Mold is a term used for many types of fungi that are found both indoors and outdoors. Most often, mold goes hand in hand with musty odors, damp basements, water leaks, and soggy drywall. As you can imagine, you don’t want to find these fuzzy patches growing in your home. However, what you may not realize is that mold isn’t just unpleasant, it can also be harmful to your health. That’s why our team at Inspecticore always recommends a mold inspection in addition to your home inspection when you’re considering buying a new home. Read on to learn about the health effects of prolonged mold exposure.

Health Effects from Prolonged Mold Exposure

Skin Irritation

One of the least intrusive symptoms of mold exposure is skin rashes. Although it’s not necessarily a serious side effect, it can begin as an irritating condition and develop into something much worse.

Respiratory Issues

The severity of effects from mold exposure varies from person to person, so people with allergies may be more sensitive than others. Those with severe mold allergies will most likely experience more severe symptoms, including shortness of breath. Mold exposure may also worsen asthma or lung problems in people with preexisting lung conditions. And children exposed to mold have a much higher risk of developing asthma.

Sinus Problems

Along with the respiratory system, your sinuses are also susceptible to mold-induced effects. Living in a home with unpleasant mildew hidden throughout can lead to a chronic stuffy nose and constant red or itchy eyes.

Flu-Like Symptoms

Homeowners with weakened immune systems, such as those with uncontrolled HIV, transplant patients, or those undergoing cancer treatment, can be extremely sensitive to a mold problem. Not only can it complicate their current condition, but it can also cause flu-like symptoms such as fever and headache.

Don’t risk living with a mold problem in your new home. Contact the professionals at Inspecticore in Long Island by calling (516) 524-0673 for any questions regarding our mold testing services. You can also conveniently schedule a mold inspection online today.

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