The Health Effects of Black Mold

Black mold grows on a wall.It should go without saying but if you have identified mold in your home than you have put yourself and your family at risk for some serious health issues. By the time mold has made itself apparent it has already spread throughout your home.

Just because you can’t see mold doesn’t mean that it has not already infiltrated your home.  Using bleach to scrub away mold may make it appear that there is no mold but it does not address the root of the problem that can be housed underneath or behind your walls.

Here is a brief outline of the health effects of black mold.

Mental and Neurological Symptoms of Black Mold

Toxic Black mold produces trichothecene mycotoxins which can affect mental faculties and even lead to nervous disorders such as tremors or mood swings. Here are some symptoms of being exposed to trichothecene mycotoxins.

  • Confusion
  • Shortened attention span
  • Difficulty concentrating and paying attention
  • Slow reflexes
  • Disorientation
  • Dizziness
  • Memory loss and memory problems
  • Impaired learning ability
  • Hallucinations
  • Shock
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Aggression and other personality changes
  • Tingling
  • Trembling
  • Shaking
  • Seizure
  • Numbness

Respiratory Symptoms of Black Mold

Families living in homes with black mold are primarily exposed through their respiratory system by breathing toxic black mold spores and mycotoxins. These toxins primarily make themselves known through a burning sensation in the throat, nasal cavity and mouth. Here are some symptoms of black mold on the respiratory system.

  • Coughing
  • Pulmonary edema – swelling of the lungs
  • Pulmonary hemorrhage – bleeding in the lungs
  • Sore throat
  • Burning sensation of the mouth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy nose
  • Stuffy, blocked nose
  • Nose bleeds

Circulatory Symptoms of Black Mold

By breathing in toxic black mold, spores can enter the blood stream and affect an individual’s circulatory system. This can lead to heart damage, blood clots, and hemorrhaging. Here are some symptoms to look out for.

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart inflammation
  • Damage to heart
  • Low blood pressure
  • Bone marrow disruption
  • Bleeding tendency
  • Blood not clotting properly
  • Hemorrhage – internal bleeding
  • Vomiting up blood

 

Toxic black mold has also been found to affect vision, skin, immune sytems and the reproductive systems. If you fear that your home or work place has been affected by black mold give AZ Hydro Pro a call today!