The Effect On The Skin From Exposure To Toxic Mold
It’s well known that exposure to toxic mold can be dangerous to your respiratory system. People suffering from such exposure often have symptoms that include stuffy noses, irritated eyes, wheezing when breathing, and even skin irritations. If you have a serious mold allergy, your reactions can be even worse. For example, you may suffer from shortness of breath, and people who have chronic lung diseases like COPD may even have mold infections in their lungs.
What other problems can be caused from exposure to toxic mold? For example, can you get a skin rash of toxic mold exposure?
Does Toxic Mold Cause Skin Rashes?
The answer to that question is yes.
When your body’s immune system overreacts to a substance that is usually considered relatively harmless (like mold), an allergic reaction occurs due to a massive amount of antibodies being produced to protect the body from what is believed to be a threat. When this allergic reaction occurs, the area affected will often swell, become inflamed, and may even become irritated. A potentially life-threatening situation can occur in severe cases that result in swelling of the throat that makes it difficult to breathe. Thankfully, this life-threatening situation rarely occurs as a result of toxic mold exposure, but rashes and hives are quite common.
Rashes that result from toxic mold exposure are often quite itchy but think twice before scratching. If you aren’t careful, your scratching may result in the skin being broken, which can lead to infection. Typical infection symptoms include swelling, warmth in the affected area, fever, redness, and even a discharge of pus.
Skin Rash Recovery
Anyone experiencing a severe infection due to a toxic mold induced skin rash should make an effort to recover in an environment free of mold. Otherwise, continued exposure to mold during the recovery process will result in more rashes and more itching, and ultimately a compromised immune system which will make it more difficult to overcome the infection.
Infants Are At Higher Risk
Infants and younger children whose immune systems are not fully developed are more susceptible to the effects of mold spore inhalation. Infants tend to inhale more mold spores than adults primarily because they spend most of their time on or near floors where mold spores tend to accumulate. (It was once thought that children were being exposed to lead as a result of chewing on windowsills, but scientists have since learned that this exposure comes from inhaling dust and mold.)
Mold Remediation Houston And Biohazard Cleanup USA
If you and your family are suffering from skin rashes and other health-related effects of toxic mold exposure, take steps to have the mold removed as soon as possible. You can handle the process yourself, but if you want to make sure it gets done properly, consider hiring a mold remediation company. Most mold remediation companies will give you a free consultation at no cost to you which will allow you to learn more about how severe your problem is and what steps are necessary to address it. This information will be quite useful to you even if you decide to handle the mold removal yourself. If you have a mold problem, make sure to check out Biohazard Cleanup USA. Biohazard Cleanup USA has been consecutively recognized as the best company for biohazard services time and time again.
Toxic Mold Exposure Prevention
Hiring a professional air duct cleaning service to rid your heating and air-conditioning system of dust, mold and other air-polluting contaminants is an excellent way to improve the air quality of your home.
After taking steps to prevent future mold growth and exposure by improving the air quality of your home, you should then check the home for mold that is already present. Mold tends to flourish in areas susceptible to moisture. Some of the more common locations where mold can be found are refrigerators, dishwashers, subflooring around sinks, and they don’t work of your air conditioner. Other places to check for:
- Basements and cellars, especially after flooding
- Underneath and around kitchen sinks
- Any walls that have plumbing behind them
- The subfloor and padding underneath carpeting that has become wet
- Improperly ventilated attics
- Bathrooms, especially those with abnormally high levels of humidity
- Any furniture or drapery that has been wet
- Any paper goods, including magazines, books, and cardboard boxes
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