Health Effects Of Mold On People And Pets

Health Effects Of Mold On People And Pets

The Health Effects Of Mold – Part 1

health effects of moldThe health effects of mold exposure depend on the age and sensitivity of individuals, but most reactions to mold are due to inhaling excess mold spores floating in the air.   In addition, Dr. Burge, Director of Aerobiology for Emlab P&K, warns that nonviable (dead) spores retain their allergenic properties.

Mold can be classified into three broad types as far as health effects are concerned. 

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The Health Effects Of Mold – Part 2

health effects of moldThe health effects of mold involve more than respiratory problems caused by excess mold spores floating in the air of moldy homes.  Ingesting moldy food can be serious for people and animals.

The condition called St. Anthony’s Fire, which killed thousands of people during the Middle Ages and in the ancient world, is caused by ergotism, or the eating of bread made with grain contaminated with the ergot fungus.  St. Anthony’s Fire is a gruesome disease characterized by rotting flesh, hallucinations, convulsions, and dry gangrene.  People once believed that by making supplications and pilgrimages to St. Anthony and his shrine, a cure could be granted.  Interestingly enough, these actions often worked because the pilgrims, traveling from place to place, would cease ingestion of the contaminated bread.

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