As I was saying, among all other kinds of mold, the black mold is the one which triggers different kinds of illnesses in people. This is the reason why this article is dedicated to introducing you the different signs and symptoms of the black mold. It is a slimy black substance, scientifically known as stachybotrys. It can grow indoors and outdoors. All what it needs is the right kind of warm and moist environment, which, as a matter of fact, is found indoors in most cases. Areas such as damp wood, leaking ceiling tiles, bathroom tiles, damped corners of walls, food and even items made out of cotton are known to be the hot spots for the black mold to grow and thrive. The symptoms caused due to the exposure to a black mold infested home are the most severe ones due to mycotoxins. These toxins happen to be a byproduct of black mold and are extremely minute in size and light weighted. This helps these toxins to become airborne and affect humans and pets. In the below description, you would come across important details regarding the black mold symptoms and treatment.
Exposure to Mold - Symptoms
The whole lot of symptoms which are caused as a result of toxic black mold exposure in humans and pets include abdominal pain, acne, allergies, altered immunity, anaphylaxis, appetite loss, asthma, balance problems, body aches, easy bruising, burning mouth, cancer, central nervous system disorders, chills, choking and cholesterol or triglycerides irregularities. The next class of symptoms which other people may suffer from are chronic fatigue, coated tongue, cough, dandruff problems, depression, dementia, diarrhea, difficulty in swallowing, digestion problems, dirt-like taste in mouth, dizziness, early menopause, eye irritation (watery, burning, or reddened eyes), face flushing, fevers, food allergies and frequent bloody nose. Some more symptoms are frequent infections, hair loss, headaches, hives, hypersensitivity to mold and irregularity in blood pressure.
Then comes irritability, itching of the nose, mouth, eyes, throat, skin or any area, lethargy, metallic taste in mouth, miscarriage, mood swings, multiple sclerosis, nausea, night sweats and hot flashes, nose bleeding, nose or throat irritation, numbness in face and limbs, open skin sores and lacerations, open sores on head and physical weakness.
To end this section on black mold symptoms and treatment, the rest of the symptoms are pitting up mucous, puffy or droopy eyes, pulmonary hemorrhage, respiratory disorders, irritation in mucous membranes, runny nose, sensitivity to smells/odors, sinus cough, sinus headache, skin flushing, skin rashes, sneezing fits, spleen pain, swallowing trouble, swollen lymph nodes, systemic candida infection, tremors, abnormal fevers, vision problems, vomiting and weakness.
Black Mold Treatment
You can avail black mold cleaning and black mold removal products from the market. However, you can prepare some of your own homemade solutions to get rid of black mold naturally. Make a mix of vinegar (1 tbsp.) with 1 cup of water in a bottle. To increase the quantity, keep on mixing the ingredients by equal parts. Wear plastic gloves and dip a rag into this solution. Scrub the mold hard with the rag. Having done with the scrubbing, let the vinegar solution dry on the surface. This would help prevent the growth of more mold in future. Alternatively, you can also make a mix of tea tree oil (1 tsp.) with 1 cup of water. In the same way as described above, immerse the rag in the solution and use to scrub at the mold.
Also, black mold must not be allowed to get dry. Otherwise, the mold spores would become airborne and become more harmful. So, before you start scrubbing at the mold, spray some water over it. After having gotten rid of the mold, do not forget to clean the surrounding surfaces also. You must ensure that the cleaned surface have to be perfectly dry in order to avoid the regrowth of the black mold.
As a concluding point to add to black mold symptoms and treatment, eliminate moisture by repairing leaks and using dehumidifiers. Most importantly, keep your indoors dust free and use moisture absorbing products in your clothes, leather goods and the likes. Use the above techniques if the problem is a mild one. However, if you notice that the black mold infestation has taken over the entire house, then professional help is what you must call for.