Mould is a fungus whose spores are invisible to the naked eye. It can form colonies in various parts of a building where there is:
When it appears in a small area and is cleaned up quickly, mould is generally not a particular problem. When it grows significantly, however, mould releases particles into the air that can lead to health problems when inhaled.
There are a variety of symptoms that can be associated with exposure to mould. Each person can react differently depending on the degree of exposure and his or her general health. The main symptoms are the following:
It is important to remember that symptoms can also be caused by other types of indoor air contaminants, including:
If you think that your symptoms or those of a family member may be caused by mould, see a health-care professional or call Info-Santé 811.
Some people are at higher risk of developing health problems when exposed to mould. They include:
You can take certain precautions to avoid being exposed to mould and developing the associated health problems.
Preventing the development of mould in your home and knowing how to spot it are important. To do this:
For more advice, read Finding and Eliminating Mould from Your Home.
Last update: April 6, 2017 11:14 AM
The information on this website by no means replaces the advice of a health professional. If you have questions regarding your health, contact Info-Santé 811 or see a health professional.