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Health Risks of Mold

Just because you see mold in your home doesn't mean your health is at risk. The health effects of mold around us can range from no effect at all (other than revulsion) to allergic reactions. Some people are sensitive to molds and may experience allergy symptoms, including nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, or wheezing when they're exposed to the molds. More serious effects can include the infectious growth of molds within the body, as is sometimes seen among workers exposed to large amounts of mold in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay, to the disruption of cellular functions. include fever and shortness of breath. People with chronic illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs. The most dangerous indoor molds are Alternaria, Aspergillus, Chaetomium, Cladosporium, Fusarium, Mucor, Penicillium, and Stachybotrys. Mold testing and mold laboratory analysis are required to identify specific mold species.