In recent years, everyone has heard of the toxic effects of “Black Mold” or “Stachybotrys chartarum.” Black mold is a dark black or green and slimy fungal growth that comes with some very serious health problems and dangers to people, especially to small children. This toxic fungus grows anywhere that there has been a great deal of water damage. The mold will grow anywhere, and it could come from flooding or a leak in your home that has been ignored for a very long time or perhaps undiscovered. If your home has areas with poor ventilation, this toxic mold will grow at even faster rates.
Small children and especially infants are extremely vulnerable to the effects of this horrific toxic fungus. When this fungus releases its spores, seeking out new areas to grow, the spores are easily inhaled and can begin to settle in the lungs. Spores are the reason that young children and infants or adults that have disorders that compromise their immune systems are very vulnerable to health complications when toxic black mold is present.
Is it Allergies? Or Mold?
The early stages can present themselves like hay fever, causing itchy and watery eyes, runny noses, sneezing, and minor coughing. If your child is showing symptoms like those of seasonal allergies, it is impertinent to get them checked for allergies. When you take them to the Dr., be sure to mention all the child’s symptoms. Since toxic back mold is such a serious health risk, especially to small children, if black mold is the cause of your child’s symptoms, be sure to call a mold removal specialist as soon as possible. When dealing with a problem as severe as toxic black mold, there is absolutely no time for you to waste. The black mold is going to continue to grow and multiply and will only make your child sicker as time goes by. People are affected by black mold spores in different ways. Several people in the home may show no symptoms at all, while others can develop serious and irreversible health conditions as a result.
If you have a young child that has asthma, you know what a serious health problem it can be. If your child depends on an inhaler, they may not always be able to use them if an attack happens in the middle of the night. They also may have an issue making it to a parent or guardian for help. If there is a toxic black mold in your home, it will not only cause an increase in your child’s asthma symptoms, but it may also cause asthma to form in your healthy children’s lungs. If your child has asthma, it is imperative that they are far away from the black mold. The effects that it will cause will make what could be a manageable condition into something that is far more serious to control.
Mold spores are airborne and can not only cause respiratory issues in your children, but they can also end up causing major skin irritations that will lead to excessive scratching and horrible rashes that are very difficult to treat. The best solution is to remove the mold from your home as quickly as possible. If your child begins to show signs of skin irritations, the first thing you should to do is to try and find the source. If you recently changed the brand of laundry detergent you normally use, that may be the source of the irritation. Or if the child has been bitten by bugs or from mosquitos or ants, you can treat the irritation accordingly by using over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream. But if you are unable to find the source of the irritation, you may want to check your home immediately for black mold.
Call for Help Immediately!
Toxic black mold is called that for a reason; it is just that toxic. If left untreated, it can cause serious health issues for everyone within your home. You should immediately call the professionals if you expect that you are fighting black mold. If you live anywhere in Palm Beach County and expect that your home has black mold, call NHI, National Home Inspection and Mold Services today at (561) 445-8483. You should never take the chance of having anyone other than the trusted professionals in your area that are familiar with dealing with toxic black mold remediation. There are too many things at stake, and you should never risk the possibilities or outcomes.