Mould or Mold grows naturally in humid and warm environments which makes it easy to grows during those hot summer months. Mould grows speeds up even more when it is indoors. The spores, the tiny reproductive cells are released and transported through the air and an enclosed space makes it easier for them to reproduce. Small amounts of mould will not probably harm, but it is possible those spores can affect some people. There are also various types of mould, such as black mould
Who is at Risk with Mould?
People sensitive to mould can display allergic reactions when inhaling or touching mould spores. Symptoms can include sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. People with serious mould allergies can display more severe reactions, including shortness of breaths. It can also cause asthma attacks to people with asthma.
People who may be at risk with mould infection include:
- Infants and children
- The elderly
- People with weakened immune systems due to HIV, cancer, or liver disease
- People with chronic lung disease
Signs Mould is Present in your home
You can see mould spores
If you see mould spores in your home, it could be a sign that the problem is larger than you think. Scrubbing the affected area may not get rid of mould completely as it sometimes grows around a source of leakage which is sometimes hard to reach. It is recommended in this case you can a professional mould remediation company that can assess the situation and provide you with some advice for long term prevention
You are constantly having flu-like symptoms
One of the best ways to determine if your symptoms is related to mould infections is to leave your home or area for a few days. When coming back, if the symptoms return, this could be the result of something more than a cold.
You notice a musty or damp smell
Although mould species can have different smells, but if you notice a mouldy or musty uncommon type of smell, it could be a sign as well.
There is a history of flooding in your home
Mould loves wetness and past flooding in your home can lead to mould issues in the future. It is advisable you check for areas that have been affected by mould in the past. A professional company can help you with detecting traces of mould and dealing with the root of the issue.
You have been recently getting more nosebleeds
Mould can make you sick and nosebleeds is sometimes a symptom.
You struggle with breathing issues, especially in your home
This could be a sign that mould is growing in unsuspected places such as sub-flooring or inside the walls. It is important you test your property properly for mould issues especially if the signs mentioned previously are confirmed.
Some places in the house tend to collect water or moisture
Due to mould sometimes being invisible or hiding in unsuspected areas, it can be difficult to assess yourself for mould issues. Call experts in mould removal such as Melbourne Mould Removal. Our technicians can reach any place including regional Victoria, but also can help if you are living in other states.
Treatments for Mould Allergy
A treatment against mould is like any other type of inhaled allergy
- Avoiding the allergen as much as possible
- Nasal rinse, to remove mould spores out of the nose
- Using a decongestant nasal spray, a short-term remedy for congestion
- Nasal corticosteroids, to reduce inflammation
- Oral decongestants, to reduce congestion
For a long-term solution, a doctor may recommend immunotherapy. This involves getting a series of allergy shots over a few years.
Immunotherapy can be highly effective, but it is only suitable for certain types of mould allergy.