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COMMON MOLD EXPOSURE SYMPTOMS
Mold can have a significant impact on your health, but it is often overlooked as the cause of illnesses. Since symptoms differ from person to person or can be confused with allergies, they may not be associated with mold exposure. Many people suffering from mold illness struggle to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. The longer mold symptoms go untreated, the worse their impact can have on your health.
If you are concerned that mold is making you sick, stay aware of these symptoms that can be caused by mold exposure.
Stuffy or Runny Nose
Watery, Red or Itchy Eyes
Cough, Weezing or Shortness of Breath
Dry or Itchy Skin
Anxiety & Depression
Insomnia & Sleep Disorders
Trouble Concentrating & Confusion
THE DANGERS OF MOLD TO YOUR HEALTH
Mold is spread and becomes a health risk to people when they inhale its invisible spores. These mold spores produce a substance called mycotoxin that can cause a strong immune system response and serious health risks.
Whether you have a pre-existing condition or have never experienced mold symptoms before, it is important to be mindful of health symptoms that can be caused by mold.
We are proud to be a recommended service provider of many medical professionals throughout the Atlanta community. When their patients are suffering from the effects of mold, they know they can count on Healthy Air USA to help.
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PROFESSIONAL HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS AGREE
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, among many other organizations, all confirm that occupants of damp, moldy buildings have an increased chance of health issues related to mold exposure.
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
"Excessive exposure to mold-contaminated materials can cause adverse health effects in susceptible persons regardless of the type of mold or the extent of the contamination. For some people, mold can cause a stuffy nose, sore throat, coughing or wheezing, burning eyes, or skin rash. People with asthma or who are allergic to mold may have severe reactions. Immune-compromised people and people with chronic lung disease may get infections in their lungs from mold."
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
"WHO is concerned about excessive dampness and mold are a threat to health. Occupants of damp or moldy buildings are at increased risk of experiencing health problems such as respiratory symptoms, respiratory infections, allergic rhinitis and asthma. Some people are more sensitive to mold than others, and some groups are especially vulnerable. Additional effort should be made to keep away vulnerable populations such as babies and children, elderly people, those with existing skin problems, such as eczema, or respiratory problems, such as allergies and asthma, and anyone who is immuno-compromised from mold. "
NATIONAL INSTITUE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES
"Exposure to mold and dampness indoors is associated with increased risk of developing asthma in young children, and more severe asthma in people who have the disease. Infants who live in moldy homes were three times more likely to develop asthma by age 7."
"What do headaches, dizziness, brain fog, chronic sinus infections, odd numbness and tingling, fatigue, abdominal gas and bloating, mood swings, itchy skin and rashes, and thick, crumbly nails have in common? These, among myriad other symptoms, may indicate that you are suffering from the effects of elevated levels of mold or fungus in your indoor environments.
The harmful effects of mold cannot be overstated, and the recognition of environmental causes of chronic illness is often not considered, much less addressed, in a traditional doctor visit."
Dr. Susan Tanner, MD
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THE HEALTHY HOME ASSESSMENT
Rest Assured that Your Home is Safe with a Healthy Home Assessment
When you contact Healthy Air USA for a Healthy Home Assessment, a team member will meet with you and review the symptoms you are experiencing and signs of mold in your environment.
The goal of the Healthy Home Assessment is to determine what is the best plan of action for your health and home, not to sell you a service. If the assessment does result in a recommendation for Healthy Air USA's services, we will assist in scheduling a visit at your convenience.
There is no cost or obligations associated with the Healthy Home Assessment. We simply want to be a resource to help the community breathe easier and live healthier.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Molds produce seed-like spores that are small enough to travel through the air. You can breathe in
spores or come into contact with them. Sometimes molds also produce chemicals called mycotoxins,
which are attached to the spores and other parts of the mold. You may be exposed to mycotoxins at the
same time you are exposed to molds. Mycotoxins are produced only under certain environmental conditions.
The best way to address symptoms that you believe may be caused by mold is to engage a trusted medical professional and mold remediation and air quality testing expert.
You must treat both the health symptoms and environmental issues that are causing your illness. A health professional will help you find relief from the symptoms you are experiencing and a mold expert will help you identify the cause of the problem and most importantly how to stop mold from infecting your environment.
If you believe you’re having symptoms of mold exposure, let a doctor know. It can be hard to tell if mold, another condition, or a type of allergy is causing your symptoms. Your doctor may offer you skin or blood tests to determine whether you truly have a mold allergy.
Treatments and preventative steps for mold allergies may include medications, allergy shots, and most importantly you must address treat your environment to stop future mold growth.
If you smell mold, you are inhaling mold spores and possibly, mycotoxins, both of which are dangerous and can cause a wide range of medical issues. If the mold is not visible you may need to work with a mold professional to identify the location and source of the mold growth in your home. The longer you leave the problem unaddressed, the more mold will grow and spread.
