5 Common Health Risks That Mold Removal Can Prevent

Posted on: April 3, 2015 | By: Michael T. | mold & mildew clean up, Mold and Fungus, mold inspection, Mold inspection California, Mold Inspection San Francisco, mold insurance, mold prevention, mold remediation, Mold Remediation San Francisco, mold removal, mold testing

5 Common Health Risks That Mold Removal Can Prevent

More than 80 percent of Bay Area residents suffer mold exposure daily. Mold grows in moist areas, such as ceiling tiles, carpets, furniture, roofing, shower stalls, basements, under sinks, paneling and any damp places in the home. According to Medicine Net, if left to grow unhindered, mold can quickly infest your property and cause major health problems, particularly to the respiratory system.

window-mold-2Mold permeating your house puts your family or tenants in danger. Mold releases invisible spores into the air, which enter the respiratory tract. Prolonged exposure causes chronic health issues. If you need a San Francisco mold cleanup team with 15 years of fungi experience, call San Francisco Flood Repair at 415-529-5637. We are available 24/7 for advice.

Below are five common health problems associated with mold:

1. Allergies

The Mayo Clinic tells us that mold triggers allergies among people with sensitive immune systems. When you inhale mold spores, your body produces histamine to fight them. This reaction causes watery eyes, sneezing, itchiness, runny nose and other symptoms of allergies.

2. Sinusitis

Mold causes widespread sinusitis. Mold spores irritate the sinus cavities, causing fever, headaches, coughs, excess mucus, postnasal drip and other symptoms.

3. Fever

Some people develop chronic reactions to invading mold spores, and fever is among them. High body temperature indicates a potential emergency, and occasionally those with a high fever may struggle to breathe, as well.

4. Asthma

People with asthma typically suffer worse symptoms after exposure to mold, as the spores trigger frequent asthma attacks. Some mold varieties, such as the toxic black mold, produce mycotoxins that irritate the air passages of susceptible individuals.

5. Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis

The Institute of Medicine conducted a study in 2004 that linked mold to hypersensitivity pneumonitis, a rare condition among immune-repressed individuals. While similar to pneumonia, mold sensitivities typically trigger this condition, and in most cases, development only requires brief exposure.

Other health problems also associated with mold include shortness of breath, gastrointestinal upset, immune weakening, fatigue, depression, hallucinations, anxiety, headaches, memory loss, and joint and muscle pain. The longer your exposure to mold spores, the higher your risk of developing health problems.

Professional Mold Cleanup in San Francisco

Mold remediation requires a qualified team of microbial investigators, air quality managers, physicians and mechanical ventilation engineers. Call the professional and experienced team of San Francisco Flood Repair at 415-529-5637 to assess the extent of your mold infestation.