There is cause for concern about ill health effects mold might potentially cause, but there really is no scientific evidence to support such claims. Anecdotal evidence means you may want to err on the side of caution if you see mold form when you have a child living in the home and have it removed promptly along with the fact that mold looks horrible, smells bad, and is difficult to properly remove and assure it doesn’t return. There are a few commonly accepted myths about mold which simply haven’t been substantially proven.
Fact or Fiction: Mold Myths
- Because someone once developed pneumonia while mold was in the house does not prove that mold caused the illness.
- Mold does not cause athlete’s foot, jock itch, toenail fungus, or any other skin rash.
- Mold won’t typically cause the eyes, nose, and throat to become irritated unless it is extremely heavy; in such cases, the irritation clears up when you leave the site.
- The idea of mold as an allergen has been debunked as studies continue to show that people who have allergies and mold in their home also have other allergens present either at home or work.
- Mold has long been thought to aggravate cases of asthma. Asthma flareups are known to be caused by irritants and allergens, again, studies show other situations are involved when someone with mold in the home complains about asthma.
- Although mold can be toxic, it usually isn’t. Even rarer is the idea that enough mold spores can be released into the air for a homeowner to breathe in a dose that would have any effect on them.
If you’ve experienced problems with mold in the past, you’ve probably cleaned it only to watch it return a few weeks or months later. For mold removal or other Atlanta disaster repair services, contact us to schedule a chance for us to evaluate and correct the problem.