Owning a home is tough.
Whether it’s big or small, there always seems to be little dark corners and nooks and crannies where all kinds of gross stuff likes to gather.
It’s disheartening to move aside a piece of furniture and see all the cleaning you have to do, but it’s always better to get more gunk out of your life.
And sometimes, your health can really depend on it, especially if we’re talking about mold.
Mold looks humble. It’s the fuzzy stuff that grows across your bread when it’s been left out too long, and it might not seem like a lot, but it can actually have very powerful effects on your health.
On the one hand, penicillin, a medicine that’s saved countless lives, is made out of that very mold growing on your sliced bread. On the other, one type of mold can lead to hallucinations and, as one theory states, even led to the hysteria that left 20 people dead in Salem in 1692.
But there’s another kind of mold that might be lurking in your home right now, causing symptoms not only in your house, but also in your body.
It’s called black mold, and it is one of the worst molds you can get. It grows in damp areas, usually in areas of condensation or water damage, and it’s toxic. If you think your home may have black mold, you need to get it checked out immediately.
Black mold (also known as Stachybotrys) likes to grow in damp places, and is most commonly found in areas where condensation has collected or where there’s been water damage.
Spores enter the home through windows, doors, and other openings, and can also be tracked on shoes and clothing.
If there’s no standing moisture, nothing will happen, but if there’s an area where moisture has collected, black mold can begin to grow.
Not all black mold is toxic, though. If you find a mold that’s black in color, immediately have it tested to see if it’s Stachybotrys.
But it often goes unnoticed for a long time, and its symptoms are often confused with other issues.
So what should you look out for?
Symptoms In The Body
Body Symptom #1: Allergy Symptoms, Asthma, And Breathing Difficulty
The most common effect of mold on the body is respiratory issues.
That’s a lot of coughing and wheezing, shortness of breath, and a general feeling like you can’t breathe as well as you should be.
This is what happens when you inhale black mold spores.
Having allergy and asthma flare-ups are common, which will seem more frequent than normal, or it might even appear in people who have never had asthma or allergies before.
Body Symptom #2: Difficulty With Memory And Concentration
A foggy feeling is also common when you’ve been breathing in mold spores. They’ll make you feel sluggish and thick-headed.
This is due to the toxic quality of the mold, which makes it hard for the brain to function properly.
Your mind and memory will also be operating less smoothly if your body is feeling sick and weak, too.
Body Symptom #3: Nausea And Vomiting
Black mold can also affect the digestive system, making you feel queasy and nauseated.
Essentially, mold affects your body like a poison, but because the symptoms are so common, mold is the last thing that people think of when they feel sick to their stomachs all the time, which is totally understandable.