Mold Allergies

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Mold Allergies Issues

Most people who call for a mold inspection do so because they have detected a moldy odor in their home or business or because someone is experiencing unexplained allergy symptoms. They may even have seen evidence of mold infestation in moist, humid areas of their home. Whatever the stated reason for the call, it is usually made because the caller has concerns about health or property values.

Generally, mold allergies issues are not serious, but they can be very stressful, and there are ongoing studies conducted to determine whether long-term exposure to mold can result in more serious illnesses. Common symptoms people suffer from include runny nose, sinus infections, asthma, and headaches. Some experts believe that molds can be toxic enough to cause memory loss and even cancer and birth defects.

Reduce or Eliminate Mold Allergies Issues

The first step in reducing or eliminating health problems related to mold infestations is to recognize that there may be enough mold in an environment to cause discomfort or illness. Many people suffer from symptoms for years, believing their problem to be more generalized, undiagnosed allergies. If the symptoms get worse in humid weather or persist for several months or years, looking into the possibility of a mold infestation is a good idea.

It is a mistake to assume that there is no mold infestation because one cannot be seen. Getting a mold inspection is the first step in determining whether mold is at the root of physical allergy-like symptoms that cannot be explained any other way. Your mold inspector will ask questions, do a thorough visual inspection, and usually take samples from your home or business for testing in a microbiology lab. Once the findings are final, you will get a report that details your options for remediating the problem.

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