The CDC does not recommend routine sampling and testing for mold and mildew. If you find mold and are susceptible to its effects, there is a potential health risk to you. No matter what type of mold or mildew is present, you should work with a mold professional to ensure that it is safely removed and does not spread further. Removal of the mold does not ensure that it will not return. A mold professional will be able to help you identify and fix the source of the mold.
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STORIES OF RELIEF FROM MOLD SYMPTOMS
A Safe School for Liam
Carla, a dedicated mother homeschooled her son Liam for five years. Everything was going great until she noticed a change in Liam. Carla’s once bright, witty, and enthusiastic son hadn't been acting like himself.
Liam was tired and when reading he would get shortness of breath. Doctors weren't able to figure out a diagnosis, and for years Carla was desperate for help. Until one day Carla's friend suggested that she call Healthy Air USA, to test and see if a mold allergy could be causing Liam's change.
After a brief phone assessment, we sent out one of our inspectors to test Carla's home for mold. During the visual inspection there were no signs of mold, but after taking air sample tests elevated levels of Curvularia mold was discovered. Carla took the information to her son’s doctor which he agreed the mold could possibly be causing the illness.
Carla immediately started mold remediation, the first step to end mold poisoning symptoms. Finding the mold source was tough but our experts know just where mold is susceptible to growing. Her Atlanta home was built on top of a monolithic concrete slab, which had been acting like a sponge since the home was built, absorbing water in the ground and then transferring it to the plywood laid directly over the concrete slab. The plywood under the floors was covered in mold throughout the house.
The process used to remediate the home was extensive. All carpet, hardwood and plywood had to be removed and replaced, but in the end Liam was finally showing improvement! Removing the source was the first step to Liam's recovery a year later Carla says that her son is finally acting like Liam again and calling Healthy Air USA was the best thing she has done.
Taking Back Your Life From Mold
A customer came to Healthy Air USA because she suspected that her home was making her sick. She spoke of chronic fatigue, chronic sinus infections, headaches and that she no longer had the energy for her beloved daily jogs around her neighborhood. She also claimed she felt much better while away from home on a recent vacation in Florida.
Our initial Healthy Home Assessment determined that there was a high potential that mold was present in her home and causing her health symptoms so we recommended a mold inspection. When we entered the house a faint musty smell hit me, an almost certain indication of mold growth, and we proceeded with our comprehensive inspection of the home.
We began with an exterior inspection for drainage issues and areas where moisture may collect. Our interior inspection addresses areas of common concern such as air conditioning, air ducts, water sources, attics, basements and crawl spaces. Upon inspection, we did not find the presence of mold in these areas, but we continued to test the humidity levels of the hardwoods, walls, and ceilings. We finally found a thick, black, furry layer of mold lining the air supply of the air plenums which connect the air ducts to the furnace and air conditioner.
We safely encapsulated the mold so that it would not further spread throughout the home and then replaced the air plenums with sheet metal which would prevent mold from growing in the future.
Our customer reports that after our services she no longer suffers from sinus infections, chronic fatigue, and other symptoms. She is back to enjoying her daily runs around the neighborhood and no longer feels unsafe living in her home.
Mold In Your Dream Home
Judy’s story is one of physical, emotional, and financial tragedy. What began as a sound investment soon turned into a nightmare as Judy and her family began to suffer from the consequences of poor building practices. She told me that she believed her new home that was only two years old was making her family sick.
Over the last year, she and both her sons had been extremely ill. Her oldest son, Jason, had frequent nose bleeds and had passed out in their home. At one point, his tongue even turned black. Her youngest son was sick all the time. Judy said she had chronic headaches, joint pain, and pain in her internal organs, fatigue, and had passed out in their home on two occasions. She could not concentrate, and her memory was so bad she had to quit working.
After hearing Judy’s story, we agreed that we would conduct an air-quality assessment. Judy’s house was only two years old. We couldn’t imagine how the environment inside a home could become so bad in such a short period of time.
When we first stepped inside, it appeared to be dry and no visible mold was immediately apparent on the main floor. We set up my equipment in the dining room to begin taking air samples, but within minutes my chest began to tighten, and my head began to hurt. We told Judy that we could not stay inside without wearing my respirator.
In Jason’s bedroom, there was black mold growing on the surface of the perimeter wall. Stachybotrys chartarum is the official name for what most people refer to as toxic black mold. Judy’s home had the highest level of Stachybotrys of any home we have ever tested.
As soon as we received the results we recommended to Judy that she move her family out of the house. This was not a recommendation that we take lightly, but our inspection showed that the building structure was so flawed that no level of mold remediation would stop future growth.
Twelve months after our initial visit. Judy told us her family was not living in the house. The family’s health has slowly improved since moving out of their home, but their recovery emotionally, financially and physically has been difficult. It is Judy’s hope that sharing her story will raise awareness of both the physical risks of living with mold and the financial risks of purchasing a home that has not been properly built or inspected.
The best advice we can give anyone purchasing a home, new or old, is to hire a competent building inspector who understands how buildings can become excessively hydrated and promote mold growth. Taking the time to research and vet a prospective inspector may save thousands and more importantly your family’s quality of life.
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