If you have black mold growing in your home or workplace, then, to put it simply, you’ve got problems. Black mold, whose formal Latin names are Stachybotrys chartarum or Stachybotrys atra, grows in conditions of dampness. You might unknowingly bring the mold spores into your home or place of business on your shoes or clothing, on something you’re carrying, such as a shopping bag, or on some other conveyance. Someone else might bring it in, too—a visitor, a deliveryperson, or another family member, for example. And as long as your home remains dry, you aren’t likely to have a problem. Mold spores grow, multiply, and thrive in damp conditions, you see, and so if the air in your home or business has been compromised by a flood, a water leak, or a weather event such as a hurricane that leaves your indoor air humid with no air conditioner to mitigate the conditions, then you’re a sitting duck for a mold invasion.
The main route for black mold spores and mycotoxins to take to enter the body is via your breathing them in. This explains why your first hint that you have a black mold problem might be an irritation and/or a burning feeling in your breathing passages—in your nose, mouth, and throat. If the mycotoxins reach your lungs, you might experience a burning sensation, difficulty breathing, and even bleeding within your lungs.
What are some other symptoms you might experience?
Difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing, swelling of the lungs and/or bleeding in the lungs, sore throat, burning sensation in the mouth, bleeding gums, runny nose, itchy nose, stuffy nose, nosebleeds; irregular heartbeat, inflamed heart, heart damage, low blood pressure, disruption of production of bone marrow, bleeding issues, or blood not clotting properly, or hemorrhage, vomiting blood, bleeding in the brain and other organs; eye inflammation, sore eyes, bloodshot eyes, eye damage, blurry vision, changes for the worse in vision acuity (worsening eyesight), jaundiced (yellowed) eyes; rashes, sensation of skin crawling, dermatitis, jaundiced skin; suppressed immune system, recurring infections; birth defects occurring to the fetus of a pregnant woman exposed to black mold, infertility, impotence, miscarriage; tiredness and fatigue, soreness of muscles and/or joints, drowsiness, weakness, generalized aches and pains, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, headaches, flu-like symptoms, recurring colds, fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; weight loss, anorexia, hearing loss, hair loss, liver disease, coma, and last but hardly least, death.
Naturally all of these conditions have other causes as well, but if you have a combination of these symptoms and/or believe you may have been working or living in damp conditions, suspect exposure to black mold—and eradicate it.