Black Mold Symptoms
Before we discuss black mold symptoms it is important to
understand what toxic black mold is and what causes it. It belongs to a genus of
fungi known as Stachybotrys that has about 50 different species in its family.
The two most dangerous species are know as S. chartarum and S. chlorohalonata
and if they are left untreated can become very toxic to humans and household
These molds grow best in cellulose materials such as wood or paper that are
exposed dark, damp environments. Water damaged homes and buildings are most
susceptible but anywhere there is excess moisture can harbor these dangerous
spores. A leaky toilet or sink that’s leaking into the spaces between walls or
floors can lead to an unknown outbreak of black mold. Areas with humidity higher
than 55 to 60 percent are also at an increased risk for mold problems.
Unfortunately for many people they don’t know they have a problem until they
begin to experience the symptoms of black mold. If your home has had any kind of
water damage or moisture problem it is imperative that you keep a wary eye for
any signs of a Stachybotrys problem.
Many people do not even realize they have a toxic mold issue until someone in
their home keeps getting sick. And even then the symptoms may be seem more like
a cold, sinus infection, allergies, or asthma that they spend more time going to
the doctor then trying to find the cause of the illness.
The type of symptoms and how they manifest are largely dependent on the length
one is exposed to, how much they have inhaled, ingested, or been in physical
contact with the Stachybotrys toxins. Common symptoms include chronic fatigue,
headaches, eye irritation, irritation of the mucous membranes of the mouth,
throat and nose, and chronic sneezing, coughing, and rashes.
The symptoms in severe cases tend to be extreme and include nausea, vomiting,
and even worse bleeding in the nose and lungs. Those with allergic reactions
will also find these other symptoms to be exacerbated.
Not only are human symptoms to be watched for but the home or building with
black mold will exhibit it own set of symptoms. In fact this problem is often
called sick building syndrome, particularly when it affects large buildings such
as apartments or offices.
The first signs most people notice is unusual odors or a musty smell. This does
not mean that black mold is present but it does mean that a test for the fungi
should be undertaken. The problem is you may never see actual signs of mold
because it tends to grow in dark hidden places people don’t normally go or look
at. If you notice odd smells when the air conditioning is running then you may
already have a serious problem.
More extreme cases may begin to show visible signs of growth. Stachybotrys mold
has a greenish tint that will cause yellow stains to start appearing on the
inside walls of houses and buildings. The stain will start underneath the paint
or wall paper and if severe enough will cause the paint to peel off the wall
because of all the excess moisture. One way to check walls for black mold is to
use a black light and shine it on the walls. A yellow glow in an indication that
mold is growing in the wall.
Black mold symptoms, whether in family members or the building itself, should be
taken very seriously. Immediate action needs to be taken to remedy the situation
and protect loved ones and valuable property from the affects of these
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Black mold has become an increasing health risk in our
society as more and more people are exposed to it affects. In fact a 1999 Mayo
Clinic Study showed that almost all chronic sinus infections resulted from an
exposure to molds and a 1999 USA Today Cover Story reported that the asthma rate
has increased almost 300% due to molds.
Black Mold Pictures
Black mold is its more well known name and if you look at pictures of it you can
see just how damaging and disgusting it is.
How to Prevent Mold in Basements and Crawlspaces
If you are going to have a mold problem in your home the most likely place
you’ll find it is in your basement or crawlspace. The reasons are quite simple;
the vast majority of basements and crawl spaces are damp and lack good air
circulation. Add in the fact that many of these below ground spaces are used as
storage areas which tends to exacerbate any mold problems you may have.
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