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How do you know if mold is toxic or if it will make you sick?

  1. nmdonders profile image84
    nmdondersposted 5 years ago

    How do you know if mold is toxic or if it will make you sick?

    I commonly see mold in people's homes among other places.  Is there a way to tell whether it is "bad" mold or the kind that will make you very sick?

  2. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 5 years ago

    Any mold can make you ill if you are allergic to sensitive to it.  The big offender that is toxic to humans and pets is black mold and it has a very specific look to it.  Google "black mold" to see a good picture of it so it can be identified and taken care of.

  3. kj force profile image73
    kj forceposted 5 years ago

    All mold is toxic...some more than others...to give you an idea of the power mold plays on metal..silver jewelry, or anything silver will turn black if your house has black mold..imagine what that does to ones lungs, especially a baby,toddler or young child..There are various neurological disorders that can arise from being exposed also..auto-immune disorders.

  4. sparkleyfinger profile image91
    sparkleyfingerposted 5 years ago

    all mold is toxic, in some way to humans. It is just a case of whether or not you will react to it. It certainly isn't ideal to live alongside, and can cause lots of long term illnesses. If there are any black spores, rather than the white fluffy spores, then you probably have black mould which can be fatal.
    I have just made a hub about how to live with mould, and how to reduce it, and I hope it is of some help to you. I have been battling mould for the last 3-4 years now... http://sparkleyfinger.hubpages.com/hub/ … n-and-mold

  5. Mold Sickness profile image60
    Mold Sicknessposted 4 years ago

    Mold Sickness – Mold/fungus just like bee’s, snakes, spiders and other living organisms produce “bio-toxins”. An example is that a snake is a living organism, its venom is not. Venom is the bio-toxin which the snake produces, also mold spores produce their bio-toxins known as “mycotoxins” and bacteria produce their bio-toxins known as “endotoxins“.

    These biotoxins and secondary metabolites produced by fungi /mold and bacteria are microscopic, they enter the human body through inhalation and ingestion by landing on the food you eat, or are breathed in and enter the lungs, the blood stream, sinuses, the brain or are absorbed through the skin.

    Exposure to water damaged or mold contaminated environments can yield “co-exposures” meaning having more than one “pathogen” (disease causing elements) harbored within your body. Rarely, is it only one substance in the case of environmental / mold exposures that are responsible for the onset of mold sickness or disease. Recovery is easy once we have isolated what has happened to you and what bio-toxins are present in your body causing your mold sickness.

    Understanding how to identify co-exposures is key to the treatment for mold sickness, necessary to put you and your family onto the road to recovery.

    http://moldsickness.hubpages.com/hub/Mo … ned-to-you