Your basement offers the ideal breeding ground for mold. Why? Many basements have poor ventilation and high humidity. The relative humidity is higher because it is underground. Any basement is susceptible, and it’s essential to have the area assessed, tested, and cleaned properly. When left to spread or when disturbed by improper cleaning methods, mold has the potential to cause a variety of health problems.
Respiratory conditions like asthma and chronic bronchitis are possibly some of the most common health issues associated with mold. Those who have pre-existing breathing problems may see worsening symptoms. In order to determine a link between respiratory problems and mold, you’ll need to see a doctor.
Those who already have breathing problems, or have a compromised immune system are more susceptible to pulmonary fungal infections. An example of this type of infection is aspergillosis (https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/aspergillosis/index.html ). Most people handle these types of fungi easily on a daily basis. These infections are easily diagnosed by your doctor but usually require medical care and follow-up to make sure that treatment was effective.
If you feel like you have a cold or the flu, but it lingers for weeks or even months, then it may not be a cold or the flu at all. It may be a reaction to mold growing in your basement. You should consult with your doctor any time you have symptoms lasting longer than a few days, especially if you have underlying health problems.
During the spring, many people suffer from hay fever due to high levels of pollen. Sometimes this pollen can cause skin irritation and itchy, watery eyes. Exposure to mold in your home may cause similar allergic reactions. If you experience seasonal allergies, you may recognize the symptoms, but if they start during a time when you’d expect to have allergies, like in the Spring or Fall, you may not realize they are being caused by mold.
Our fully trained team is dedicated to your family’s health and safety and will work hard to treat, clean, and consult with you to prevent mold growth in your home. Contact Restoration 1 today to schedule a home visit.