San Diego Mold Lawyers – Mold can hurt you in a number of different ways. First, if you inhale the spores you may be ingesting mycotoxins which can cause numerous and serious health effects. Second, the spores may function as a irritant causing general allergic type reactions and upper respiratory symptoms. Third, mold emits a gas called a volatile organic compound which is characterized by the musty, moldy or “old” smell in your home or condo.
In this article we are going to focus on the VOCs. In mold, we classify these as microbial. Any organism that metabolizes lets off an volatile organic compound. When the metabolite is emitted into the air it can produce quite pungent and unpleasant odors. Studies have found an association between exposure to microbial volatile organic compounds and eye irritation, upper respiratory symptoms, allergy and persistent cold. There have also been links to headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nasal irritation and nausea. There are difficulties in determining the levels of mVOCs in rental unit but it is generally understood that the smell of a musty odor is indication of mVOCs in the air.
This musty smell, or mVOC, is often overlooked as a potential health threat. Common volatile organic compounds are benzene, ketone and formaldehyde. When these compounds come from mold we stick an “m” in front and call them “microbial.” Many people are deceived by mold tests, in particular, air sampling. Air sampling only tells you the spore count in the air. If the spore count is low, most people assume that they are not being effected by mold. To the contrary, if you are smelling strong musty odors than you are most definitely being effected by mold.
We at the Law Office of Harold D. Thompson are Clairemont Mold Lawyers who will vigorously fight against the insurance companies to make sure you get the compensation your deserve. If you believe that you or someone you know has been effected by toxic mold call a San Diego County Mold Lawyer that will fight for your rights. Call us TODAY at 619.615.0767 or visit our website www.ThompsonLawSD.com