black mould health risks

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Black mould health risks

To be very clear at the start, only certain vulnerable groups of individuals will be affected by black mould and black mould is very unlikely to be the root cause of an individual's health problem.  However, people suffering from respiratory illnesses such as asthma or bronchitis may see their symptoms aggravated by living in a mouldy property.

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We are only doctors of property...

At Peter Cox, we may be doctors when it comes to the health of your property, but we are not doctors when it comes to your health.. This is a guide is pulled together from professional organisations such as the Property Care Association (PCA, to health organisations such as the NHS and Mumsnet.


If you are at all concerned from reading the doctors, then we first and foremost suggest you consult with your doctor.

Types of black mould that can affect you

While there are many types of non-toxic black mould, some varieties (specifically Stachybotrys chartarum) are known to cause health problems. This species of black mould produces mycotoxins that can make you ill if you touch them or breathe them in.

Symptoms that black mould may be affecting you?

Some of the symptoms you may feel when within a room with black mould may include the following::

  • Runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Sneezing and/or cough
  • Runny nose
  • Nose bleeds
  • Sinus congestion
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Tight chest
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Eye and/or Skin irritation

If within a mouldy environment the symptoms can feel similar to that of Hayfever or a mild cold.

Please note: the above list of black mould health symptoms is not a complete list, however they are some of the common.

What to do if you are concerned about black mould health risks

If you are concerned that black mould is affecting your health, then the first place to go to is your local GP or doctor for the appropriate health advice.  

Our suggestion is that if you suspect black mould in a room is affecting your health, then avoid going into that room. If you would also like us to survey the room for dampness and black mould, then we can certainly assist with that.

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