Due to the substantial increase in toxic mold cases being reported in the greater NYC area, major health concerns from toxic mold amidst an already potent flu season have officials scrambling for solutions.
Many people are curious about what kind of doctor they should consult if they have a mold infestation problem in their home. This is an understandable question as mold symptoms can be confusing even to the best physicians as they often resemble symptoms resulting from other conditions such as asthma, the common cold, skin irritations and rashes, and/or just about any other bacterial infection.
"According to the CDC or the Center for Disease Control, most physicians who have training in allergen pathology are well equipped to treat patients who have been exposed to mold. However, it is true that there is an entirely new branch of medicine dedicated to those that are affected by environmental allergens. These physicians are referred to as clinical ecologists and are gaining popularity," according to Staten Island mold services professionals.
Some molds produce potentially toxic substances called mycotoxins, there is a significant debate about health risks associated with exposure to certain types of molds. Mold-related personal injury claims typically arise as the result of alleged exposure to molds that produce mycotoxins, including Aspergillus, Penicillium, Cladosporuim and, principally, Stachybotrys chartarum, also known as Stachybotrys atra, the green-black mold blamed for a wide variety of illnesses when found indoors.
According to Motty Katz, the owner of Five Boro Mold Specialist, a NYC mold inspections and NYC mold removal company, "The main hazardous species belong to the following categories of mold families:
There are numerous types of fungi that are commonly found in indoor environments. The Cladosporium and Aspergillus fungi for example make up 75 % of the toxic mold particles that infest homes and indoor environments." As we all know mold naturally occurs outside and it enters indoor environments via mold spores or active fungi attaching themselves to dust particles. "Filtering incoming outside air and following a regular program of maintenance and cleaning of HVAC ducts can reduce the levels of molds that may enter and flourish in indoor environments," stated Motty Katz of Five Boro Mold Specialist.
The greatest health risks are typically caused by the Aspergillus and Penicillum mold strains. Various strains of these mold families of molds have been the main reason for people developing asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and pulmonary mycosis. With symptoms that range in their severity from major organs to other major medical issues that may arise from toxic mold exposure, it may be necessary to involve a physician who specializes in dealing with environmental pathogens. After all, no one should have to take any chances with their health.
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