Can black mould affect your health?
It is acknowledged by the NHS that people who are exposed to black mould have a higher chance of developing respiratory problems than those living in a mould-free home. In fact, there are a number of illnesses associated with prolonged exposure to black mould, such as skin irritation and allergic reactions.
As such, it is essential that you seek to rid your home of damp problems and black mould as soon as you spot signs of it. This will prevent harmful mould spores from spreading throughout your property that could your health at risk.
Who is likely to be affected by exposure to black mould?
Although everyone can be put at risk by the presence of damp and black mould, there are certain groups of people that are considered more vulnerable:
- Young children and babies
- The elderly
- People with weak immune systems
- People with allergies and respiratory problems, such as asthma
- People with skin conditions, such as eczema
Even if you don’t believe that you fit into any of these categories, mould spores can still find their way into your lungs and cause problems, especially over a long period of time. Mould may also trigger an allergic reaction that you didn’t know you had.
What are the symptoms of black mould exposure?
Black mould produces allergens which can be toxic for those who spend too much time in an environment where they are present. Common symptoms of black mould exposure include:
- Cold-like symptoms (running nose, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, etc.)
- Unexplained fatigue
- Aching limbs and muscles
- Dry and flaky skin
- Symptoms similar to hay fever
- Shortness of breath
If you have noticed black mould in your home, especially if you are displaying these symptoms, then it’s important that you act fast to tackle the problem in order to preserve your health and the health of your family and guests.
Our team of damp specialists are experts in damp and mould removal in Dorset and Hampshire and will help you rid your home of harmful black mould for good! Contact us today on 01202 737739 to arrange a professional damp survey.