Health Risks Associated With Mold And Exposure to Toxic Particles

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[author: Michael Barasch]

Mold is a fungus that grows readily in environments that are warm, humid and damp. It can grow both inside and outside a home or commercial building. Indoor mold can be found in more than 1,000 different varieties, but most of them pose no particular health dangers. However, mold can cause serious health concerns when it is allowed to grow unchecked. There needs to be a high concentration of mold present in order to cause breathing difficulties and other health problems associated with mold outbreaks.

The respiratory system is more affected by mold than any other part of the body. Some of the common respiratory conditions caused by exposure to toxic mold include the following:

  • Stuffy nose
  • Eye irritation
  • Coughing and hoarseness
  • Itchy skin
  • Wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Flu-like symptoms, including body chills, nausea and fatigue

What can happen?

Aspergillosis is a serious respiratory condition that can be exasperated by toxic mold exposure. It normally affects people who already have asthma, cystic fibrosis, or other lung conditions. With invasive aspergillosis, mold spores are inhaled into the body and can cause severe damage to the lungs, other internal organs and body tissues.

Sick building syndrome is the name given to describe a building where a large number of people who work there become ill with the same symptoms. Mold is the most common cause of sick building syndrome, followed by inadequate ventilation. It is also common for mold to grow within ventilation systems.

If you or a family member has become seriously ill as the result of toxic mold exposure, you may be entitled to recover damages. The law firm of Barasch, McGarry, Salzman and Penson is available to meet with you for a free consultation to discuss your case. We are a personal injury legal office in Syracuse, New York, that is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.