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What is mold?
Mold is a fungus that grows well in damp and warm areas. Indoors, mold can be found in humid areas such as basements and bathrooms.
Can mold make me sick?
For most people, mold is not a problem. Some people are sensitive or allergic to mold and can develop symptoms if they have it in their homes. Someone with asthma may find that being around mold makes their asthma symptoms worse.
If you are sensitive to mold, having it in your home may give you:
What should I do if I have mold in my home?
If you think you are having symptoms from an allergy to mold, make an appointment to see your doctor. They will do a basic exam and ask you questions about your home and work environment and symptoms. They may do a skin or blood test to see if you are allergic to mold.
If you are having difficulty breathing, call 911.
How should I clean up mold?
Even if you do not have symptoms, it is a good idea to remove mold if you can see it or smell it.
To clean up mold:
The CDC does not recommend testing for mold. Testing can be expensive, and it cannot tell you if the mold in your home will be a problem for you, because every person reacts differently.
To prevent future mold growth:
Last Updated: Tuesday May 17th 2016