Mold is a form of fungus that grows both indoors and outdoors and thrives in warm, damp, and humid environments. There are over a thousand different varieties of indoor mold. Most health problems related to mold exposure arise when there is a build-up of high concentrations of indoor mold.
Mold spreads by generating spores. Spores are able to survive for long periods even in harsh, dry environments in which mold itself could not grow. Mold spores are invisible to the eye and can become airborne.
Mold travels in numerous ways, including through open doors and windows and through air conditioning, heating, and ventilation systems. It can be carried indoors on shoes and clothing or brought inside by pets.
Mold illness, then, is a general term we use to refer to the illness brought on by exposure to the toxic substances found in water-damaged buildings. Other names commonly used in the medical literature for this illness include Sick Building Syndrome and Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.
The types of responses to exposure vary, including:
Infectious: Most commonly respiratory and nasal passages.
Allergic/hypersensitive; which are typically histamine related.
Toxic/inflammatory, more serious reactions from mold, bacteria and chemicals in water damaged buildings.
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If you feel you may have been exposed to mold, give our office a call and we will assist you in your diagnosis, treatment and recovery.