Is Black Mold Toxic?
Black mold is often referred to as “toxic” black mold, but this is a little misleading. The mold itself is not toxic, but it produces highly toxic byproducts in its life cycle called mycotoxins, which can coat its spores and be breathed in or ingested by inhabitants of infested structures. Most molds pose minimal risks to most people, largely only affecting the very young, elderly or those with compromised immune systems. But mycotoxins are a different story. These nasty byproducts of black mold biological processes can pose grim health risks even to perfectly healthy adults.
Mycotoxins Are Neurotoxic
The most sobering potential black mold health risks are the possible neurological effects of mycotoxins. Mycotoxins have been shown to cause a host of gruesome health problems, including:
- psychological disorders
- cognitive disorders
- respiratory disorders
Black Mold Health Risks Are Both Acute and Chronic
Most of us have experienced some sort of seasonal allergic reaction from breathing in pollen or other contaminants. Such bouts are characterized by sneezing, itching, watery eyes and similar symptoms. But we know these symptoms will subside when the pollutants disperse in our environment. These acute health effects are short-term. But the mycotoxins produced by black mold can cause chronic respiratory, neurological and other disorders that linger indefinitely. So exposure to mycotoxins can cause health problems that plague victims for years.
Don’t Risk Health – Test for Mold
While black mold infestations are relatively rare, the potential catastrophic health risks it poses warrants an aggressive approach to mitigating any mold infestation. If you see discoloration in walls or other parts of your home or experience symptoms such as chronic breathing problems, headaches and related problems, call Delta Restoration Services for professional mold testing and mitigation. If you have black mold (or any other mold), we’ll find it, safely remove it and make sure it doesn’t return.
World Health Organization: Toxic Effects of Mycotoxins in Humans
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Mold Info
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Black Mold Facts