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What Does Black Mold Do to You?

Molds and other fungi grow easily in damp indoor environments. Not only does mold serve as an inconvenience to you from a cleaning standpoint, it can also cause significant health risks if not treated right away. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that black mold in Tampa can negatively affect your health.

Allergies and Asthma

Numerous studies associate the presence of dampness and mold with respiratory allergies and asthma. Even in people that don’t suffer from mold-related allergies, mold can cause symptoms of irritation in the eyes, skin, and airways. Black mold, along with some other types of mold, produces toxins known as mycotoxins that can cause irritation of the skin and airways in susceptible individuals.

InfectionScientist examining mold cultures

Spending time in damp and moldy settings can increase the risk of bronchitis and respiratory infections. Constantly breathing mold spores into your lungs can cause problems with your respiratory system.

Pulmonary Hemorrhage

In very extreme situations, mold can cause pulmonary hemorrhage. While it is very rare, there have been situations where mold ingestion has resulted in bleeding in the lungs.

Infant Respiratory Problems

Infants may develop respiratory symptoms as a result of exposure to a specific type of fungal mold, called Penicillium. Signs that an infant may have mold-related respiratory problems include a persistent cough and/or wheeze. Increased exposure increases the probability of developing respiratory symptoms during their first year of life.

Do You Have Black Mold in Tampa?

If you have black mold, it is imperative to your health that you have it removed immediately. Contact us today to learn about our mold removal services.