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Mold Exposure Dangers and Solutions - 5 Experts Share Their Advice
We’ve asked the biggest mold experts around the country to collab with us and make a helpful guide on the dangers of mold exposure and how to resolve it.
How to Know if You're Exposed to Mold
There are several signs you should look out for. Generally, the most common ones include visible signs of dark spots on surfaces like walls, moldy smell, constant feelings of fatigue and sickness, and property damage.
Read signs of mold presence in homes for more information.
Let’s now get into the dangers of mold exposure and how to fix it. We’ll feature 5 experts and their answers to the following questions:
- What are the dangers of mold exposure?
- What should a person do to resolve their mold problem?
1. Mold Can Cause Allergic Reactions and Can Also Trigger Asthma
“Mold can cause allergic reactions in some people such as coughing, wheezing, skin rash, sore throat, nasal congestion, and red/itchy eyes. The presence of mold in a home can also trigger asthma.
2. The First Step to Resolve a Mold Problem is to Find a Moisture Source
“The first step to resolve any mold problem is to find the source of the moisture and fix it. The next step is to remove the mold. Some materials may need to be discarded and replaced.
For surfaces that need to be cleaned, such as wood framing, the focus should be on mold removal. Many people mistakenly believe that the mold just needs to be killed, but dead mold is also an allergen.
Use a product such as an oxygen bleach (not chlorine bleach) that will help clean below the surface and remove the mold spores. This should be combined with scrubbing to remove all visible presence of mold.
Because of the dangers involved in mold remediation, it is usually recommended to have large amounts of mold removed by a trained professional. Finally, be sure to treat all surfaces with a mold or moisture barrier to prevent future mold growth.”
Genevieve Lewis, HomeWood Solutions LLC
1. Molds Produce Toxins Called Mycotoxins
“Molds produce mycotoxins. Mycotoxins coming from toxic molds such as Aspergillus and Stachybotrys can wreak havoc on human health by disrupting healthy cellular function.
When the level of mycotoxins exceeds the body’s ability to detox them, health ramifications can include complications such as reduced immune function, autoimmunity, chronic fatigue, cognitive decline, anxiety and depression, neurological impairment, and more.
Some people have a genetic predisposition to not being able to detox mold toxins and run a high risk of developing a complex, multi-system condition known as CIRS (chronic inflammatory response syndrome).
Based on my experience, this is most common in those with significant acute or ongoing exposure and a history of other epigenetic factors such as other illnesses, poor lifestyle habits, and trauma of all kinds.”
2. 10 Steps You Should Follow
“I feel the steps involved in resolving mold illness are as follows:
- Identify and remove sources of environmental molds and initiate appropriate testing to assess levels in the body
- Optimize elimination and support drainage and detox pathways
- Bring on mold binders
- Quell mast cell activity and inflammation
- Calm the mind and nervous system
- Rest the circadian clock
- Optimize detoxification pathways
- Address chronic pathogens, particularly parasites
- Heal and seal the gut
- Rewire the mind and nervous system for wellness
Note, these steps are not in exact order and some need to take place simultaneously.”
1. Risks are Very High
“In our area, the main complaint of exposure to mold has been allergies. Two to three clients a year have advanced mold toxicity and have been hospitalized.
Those are the emotionally harsh sites once they come home and continue to get healthy. It just makes the work worth all the tough times.“
2. Do Not Try to Clean it Yourself
“Call a professional. The worse thing you can do is try to solve it yourself and exacerbate the issue.”
Andrew Wood, The Mold Man LLC
1. Inflammation and Disease
“Mast Cell activation + an up-regulated biotoxin pathway which is a perfect storm for inflammation and dis-ease.”
2. Eliminate the Water Source
“First, find the water source and remediate. Then find a mold-literate consultant and health practitioner to make sure you get well.”
Carli Kilgore, Wellness by Carli
1. Lungs are at Risk too
Mold can also cause “respiratory and nervous system problems”.
2. Consult a Professional
The answer we couldn’t agree with more: “Consult a mold professional”.
As you can see, being exposed to mold has the potential of causing a lot of problems. Anything from property damage to severe health conditions, mold exposure is a serious issue that needs to be treated accordingly.
We hope this article was helpful to you.
If you’d like more help from experts featured in this article, make sure to check out their websites. We’ve linked them right next to their names.
Other than that, if you need help with mold removal in Sarasota, feel free to reach out to us.
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