That green stuff growing in your house isn’t decorative: A record amount of rain combined with 100-plus-degree days has spawned the highest mold count recorded for the year, just short of an air pollution warning. And that is just for the air outdoors.

Mold can cause asthma in adults and kids: Infants who live in “moldy” homes are three times more likely to develop asthma by age 7. Allergist Tiina Reponen says, "Early life exposure to mold seems to play a critical role in childhood asthma development. Genetic factors are also important to consider in asthma risk, since infants whose parents have an allergy or asthma are at the greatest risk of developing asthma." read more

Toxic mold is becoming a serious problem nationwide. “Oh this is no hype. This is real. This is very real. And people get very ill from this,” says Elena Walker, one of its victims.

Walker works at the Houston, Texas office of the IRS and says her job is taxing her health. “Three months after I began working, I broke out with hives. It [swelled] up my eyes. I looked like I’d been in a fight with Mike Tyson,” Walker says. “It’s not an allergy. It’s a toxin. It’s a poison.”
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