Dampness is one of the most common causes of rampant mold growth. Recent flooding in Mid-Michigan has made many homeowners and business owners seek restoration work, and it is essential to keep mold sickness in mind during these jobs. Health problems caused by mold can be serious and it is up to restorers to make sure a building is safe before re-entry.
Is mold sickness real?
Detrimental health effects caused by mold are acknowledged by the EPA, WHO, CDC, and other global, national, and local health and regulatory entities. The production of mycotoxins, which can cause severe neurological disorders and even death, by so-called “toxic mold” is documented. Health problems caused by exposure to other types of mold over an extended period are also documented.
What is mold sickness? Mold sickness has only recently received the attention it deserves. Not until the 1990’s were symptoms caused by mold acknowledged. The World Health Organization first called this “Sick Building Syndrome,” which included other causes such as improper ventilation or air filtration. Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) is often a result of mold exposure and is now a term frequently associated with mold exposure.
What is CIRS? CIRS is the result of a defective auto-immune response in some individuals where the body does not properly filter out toxins produced by mold. CIRS is characterized by a range of symptoms which include respiratory and potential neurological effects of mold toxins. These include coughing, s