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Health Risk from Water Damage and Mold Exposure

Charles Parker

May 4, 2017

Stressful symptoms are known to be linked with extended exposure to water damage, especially in individuals with vulnerabilities. Many of those symptoms are immunologic or allergic reactions but many are irritation from bacteria, however, the cause of some reactions is still unknown. When water damage is left untreated destroys the foundation of any structure as well as the health of anyone in residing in it. As a matter of fact, dire sickness is very likely when exposure to a moist environment is constant.

Being that indoor moisture supports the development of mold; people with delicate respiratory conditions residing in a property with high levels of humidity are more susceptible to allergic reactions. Penicillium, Stachybotrys and Aspergillus are very common types of mold found in residential and commercial properties as well as high amounts of spores of various kinds of mold species. These facts have been acquired through ecological evaluations completed by firms that are normally led by a Ph D in microbiology or industrial hygienists. The following diseases are consequences or allergic sensitivity to mold:

  • Bronchial asthma
  • Rhinitis
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Fungal sinusitis
  • Hives

It must be pointed out that even if there are no immunologic or allergic reactions, enzymes coming from mold such as proteinases and proteases can cause irritation and swelling to the airways. Nevertheless, the reactions last only while exposed to mold. Irritation to the mucous membrane is also very likely to occur from exposure to microbial volatile organic compounds produced by mold. It has been confirmed however, that not everyone that has been exposed to water damage will experience sickness or any reaction for that matter.

It must be confirmed whether or not exposure to water damage is the possible trigger to the sicknesses talked about in this article. A very important task in determining the correlation between water damage and said illnesses is obtaining a detailed and precise history of the health before, during and after being exposed to water damage. Also, a valuable and beneficial action is getting an environmental evaluation associated to the count of mold spores. If the analysis determines that mold exposure is the cause, further testing may be necessary to discovery potential reactions. Examination of the lungs may also be required if symptoms of respiratory issues suggest asthma or scars in the lung tissues. A CT scan of the sinus must be completed if inflammation is found.  It is clear that the best thing to do is to avoid exposure to mold and take the necessary action to prevent water damage.

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