Mold Education

Mold in Home May Mean Baby Breathing Problems

Mon July 21, 2003

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - High fungus levels in the home can cause breathing problems, even pneumonia, for infants, research suggests.

Dampness in the basement or other rooms is known to cause breathing problems for children and young adults. The findings suggest that this may be due to the presence of fungi, which thrive in damp locations. However, the results also indicate that fungi can be a problem even when the entire house is dry. In a study of 499 children with at least one allergic parent, Dr. Diane R. Gold, from Harvard University in Boston, and colleagues evaluated the effect of domestic fungal levels on breathing problems in the first year of life. The researchers' findings are reported in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. After considering other factors such as house dampness and visible mold or mildew, the authors found that exposure to high levels of fungi made breathing problems much more likely for infants. For example, infants who lived in homes with high levels of one type of fungi--Zygomycetes--were nearly twice as likely to develop problems as other infants. To determine whether a home is likely to cause breathing problems for an infant, the authors recommend not only looking for wet spots and mold, but also measuring fungi levels.

SOURCE: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine July 15, 2003

Common Health Symptoms of Mold Affecting & Harming People's Health , in alphabetical order. A mold victim may experience one or more symptoms, separately or simultaneously---

  • allergies,
  • asthma,
  • bleeding lungs,
  • breathing difficulties,
  • cancer,
  • central nervous system effects,
  • colds, recurring and with decreased resistance to infection
  • coughing and resulting sore lungs/chest from excessive coughing
  • coughing up blood
  • dandruff problems [chronic] that don't go away despite use of anti-dandruff shampoos
  • dermatitis and skin rashes
  • diarrhea
  • eye and vision problems
  • fatigue [chronic, excessive, or continued] and/or general malaise
  • feeling lost or "disconnected" from what's happening around you
  • flu symptoms
  • hair loss
  • headaches vhemorrhagic pneumonitis
  • hives
  • hypersensitivity pneumonitis (extrinsic allergic alveolitis, farmers lung disease)
  • irritability
  • itching of the nose, mouth, eyes, throat, skin, or any area
  • kidney failure
  • learning difficulties or mental functioning problems or personality changes
  • memory loss or memory difficulties/Alzheimers-like symptoms
  • open skin sores and lacerations
  • organic dust toxic syndrome
  • peripheral nervous system effects
  • redness of the sclera (white of your eyes)
  • runny nose (rhinitis), clear, thin, watery mucus from your nose may appear suddenly, or thick, green slime coming out of nose (from sinus cavities)
  • seizures
  • sinus congestion, sinus problems, and chronic sinusitis
  • skin redness
  • sleep disorders
  • sneezing
  • sneezing fits (more than three sneezes in a row, happening often)
  • sore throat
  • tremors [shaking]
  • verbal dysfunction [trouble in speaking]
  • vertigo [feelings of dizziness, lightheadedness, faintness, and unsteadiness]
  • vomiting

What is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that can be found in a variety of colours Nature’s way of breaking down organic materials such as fallen trees Spores travel through the air & can be found everywhere and anywhere in your home Commonly found growing on materials such as lumber, drywall & paper.

Most insurance providers will not even consider a mold claim as a cause of damage.

Home builders will also take no responsibility for damages caused by mold.

Sometimes the mold is not even visible. It could be hidden behind such things as paint, or wallpaper..

The only real fix to a mold issue is to remove all of the drywall (a messy job) and replace it which could be quite the costly adventure!

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