Mold & Mildew: Thriving in moist conditions

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Mold and mildew are found everywhere in the environment. Both
are a type of fungi that grow and thrive in moist conditions. Dark areas with
little sunlight love to produce mold and mildew. The seeds and smores spread
and spread and eventually enter the air. Those in the vicinity inhale and can
come into contact with mold and mildew. Fortunately, the human body goes to bat
working with the immune system to ward of these particles. Like anything in
excess, when a person breathes in too much or is overly and repeatedly exposed,
the body isn’t able to respond accordingly. Respiratory infections can occur as
well as allergies and asthma. The eyes become irritated, itchy, and a person
might start to cough and sneeze. Already having allergies or asthma can only
complicate symptoms making them worse. Yet, some people are exposed to plenty
of mold and mildew and have no side effects.

Some types of mold produce myotoxins which usually grow in
outdoor areas. These myotoxins can also make their way into buildings,
especially those that have moisture damage. Leaking pipes are a common culprit.
Exposure to myotoxins has been linked to cancer, nervous system damage, and
liver damage.

Mold can enter a person’s home through vents, doorways,
windows, and heating and air conditioning systems. What is taken outside then
taken inside can also cause mold in the home such as clothing, bags, shoes, and
pets. Roofs and pipes are common areas. Mold likes to grow on wood products,
paper products, ceiling tiles, wallpaper, drywall, carpet, and upholstery.
Seems like anywhere there is moisture, mold can make its way in. It is very
important to address the mold problem in the home. Some common remedies and
suggestions include making sure the shower area, cooking, and laundry areas all
have ventilation. Leaky roofs, window, and pipes should be fixed right away. Any
place that has been flooded should be dried and cleared up immediately.

Mold has a musty smell to it. No matter what color or type,
the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends removing the mold immediately.
It doesn’t matter the type, as some people like to have testing done. Some
people try to save money by determining what levels of mold are acceptable to
get away with before a possible expensive removal process. Bleach is a self-home
remedy to remove mold. Wearing protective gloves and being sure to ventilate is
important.

Basements, garages, crawl spaces, attics, and bathrooms, are
mold and mildew breeding grounds. Behind the refrigerator is also a common
location. Mold and mildew don’t grow over night but letting the accumulation
can lead to a costly clean up later. Fresh, clean, smelling good air, is what
those lungs want. A breath of fresh air, especially in one’s own home, feels
good and is invigorating. Hey, if you needed motivation to keep a clean house,
well the threat of mold and mildew should do the trick.

https://www.cdc.gov/mold/dampness_facts.htm

https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/mold/index.cfm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1892134/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3114807/

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