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Will Black Mold Really Effect My Health?

Mold problem and the mycelium (fungus).There is quite a bit of buzz surrounding toxic black mold, and we’re often asked if the hype is to be believed. Toxic black mold is also known by the scientific term Stachybotrys Chartarum, and this is one nasty mold that will take over your space and leave you feeling sick in the process. The answer to the question regarding the hype around black mold is a resounding “Yes!”, and this is one mold that you certainly do not want to mess with.

Black mold isn’t always black, and this is a fact that is actually quite important to remember. Black mold can be grey, green, black, or brown, so it’s best not to approach a mold in your home without calling in the professionals. In cases of black mold, we absolutely never recommend attempting self-mold remediation, and it can be difficult for the untrained eye to determine if a mold may be Stachybotrys Chartarum, especially without a professional test. When you see mold in your home, it’s best to simply leave it alone, and call a professional mold remediation service like ours at AA Action Waterproofing to come and assess the problem!

Now, what could happen if you do come into contact with black mold? If you’re a typically healthy individual with a normal immune system, you may experience some cold or flu like symptoms. With prolonged exposure, you could find yourself with a seemingly never ending cold that simply won’t go away, a sore or swollen throat, or a persistent cough, and direct contact could cause any number of these symptoms as well as fever or rash. For those with compromised immune systems or existing heart or respiratory conditions, it’s especially important to avoid black mold, as exposure symptoms could easily lead to hospitalizations.

Black mold is not a friendly mold, and it is a mold best avoided. Unfortunately, black mold has been known to grow in Maryland homes, and cause serious mold problems needing immediate mold remediation. If you suspect mold in your home may be black mold, call us today to have it tested and start the cleanup process right away.

This entry was posted in Mold & Mildew, Mold Remediation on February, 29, 2016