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Mold is a simple, microscopic organism which is present virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors and is a type of fungi. Molds exist to break down organic material and recycle nutrients to the environment. Molds require a food source such as leaves, wood, paper, dirt, moisture and oxygen. Mold digests organic material and slowly break down whatever they grow on, including furniture, walls and even floors. Molds also release tiny spores which travel through the air. Often attached to these spores are mycotoxins and allergens and this is the main way that mould affects humans
Mold spores are tiny bacteria less than 4 microns in size — so small that as many as 250,000 spores can fit on a pin head and a person can inhale as many as 750,000 of these spores per minute! They are produced by microorganisms which grow in moist areas stored where the moisture content is high (30%) and the area is poorly ventilated.
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of mold and mold spores, showing that they are everywhere in the environment.
1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.
6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods
Allergic Reactions, Asthma Attacks, Irritant Effects
The EPA also states that allergic reactions to mold are common and can be immediate or delayed. Repeated or single exposure to mold, mold spores, or mold fragments may cause non-sensitive individuals to become sensitive to mold, and repeated exposure has the potential to increase sensitivity. Allergic responses include hay fever-like symptoms such as headache, sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Molds can cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, molds can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of individuals whether or not they are allergic to mold.
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