Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Health Effects of Mold

Mold can cause adverse reactions in humans. There are various entry routes that may allow mold egress into the body.

How Mold Can Affect the Respiratory System:
The human respiratory system is comprised of your nose, mouth, lungs, trachea, and esophagus. The human nose contains cilia (tiny hairs) and mucous membranes which are designed to catch foreign objects and prevent them from entering further into the respiratory system. The trachea works in a similar manner to catch foreign objects. The lungs contain bronchioles which then lead to many small air sacks. These air sacks distribute air into your blood stream. Mold can cause sneezing, excess mucous production, stuffy sinusitis, and other unpleasant affects. Some mycotoxins (toxins produced by some molds) can cause bleeding lungs and nose. Mold can also be ingested through the mouth down the esophagus into the stomach.

How Mold Can Affect the Human Nervous System:
The brain, spinal cord, and nerves comprise the human nervous system. Your brain interprets the feedback from the nerves via our senses and processes this information. Humans then react to this information and behavior in a particular manner. The spinal cord is the information relay center. The medulla also controls breathing and heartbeat. Some nerves communicate sensory information while others help your muscles move a certain direction. Mold can cause memory loss, tremors, numbness, and profound mood or personality changes.

The Vascular Affects of Mold:
The heart, blood, and blood vessels comprise the human vascular system. The heart pumps blood throughout the body via arteries, vessels, and capillaries. Arteries take blood away from the heart and veins bring the blood back to the heart. Infection caused by sufficient mold exposure can also adversely change white cells counts while a person is ill.

Mold’s Effects on Skin:
Skin is the largest organ in the human body and prevents the entry of germs into open tissue. The skins is comprised of 3 layers: the dermis (middle layer), epidermis (top layer), and subcutaneous fat (protective layer). Mold can cause skin rashes, swelling, welts, itching, and pain. People react differently to the same/similar exposure level and time. In addition, repeat exposure to mold can cause some people’s bodies to become even more reactive with each additional exposure.


Toxic Reactions: Health Problems That May Be Caused By Mold Exposure. The Health Effects of Mold Exposure can be as follows:
•Sneezing
•Sinusitis
•Runny Nose
•Irritated Eyes
•Dermatities
•Migraines and Headaches
•Sore Throat
•Memory Loss
•Fever
•Chronic Fatigue
•Malaise
•Carcinogenic Effects
•Nausea
•Bleeding in Lungs

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