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Health Concerns with Mold Exposure

Oct 12, 2022 3:37:00 PM / by Tiffany Byrne

Health Concerns with Mold Exposure


Mold emits spores and chemicals as part of its normal life cycle. Individuals near and around  Mold may exhibit health-concerning reactions.  These spores from Mold are microscopic and once airborne can be inhaled easily.  These spores may contain allergens and can cause serious irritation in the nose, throat, and respiratory tract. 

Common allergic reactions include but are not limited to:

  • Sneezing
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Coughing
  • Skin Rashes
  • Asthma attacks
  • Eye Irritation

In addition to allergens, mold can emit Microbiological Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOC’s).  These chemicals usually have a very strong and unpleasant odor and can be associated with that musty smell that many individuals equate to Mold.  These chemicals are released into the air and can also cause serious health concerns.

Common reactions to MOVC’S

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

Molds can also produce toxic substances called Mycotoxins.  Mycotoxins can be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin.  Mycotoxins are potent, toxic chemicals that can cause significant health problems.

Mycotoxins can affect the following:

  • Central Nervous System
  • Immune System
  • Respiratory System
  • Digestive System

Mold comes up quite often during a real estate transaction.  In some cases, Sellers have mold, didn't know that even had mold, and said they live with it and they have no health concerns.  There is a reason why mold is not federally regulated.  Health concerns regarding mold depend on the person themselves.  Mold is like peanuts, you may be allergic to mold but I may be fine. If the seller is fine with mold, the buyer may not be. 

Curren Environmental, Inc. can inspect your residential or commercial property, help define the cause of the mold and offer a solution with both mold remediation and mold prevention. 

Call for Mold Questions.

For more information on Mold visit please visit Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.        

Tiffany Byrne

Written by Tiffany Byrne

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