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Black Mold Symptoms

Learn the Signs of Black Mold Poisonings

Knowing the symptoms of black mold poisoning can possibly safe your life in the vent your home becomes infested with toxic mold. Black mold poisoning is a condition that stems from black mold spores – when inhaled, these spores can become trapped in the sinus cavities. If the sinuses become infected, the infection can enter the bloodstream and travel into the brain, causing permanent brain damage and even death. The effects of black mold poisoning may even be responsible for lung hemorrhaging in small children.

Granted, black mold poisoning doesn't happen in everyone who is exposed to black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum, but that doesn't mean the risk isn't there. Black mold growths have also caused other unpleasant symptoms in people, particularly those who suffer from regular allergies or sinus problems. People who begin suffering from flu-like symptoms should inspect their homes for black mold. Other black mold symptoms include sinus infections, memory problems, acid reflux, hearing loss or difficulty breathing. With such a wide range of black mold symptoms, it's easy to see how bad the spores are for your overall health.

Black mold symptoms include:

  • Acne
  • Abdominal pain
  • Anemia
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Chills
  • Cold-like symptoms
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Food allergies
  • Early menopause
  • Pulmonary hemorrhage
  • Spleen pain
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Nose or throat irritation
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Appetite problems
  • Frequent fevers
  • Hair Loss
  • More

When inspecting your home, remember to wear proper safety equipment if you have a known mold problem. Protect yourself from more black mold symptoms with a respiratory mask and goggles to prevent toxic mold spores from entering your mouth or eyes. The black mold isn't what causes unpleasant symptoms to occur; rather, it's the spores that come from the mold that you should be worried about. Patients with weak immune systems who inhale black mold spores are also vulnerable to pneumonia or lung diseases. If a mold problem is found, you should wear a respiratory mask while inside your home to prevent the occurrence of further black mold symptoms until your mold problem can be abated.

If you believe you have any of the symptoms of black mold poisoning, take the following steps immediately:

  • See your doctor: Black mold poisoning is a serious problem, and recognizing the symptoms of this condition early can be your key to receiving successful treatment. Many people have died from black mold poisoning, partially because they weren't aware of their symptoms until it was too late. Only a doctor can prescribe the treatment you need to overcome this condition.
  • Contact a mold removal company: If you're not able to remove your black mold problem quickly and safely, you should contact a professional company to do the work for you. Professional mold removal companies work for nominal fees, and you can rest easy knowing the job will be done right. You can also try removing your own black mold using the do-it-yourself guide we've included in this site.
  • Remove the source of your mold: Black mold needs moisture to survive, which is why black mold only grows in parts of your home that have been exposed to consistent or unusual amounts of moisture. Correct the cause of this excess moisture – common causes include poor ventilation, broken pipes or recent flooding – so that black mold doesn't grow back after abatement procedures have ended.