Is Mold Dangerous? How Dangerous is mold?

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Is Mold Dangerous? How Dangerous is mold?

It is. The danger runs the gamut from minimal to deadly. The danger is exacerbated when the mold is hidden—as it so often is: in the walls, under the floorboards or carpets, in the dark nooks and crannies of the basement or attic. It is also a more dire problem for infants and toddlers; the elderly; people with certain pre-existing health problems, such as asthma, COPD and emphysema; and anyone with a weakened immune system, e.g., HIV, AIDS and chemotherapy patients. But, make no mistake, the more toxic molds are dangerous regardless of age or health status. The danger also depends on the mold species, the amount present and the length of exposure.

At the lower end of the danger spectrum are health problems that are similar to any allergic reactions: sneezing, stuffy nose, watery eyes. At the upper end, there is severe pneumonia with potentially fatal complications and pulmonary hemorrhage (substantial bleeding in the lungs). In between there are varying degrees of upper respiratory infections, such as asthma attacks, chronic sinus problems and bronchitis.

Don’t forget about those non-human family members: your pets. Mold is dangerous for them also, and the smaller the pet, the greater the danger. If Rover or Tabby is chewing on his paws, sneezing frequently or scratching at his ears, time for a visit to the vet.
It is. The danger runs the gamut from minimal to deadly. The danger is exacerbated when the mold is hidden—as it so often is: in the walls, under the floorboards or carpets, in the dark nooks and crannies of the basement or attic. It is also a more dire problem for infants and toddlers; the elderly; people with certain pre-existing health problems, such as asthma, COPD and emphysema; and anyone with a weakened immune system, e.g., HIV, AIDS and chemotherapy patients. But, make no mistake, the more toxic molds are dangerous regardless of age or health status. The danger also depends on the mold species, the amount present and the length of exposure.

 

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