Mould can be used interchangeably with mildew, although mildew is broader in the sense that it points to a family of fungus that grows on the leaves of plants. On the other hand, moulds are more easily detected by people as it is characterized by a spongy surface and clings to certain surfaces such as walls. However, they share one similarity – their spores can cause infection and other respiratory problems when inhaled.
Certain types of moulds produce mycotoxins that pose a really serious health issue not just for humans but for animals as well.
Mycotoxins can greatly affect the nervous system. Mould spores can cause irritations of the lungs, throat, nose, and eyes and they are also allergenic.
There are other ways aside from inhalation that people may develop irritation from mould and mildew. One of these ways is through simple contact with mould and mildew through the skin. However, of most pressing concern is inhalation because it involves possible infections with the internal organs and these may lead to even bigger problems.
Symptoms Of Inhaled Mould And Mildew
For most people, especially those who do not have allergies to mould and mildew, inhalation may be difficult to detect.
On the other hand, for those who are allergic to the two may easily show symptoms of the infection. These symptoms include, but are not limited, to the following:
- Coughing. Oftentimes, coughing sets in almost as soon as one inhales mould and mildew.
- A scratchy throat
- Blood in the lungs. This is detected only through laboratory tests.
Aside from the symptoms mentioned above, mould inhalation may also trigger asthma attack in a person. When this happens, the problem is even greater because asthma is just one of the many other harmful effects of mould inhalation.
Home Remedies For Mildew And Mould Inhalation
When a person feels that irritation is about to set in because of mould or mildew inhalation, the best remedy is to go out and get a good dose of fresh air. This is because fresh air will help rejuvenate the body and suppress the effects of mildew or mould inhalation.
You also need to make your house free of moulds and mildew by using air purifiers, dehumidifiers, and HEPA cleaners.
House materials contaminated by moulds and mildew need to be replaced and discarded properly.