Toxic molds such as Penicillium, Stachybotrys, Fusarium, Aspergillus, and Black Mold can cause indoor air quality problems leading to allergies and sickness. Many times these problems are a result of airborne mold spores and mycotoxins. Toxic mold and black mold have become a huge problem for homeowners and insurance companies.
Medical problems caused by mold and other environmental hazards in the home are far-reaching. They range from respiratory ailments - stuffy nose, itchy throat, wheezing, shortness of breath - to more unusual complaints of ear infection, asthma, and bronchitis. Such subtle symptoms as fatigue, headaches, inattentiveness, and dermatitis are possible reactions to an unhealthy environment.
If you're a young adult who does not smoke, drink alcohol, or take drugs, and if you eat nutritionally, get enough sunlight, and exercise daily, the toxins at home may not affect you. But if you are a little child, a pregnant woman, or over 60, or spend more than 12 hours a day at home, a few toxins in the home can change your life. People suffering from bronchitis, allergies, or heart problems are affected, too. A constant diet of environmental toxins puts physical stress on the human body. Add to this the emotional stress of hassles on the job, constant noise, and bad relationships, and you've got a human machine that is ripe for ill health. Such a condition stretches the limits of human adaptability.
The most dangerous are chronic delayed reactions. These result from almost daily exposure building up over time and can range from neurological damage to the risk of cancer from exposure to certain toxins in the air and water. Smoking, of course, hastens the ill effects.
Acute reactions (the opposite of chronic) occur shortly after exposure to high levels of contaminants. They may be just as severe, but they are easier to detect and signal that something is not agreeing with you. You may develop a rash or headache, for example, soon after being exposed to a heavily contaminated home. Some people react more quickly to contaminants than others do. People who wear contact lenses, for example, often are bothered by environmental toxins in the air before anyone else is. Allergic people and those with respiratory problems are often among the first to notice irritating symptoms.