While a concerted effort is needed to improve the air quality in the air we breathe outside, there are many factors that we have personal control of inside of our home or business that can greatly reduce the pathogens that we inhale daily.
Mold / Mildew / Fungus
Humid, tropical/ semi-tropical climates are the perfect breeding grounds for mold and mildew. It's important to remember that mold and mildew are living micro-organisms. Each day these tiny organisms individually send thousands of spores into the air.
- Many respiratory problems can be attributed to the presence of mold or mildew.
- There are four kinds of health problems that come from exposure to mold:
- Allergic reactions
- Irritation of tissues
- Toxic effects due to mycotoxins
Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic reactions to mold are common - these reactions can be immediate or delayed up to six hours. Allergic reactions include:
- Respiratory problems, such as cough, sneezing, infection.
- Hay fever-type symptoms
- Nose and throat irritation, sinus congestion
- Runny nose