Dangers of Toxic Mold Exposure

Being exposed to toxic mold is much more dangerous than most people know. If you have mold growing in your home or office, it is imperative that you have a company that offers toxic mold removal services come out and remediate the problem. Here are some of the dangers associated with mold.

Dangers to your Lungs

Most people are aware that breathing in mold spores can affect your lungs. When certain mold spores invade your lungs, an infection of the lung may occur. If it is severe, this infection can spread to your heart, kidneys, brain or skin. With a fungal infection, you may experience the following:

  • Fever and chills
  • Chest pain
  • Nosebleeds
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Coughing up blood
  • Swelling on one side of the face
  • Skin lesions
  • Complications from pneumonia

Dangers to your Brain and Immune System

The toxins on the surface of mold spores are called mycotoxins and they can enter your brain through the nasal passages and eyes. They can also be ingested or absorbed through the skin. Mold affects the immune system and weakens it. Exposure to mold can be linked to the following conditions and diseases:

  • Memory loss
  • Learning disabilities
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Headaches
  • Dermatitis
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle aches
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • GERD
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Cancer