Frequently Asked Questions: Indoor Mold | Florida Department of Health in Brevard – Florida Department of Health

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September 28, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions: Indoor Mold

Cynthia Leckey, EH Director
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Viera, FL — The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County (DOH-Brevard) addresses some of the most common questions concerning indoor mold.

How can I tell if there is mold in my home?

  • Search areas where you notice mold odors, if you smell an earthy or musty odor, you may have a mold problem.
  • Indoor mold growth can usually be seen or smelled.
  • Look for visible mold growth as it may appear cottony, velvety, rough or leathery and have different colors like white, gray, brown, black, yellow or gr
  • Mold often emerges as a staining or fuzzy growth on furniture or building materials, such as walls, ceilings or anything made of wood or paper.
  • Look for signs of moisture or water damage, such as water leaks, standing water, water stains and condensation. Check around air handling units, such as air conditioners and furnaces, for standing wate

Who is most affected by mold?

Infants, young children, older adults, people with chronic respiratory conditions and people with weakened immune systems may be affected sooner and more severely than others by mold in the home. If you have concerns, you should consult a healthcare provider if you feel your health has been affected by indoor mold.

What health problems can be caused by mold?

There are four kinds of health problems that come from exposure to mold: allergic illness, irritant effects, infection and toxic effects. For people who are sensitive to molds, symptoms may occur such as nasal and sinus irritation or congestion, dry hacking cough, wheezing, skin rashes or burning, or watery, reddened eyes. People with severe allergies to molds may have more serious reactions, such as hay fever-like symptoms. People with weakened immune systems may be more likely to get infections from certain molds, viruses and bacteria. Molds can also trigger asthma attacks or cause development of asthma. Headaches, memory problems, mood swings, nosebleeds and body aches and pains are sometimes reported in mold complaints. The long-term presence of indoor mold may eventually become a problem. Please note, that allergic reactions to mold are common and can be immediate or delayed.

How should mold be cleaned?

Mold should be cleaned as soon as it appears. Persons who clean mold should not be in one of the risk groups noted above. Do not use ozone generators. Protective gloves and safety goggles should be worn during cleaning Small areas of mold should be cleaned using detergent/soapy water or a commercial mildew or mold cleaner. The cleaned area …….


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