There is a wide variability in how people are affected by mold exposure. People who may be affected more severely and quickly than others include:
- Infants and children
- Elderly people
- Pregnant women
- Individuals with respiratory conditions or allergies and asthma
- Persons with weakened immune systems (for example, chemotherapy patients, organ or bone marrow transplant recipients, and people with HIV infections or autoimmune diseases)
When Toxic Mold begins to dry the toxic spores produce to carry out the next generation of toxic mold, which is poisonous to human bodies. If a location becomes infected with toxic mold there is constant toxic mold threat and no one should live, work in or occupy that area.
Possible Signs of Toxic Mold
- Respiratory problems—wheezing, difficulty in breathing
- Nasal and sinus congestion
- Eyes-burning, watery, reddened, blurry vision, light sensitivity
- Dry, hacking cough
- Sore throat
- Nose and throat irritation
- Shortness of breath and lung disease
- Chronic fatigue
- Skin irritation
- Central nervous system problems (constant headaches, loss of memory, and mood changes)
- Aches and pains
- Immune suppression
The ill effects of molds generally break down into 4 categories that include allergies, infections, irritations, and toxicities. Allergies. Allergies are probably the most common reaction to contact with molds. The reactions can run the spectrum, from very mild and temporary reactions to acute, chronic illness. According to The Institute of Medicine :
- 1 in 5 Americans suffer from allergic rhinitis , the most common chronic disease in humans.
- 1 in 9 Americans suffer from allergy-related sinusitis.
- 1 in 10 Americans have allergic-related asthma.
- 1 in 11 Americans experience allergic dermatitis.
- Less than 1 in 100 Americans suffer from serious chronic allergic diseases.