Mold and Allergies

Mold and Allergies

Mold is often referred to as the silent killer because of its potentially hazardous effects, which can sneak up on people without them even realizing it. So how does mold develop? The most common reason for mold in your home is ongoing moisture. This issue is especially prevalent in areas like Palm Beach, where mold remediation is a booming industry.

When there is mold growth in your home, it can cause all kinds of health issues – from minor allergies to major illnesses and in extreme cases even death. Generally, there are 3 types of mold growth that can grow in moist areas of your home. They are:

Allergens

Allergens are the mildest type of mold growth. But because their effects are not as severe, they can live undetected in your home for years. Allergens derive their name mostly because they tend to cause allergic reactions such as sneezing, eye or nose irritation, rashes, and may even trigger asthma symptoms.

Pathogens

Pathogens are more serious than allergens and can cause severe respiratory problems for certain people. Those who are healthy may not be affected, but children, the elderly, and those who are not in good health can be develop a serious illness as a result of this type of mold growth.

Toxigenic Mold

As the name indicates, toxigenic mold is “toxic” and can have adverse effects on the health for any and all individuals who are exposed to it. Also known as “black mold”, toxigenic mold is poisonous and its presence in your Palm Beach home should be addressed immediately.

Without testing, it is hard to determine exactly which type of mold growth you have in your home – or if you have any at all. But if you or members of your family are displaying some of the symptoms described above, it is best to call in a Palm Beach mold remediation company like ServiceMaster Cleaning and Restoration Services to test your home. Once tested, they can determine the seriousness of the mold growth and what measures need to be taken to make the air in your home breathable again.