You may be able to spot the obvious signs of mold in your home, but can you spot the impact of it on your health? Having overgrowth in your home can affect your health, even if you don't see the actual damage. How can you tell if spores are lurking in your home - and what can you do about it? The answer may lie in a cough - or a series of them. |
Where's It Hiding?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), just about any damp surface could potentially harbor mold, and some spaces in your home are likely to host a variety of it. The EPA lists paper, wood, fabric, food, and carpeting as just a few of the surfaces in which it can hide, even if there are no visible signs.
Mold can aggravate existing allergic reactions or cause the typical signs of allergy in new sufferers. Exposure to the spores triggers an immediate reaction, with a runny nose, itchy eyes, and a dry throat, resulting in a persistent cough. According to the EPA, there are almost a hundred different types that can cause a persistent allergic reaction in humans. While you may not be able to identify the exact source of your cough and allergy symptoms, you should consider these substances to be possible culprits.
Severe bouts of coughing that extend beyond basic allergies, coughing in people who already have asthma or suffer from respiratory distress, or coughing in the young or old should trigger an investigation. There are several pathogenic varieties that can cause a more serious illness - or aggravate an existing one. If you or a family member are experiencing repeated bouts of severe coughing that just won't go away, it is time to see your doctor and have your home checked out by a pro. Determining the source of the problem and having your home investigated by a professional can ease your mind - and your cough.
Once spores enter your home, getting rid of them is a hazardous job that requires expert care. If all of it is not identified and eradicated, it can quickly multiply and take over your home once again. In most cases, the type of extensive mold remediation required to clear a home is not a DIY proposition; an expert will be needed to determine the extent of the damage and to come up with a comprehensive plan for restoring your home. Trying to remove it on your own may do more harm than good. Not only do you risk missing some, but you could also inadvertently spread the spores around your home, making it more likely that you'll continue to suffer the side effects of an infestation. Handing your home over to an expert ensures that the mold remediation is done correctly and that all of it is properly identified and eradicated from your home for good.
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