According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), indoor mold grows best in damp and humid conditions, but spores from mold can survive even harsh dry conditions. Molds are a type of fungi that are found both indoors and out.
Areas like basements, laundry rooms, and bathrooms are common places for mold growth because they tend to be generally damp and humid. But mold can also result from negligence; for example, from leaky pipes in walls, water damage from roof leaks, or flooded basements from improper drainage. Just because you can’t see the mold doesn’t mean it’s not there – any major water spill could result in harmful mold.
For those with sensitivity to mold, “exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation.” More severe reactions are also possible, including, in rare circumstances, mold infection of the lungs.
The Institute of Medicine, in 2004, “found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; [and] with asthma symptoms in people with asthma . . .”
According to the CDC, the specific type of mold does not generally matter; if you are sensitive to mold and see mold in your home, you should have it removed. Even small amounts of mold can cause health problems for individuals with mold sensitivity. “Standards for judging what is and what is not an acceptable or tolerable quantity of mold have not been established.”
When should you see a doctor? According to the CDC, if you have been exposed to mold and think you are suffering symptoms as a result, you should see your family doctor. Your doctor can then diagnose if you have a mold allergy or infection and may refer you to a specialist.
If you think you’ve been exposed to mold due to negligence and suffered an injury as a result, see a doctor, and, as always, please call Groth Law Firm, S.C. with any questions. We are available 24/7 to discuss your options as the victim of negligence that has caused you injury. Our initial consultations are always free.