Did you know that mold growing in your home may be more likely causing an allergic reaction rather than a toxic one? Could your children be having symptoms or possibly an allergic reaction? What can you do if your children have been or are being exposed to mold?
Many articles online focus more on the toxicity of the mold, rather than the daily allergic reaction you may be experiencing from the mold. Yes, mold can be toxic, but you are more likely to have a toxic reaction from ingesting food containing mold than inhaling it. The more probable reaction you have will be an allergic reaction from inhaling the mold.
Mold contains spores that are easily released into the air and inhaled, thereby causing an allergic reaction. You can find mold in dark, musty places such as closets, attics and basements. It is also found in bathrooms, kitchens, in areas filled with clutter, leaves and grass piles. There are 80 different types of molds that can cause respiratory symptoms or distress. Asthma is a common reaction to inhaling molds, as well as sneezing, itchy eyes and possible sinus infections.
If you think the mold in your home is toxic, bring in a professional to make that determination. There are also test kits you can order online that will tell you if your mold is toxic. Most likely, your mold is just “plain old regular mold,” and can be causing you and your family allergic symptoms that are preventable. Clean your showers with a combination of bleach and water. Open your shower curtain or door and allow daylight to shine in from the window if at all possible. Remove clutter from your home – especially in closets and tight spaces. If you find mold or mildew, wash it with a mild solution of bleach and water. Allow to air dry, and then spray some Lysol on it for good measure. Keep all areas well ventilated, clear and dry.