How mold affects health and how to prevent its occurrence

One of the bigger problems of people whose houses are flooded after the water recedes will certainly be mold. We reveal to you how mold affects people’s health and how to prevent its occurrence in the future.

Mold generally cannot harm healthy people, but for those who already have some health problems it can certainly make the condition worse. This is especially true for those who have problems with asthma or allergies. The most common symptoms of mold exposure are wheezing, shortness of breath, flu-like pain in the body and unexplained fatigue.

How does mold affect health?

If you suffer from allergies or asthma, exposure to mold can result in itching, runny nose, eye irritation, cough, airway obstruction and worsening of asthma symptoms. On the other hand, if you have a more serious lung disease, mold can increase the risk of infections.

More serious symptoms

Some research confirms that exposure to mold can bring quite serious symptoms such as fever, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, respiratory dysfunction, occasional nosebleeds, dizziness, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea and even liver damage. Some reactions can also occur in workers who are exposed to larger amounts of mold, but they usually disappear after the exposure stops.

It is very important to wear protective masks and not to inhale mold during the cleaning of flooded houses.

At the highest risk, when it comes to mold, are small children, the elderly, all those who suffer from severe cancers or lung diseases.

How to control the formation of mold

The first and basic thing when it comes to mold is to get rid of moisture, and that is why it is very important that the walls dry well before returning to the house, only then can you start cleaning. If you clean the mold from the walls that are still wet, you will not solve anything.

How to prevent the formation of mold

  • To prevent further mold, use devices that will reduce the humidity of the air or air conditioners, especially in warmer and humid climates.
  • Make sure the humidity in your home is 60 percent if possible.
  • Keep the house warm during the cold months.
  • Repair the thermal insulation of walls, doors, windows and floors.
  • If possible, dry wet surfaces in the house in 24-48 hours to prevent the development of mold.
  • Inspect the water pipes carefully and check for leaks.
  • Open the door of the room often for better air circulation and radiate all the rooms, often.

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