cause health problems for some people. Also, the CDC states that various types of mold may cause health symptoms, to consult with a doctor if symptoms persist, and that no color or type of mold belongs in a building.
How toxic is black mold?
Many of us have heard of the dangers of “toxic black mold” and may worry about black mold poisoning, but the truth is that black mold is a much more manageable problem than you might expect.
When you understand what you’re dealing with, you can make informed choices to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy. We’re here to cut through the mess and help you understand what having black mold in your home may mean, and give you some tips on how to fix the problem yourself and save big money in the process.
It has never been scientifically proven that black mold is any more harmful than other types and colors of mold.
Black mold allergies
Only a small percentage of people are especially sensitive to mold (severe allergic reactions).
Most horror stories come from people with severe, prolonged exposure to mold (such as a heavily moldy basement that they live with for years) while most situations are small areas of mold growth that get cleaned up rather quickly.
We know that black mold, along with many other types and colors of mold, can trigger severe allergies (in some people who are sensitive):
- Stuffy head
- Itchy eyes
- Sinus issues, etc.
Living with allergies like that is awful and miserable. So in that sense, black mold can certainly make some people very sick.
Sick Building Syndrome
Sick Building Syndrome is when your building has mold and it causes you to feel constantly sick and like you have allergies. Mold, along with other problems such as radon, Chinese drywall, etc., can cause Sick Building Syndrome. Suffering through Sick Building Syndrome is a terrible way to live, and we wouldn’t wish it upon our worst enemy!
Can black mold kill you or cause cancer?
If you search the internet, you’ll find a lot of information about the severe health risks that black mold can cause. From cancer, to seizure and more. On the internet, black mold seems highly dangerous.
Black mold has not been scientifically proven to cause cancer. But we know that it can cause major health problems in some people, such as pneumonia, that can lead to death if you can’t recover from it. However, lots of other illnesses (colds, flus, various infections) can lead to pneumonia. So we think the talk about black mold being especially dangerous is an unfair connection to make.
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