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What about MOLD??

Jul 18, 2023

Did you know that mold can lead to extreme illness? I have a friend that only If only she had been aware sooner, she could have taken measures to prevent her family from ending up in such a dire health situation. I am sharing the knowledge I've gained here, hoping it may help others. There are countless misconceptions surrounding these ailments, and inaccurate information can be detrimental, as my friend unfortunately found out.

In this blog, I want to delve into some of the mold misconceptions that caused them to become so sick and lose their home and belongings. These misconceptions can be dangerous, and it's important to dispel them for the well-being of ourselves and others.

👉 Misconception #1: Mold is everywhere, and nothing to worry about.

While it's true that mold is a natural part of the environment, it can become a concern in water-damaged homes. In nature, various types of mold coexist and maintain a balance. However, in water-damaged environments, mold growth can become uncontrolled, leading to one type of mold overpowering others. Toxic molds in homes can produce mycotoxins that can make you very sick, so it is definitely something to worry about. Mold in nature breaks down organic matter, but mold in homes breaks down building materials, and mold in your body causes inflammation.

👉 Misconception #2: I have nothing to worry about if I am not allergic to mold.

Even if you test negative for a mold allergy, it doesn't mean you won't experience mold toxicity. Mold illness, or Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS), is not an allergic reaction but rather an inflammation in the body caused by an immune system dysfunction. This means that anyone can be affected by mold toxicity, regardless of their mold allergy status.

👉 Misconception #3: You can kill mold, and you should use bleach to do so.

Actually, you should never try to kill mold; it must be removed. Even if the mold is no longer active, it can still pose major health risks. Toxigenic molds release harmful mycotoxins when threatened, which can worsen the situation. Bleach is not effective for mold removal because it remains on the surface and the water content seeps into porous materials, providing moisture for the mold to grow back even stronger. This can lead to the mold returning worse than before.

👉 Misconception #4: A little bit of mold is harmless; it's only a cosmetic issue.

Even small amounts of visible mold can indicate a larger hidden problem. Mold growth is often associated with water damage, which can cause structural issues and hidden mold behind walls or under flooring. Ignoring visible mold or considering it cosmetic can lead to more severe health problems and property damage over time.

👉 Misconception #5: Cleaning up mold is a simple DIY task.

While it may be tempting to handle mold removal yourself, it's important to understand that improper handling can worsen the situation. Disturbing mold colonies can release spores into the air, increasing the risk of inhalation and further contamination. It's essential to use proper protective gear and follow appropriate cleaning techniques to avoid exposure to mycotoxins and other harmful substances.

👉 Misconception #6: Once the mold is gone, the problem is solved.

Removing visible mold is just the first step. It's crucial to identify and address the underlying cause of mold growth, such as moisture issues or inadequate ventilation. By addressing these factors, you can prevent future mold growth and protect your health and property.

👉 Misconception #7: Only certain individuals are susceptible to mold-related illnesses.

While some individuals may be more sensitive to mold, prolonged exposure can affect anyone. Mold toxicity can lead to health problems, even in healthy individuals. Symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, headaches, fatigue, and skin irritation can occur when exposed to elevated levels of mold.

In conclusion, understanding these mold misconceptions is vital for preventing severe health issues and property damage. Mold growth should never be taken lightly, and proper identification, professional remediation, and addressing underlying causes are essential steps for a safe living environment. By raising awareness and debunking these misconceptions, we can empower others to protect themselves from the potential dangers of mold. Together, we can create healthier and safer living spaces for everyone.

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