Identifying Mold

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March 22nd, 2016

Everyone knows what mold look like. It’s a pretty icky concept when you think about it. We’ve all seen mold growing on old food left in the fridge, but did you know that there are different types of mold that can cause all kinds of problems for a human body? Mold is not a pleasant subject, but it’s an important one to discuss especially if you have bad allergies or upper respiratory problems. It’s estimated that there are roughly 1000 species of mold alone in the United States. That’s a lot of different types of mold to be worried about. Most of it won’t harm you, unless you have a specific allergy to it. Many people do though, which can be an issue. So encountering mold at some point during your day is probably a high likelihood. Here’s everything you should know about this pesky allegen.

What Is Mold?

Mold spores are a fungi that many people are allergic to. They can even be spread through the air when disturbed, and mold loves warm humid weather to flourish. That’s why most mold allergies can be worse during the Summer months through early Fall. In the outdoors, mold usually grows in decaying wood, dead leaves, or around wet areas.

Inside your home, mold loves a damp bathroom, kitchen, or even can grow in damp basements and wall areas. Once you have mold it’s hard to get rid of it completely. Proper ventilation in all areas can help dry up some of the moisture that triggers mold. If you have black mold, it’s a whole other issue. This type of mold is very dangerous to live around because it produces a toxin that can be deadly to humans and pets.

You can’t tell what type of mold a specific fungus is going to be just by looking at it. It can be a wide range of colors from black to green and even orange or blue in nature. Sometimes it can be slimy in texture and have a distinctive odor about it. Having it tested will let you know exactly what kind of mold it is by a professional.

How To Fight a Mold Allergy

Halotherapy or Salt Therapy is a great way to fight a mold allergy. Simply undergoing this treatment is going to cleanse the air passages to make your symptoms appear less noticeable. It’s great for chronic or seasonal allergies. Using a dry salt aerosol treatment will boost your immune system as well. The treatment is easy to do at a clinic, you just sit in the special salt room for 15-45 minutes for it to go to work on your whole body.

What You Can Do At Home

Using a dehumidifier in your home will help reduce the moisture in the air that may be causing the mold spores to flourish. Having proper ventilation in all areas is another good idea. This is especially important in the bathroom, kitchen, and basement areas.

For the outdoor areas around your home, make sure you aren’t letting piles of dead debris and leaves build up. Having a well maintained environment indoors and out will also prevent mold from growing in high numbers.