The Doctors TV Show Discusses Mold
“Mold can also be completely harmless, but in some situations, it can be truly deadly,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
“One study found a child’s risk of asthma can double from simply smelling mold,” pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says.
“Pregnant women fall into the [compromised immune system] category,” Dr. Lisa says. “They can get really sick from respiratory infections, however no studies have shown that mold causes birth defects.
Last week, the hosts of the Doctors Show discussed mold.
Here are the Top Ten Mold Tips made by the Doctors and the Environmental Protection Agency:
1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
5. Reduce indoor humidity (30 to 60 percent is recommended) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.
6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth.
7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (e.g., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof or floors) by adding insulation.
9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (e.g., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, provided moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.
— Got #Mold?™ (@gotmoldglobal) September 27, 2012