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Toxic Mold

Mold is a kind of fungus that can be found nearly anywhere: indoors, outdoors, in yards, wheat fields, bathrooms, and kitchens. There are over 20,000 varieties of mold, most of which are perfectly harmless to humans. There is one variety, however, that can cause serious health problems over the course of long term exposure. This type of mold is often referred to as black mold or toxic mold.

Some people are especially vulnerable to toxic mold reactions, also known as toxic mold syndrome. Young children, elderly people, and people with allergies may react more strongly to toxic mold than others. However, nearly anyone can become ill after consistent exposure to high levels of this fungus.

Toxic mold can make people sick by releasing certain spores, known as mycotoxins, into the environment. Health problems result when these spores are inhaled. Symptoms can become apparent quickly or gradually, depending on a person’s immune system and overall health.

Symptoms of Toxic Mold Syndrome

The symptoms of toxic mold syndrome can be mild or severe, and can vary from one person to the next. Some of the potential symptoms include:

  • Runny nose and watery eyes
  • Asthmatic episodes
  • Persistent coughing
  • Infection of the sinuses, skin, digestive track, or lungs
  • Digestive problems

These problems can be prolonged if healthcare providers have difficulty diagnosing the problem. It can be difficult to distinguish between toxic mold syndrome and other allergies or infections.

Toxic Mold and Premises Liability

Mold can be found in nearly any damp environment, especially if it is not cleaned regularly. It can develop in homes, especially in kitchens or bathrooms, and in soft products like mattresses that are incorrectly stored. People who sell or rent homes or products have a duty to make sure they are free of dangerous molds.

Contact Us

If you have developed health problems after being sold or leased a home with toxic mold, you may have grounds for legal action. Contact Jacksonville toxic mold lawyer Don Guthrie, P.A., at 904-296-1088.

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