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The Dangers of Mold in Your Home

Last updated 4 years ago

In nature, mold is extremely useful. It helps breakdown organic materials and even provides a source of food for certain organisms. However, mold can be quite dangerous when it invades your home. Mold can cause health problems ranging from itchy eyes and sneezing to more serious complications such as permanent lung damage and even cancer. To protect your health and the health of your family, contact a mold and mildew removal company at the first sign of mold growth in your home. The dangers of exposure to interior mold include:

Allergic Reactions
The most common side effect of mold exposure is a mild allergic reaction such as itchy eyes and a runny nose. Some individuals can also develop hypersensitivity, which in turn leads to allergic asthma or allergic rhinitis. About 40% of the population is allergic to mold, and a growing body of evidence suggests that preventable respiratory illnesses in children are associated with prolonged exposure to mold and mildew.

Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) is an exaggeration of the normal immune response against inhaled fungal proteins. Although there is no cure for HP, the disease can be completely reversed in its early stages if the mold and mildew that is causing it is removed from your home. Early symptoms of HP are similar to those associated with the flu, but repeated exposure causes chronic coughing, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, and weight loss.

Long-Term Health Complications
Although further studies are needed, some evidence suggests that there is a link between prolonged mold exposure and serious adverse health effects such as acute idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage among infants, memory loss, lung disease, and cancer. Don’t risk your health; remove mold as soon as you spot it inside your home.  

Although we are known for our residential painting services, Browder Painting Company is also your source for mold and mildew removal. Call us today to schedule a mold inspection or removal service for your home in San Luis Obispo. If you have any questions about our mold and painting services, call us at (805) 544-0547. 


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