When one person in a household is diagnosed with mold illness, it can affect the whole family. There are often many changes needed to reduce mold exposure and improve the indoor air quality in the home. These environmental and lifestyle changes affect everyone in the household, and often lead to questions.

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This downloadable resource for family members of people diagnosed with mold-related illness answers four questions that ISEAI medical and indoor environmental professionals (IEPs) hear most often.

Example FAQ:

If mold was the problem, wouldn’t everyone in the house be sick?

It seems like that would be true, but actually, no. The same way that a whole family can be exposed to the flu, and only one person ‘gets sick,’ immune system responses to pathogens and toxins are highly individual. They are not the same for all people.

It is possible for people to have reactions to mold ranging from no symptoms, to ‘allergies’ with nasal congestion, to debilitating illness. Unlike the flu, mold exposure tends to be ongoing in a home, and symptoms can persist for years.

Get answers to other common questions:

  • Mold spores are everywhere, including outside. Isn’t mold normal?
  • If I can’t see mold, can it really be affecting the air that we breathe?
  • And more…

A diagnosis of mold-related illness can mean many changes for the household.  Lifestyle changes required may include an environmental assessment of the home, mold remediation, decluttering, small particle cleaning, renovation, medical treatment, dietary changes, and more.  It’s a lot to take in.  It’s normal for family members to have questions.

We hope you found this resource helpful.  Whether you are a patient or a family member, if you have any feedback on this document, please send us an email.  We’d love to hear from you.

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