Mold Detection Services, Inc.

(786) 496-9922

Microscope for mold analysis in Davie, FL.


Mold Test Results in Davie, FL

What's Helpful To Know

Through our mold test results in Davie, FL we discovered that indoor mold spores indicate mold growth, which means mycotoxin production. Currently, we can measure and identify spores, but it is difficult to measure mycotoxins with our mold analysis services. Stachybotrys produces at least 170 known mycotoxins. "About 38 percent of homes have mold and fungus growth due to elevated moisture." (The American Society of Home Inspectors).

Exposure To Mold

Exposure to mold occurs when people inhale mold spores. A 1994 Harvard University School of Public Health study of 10,000 homes in the United States and Canada found half had "conditions of water damage and mold associated with a 50 to 100% increase in respiratory symptoms."

According to a recent U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) mold analysis report, 20 percent of schools have indoor air quality problems, with many of the schools found in poorer school districts. A 1999 Mayo Clinic airborne mold test attributed nearly all the chronic sinus infections afflicting 37 million Americans to molds. A new medical study attributes almost 100% of chronic sinus infections to mold. A 300% increase in the asthma rate over the past 20 years has been linked to molds," as reported in USA Weekend, Dec. 3-5, 1999. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that the humidity levels in homes be kept below 50% to avoid the potential growth of mold.


Stachybotrys Chartarum

Stachybotrys chartarum is a fungus that has become notorious as a mycotoxin producer that can cause animal and human mycotoxicosis. Indeed, over the past 15 years in North America, mold analysis evidence has accumulated implicating this fungus as a severe problem in homes and buildings and one of the causes of the "sick building syndrome." Be aware of any noxious odors. When a mold colony is growing, it can give off distinctive odors that are the by-product of its metabolism.

Health & Mold

Through our mold test results, we discovered that mold could cause a wide variety of adverse responses in people depending on the type and quantity present. However, these are not the only factors when considering the health effects of mold exposure. Since human responses can be highly individualistic, the sensitivity of the person exposed is also an important consideration. For example, infants and young children, the immune-compromised, and the elderly are at an increased risk for experiencing adverse health effects related to mold exposure. There are many methods of exposure to molds including dermal contact, ingestion, and inhalation. The health risks associated with mold exposure include, but are not limited to:

Infections

  • Inflammation Associated With Volatile Organic Compounds
  • Allergic Reaction

Infections can be caused by molds found in indoor air. At extreme levels, hypersensitive pneumonitis may develop. Individuals with compromised immune systems or aggravated health conditions can be especially susceptible to invasive mold infections.

With our airborne mold test, we discovered that toxin-induced inflammation is caused by repeated or high levels of exposure to airborne Mycotoxins. These Mycotoxins irritate the mucous membranes associated with the eyes, nose, and throat. If spores are inhaled and reach the lung alveoli, they may induce inflammatory reactions and cause toxic pneumonitis. The musty odor associated with airborne molds may cause headaches, dizziness, dermatitis, diarrhea, and impaired immune function.

Allergic Reactions To Mold

Allergic reactions may be the most common health problem of mold exposure. Typical symptoms reported (alone or in combination) include:

  • Respiratory Problems, Such As Wheezing, & Difficulty Breathing
  • Nasal & Sinus Congestion
  • Eyes-Burning, Watery, Reddened, Blurry Vision, Light Sensitivity
  • Dry, Hacking Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Nose & Throat Irritation
  • Shortness Of Breath
  • "Skin Irritation
  • Central Nervous System Problems
  • Constant Headaches
  • Memory Problems
  • Mood Changes
  • Aches & Pains
  • Possible Fever