Things You Should Know about Building Related Illness (BRI)
Thursday, June 8th, 2017 | Categories: Black Mold, Children and Mold, Indoor Air Quality, Sick Building, Toxic Mold,Indoor Air Quality | No Comments
What is a Building Related Illness?
The term building-related illness (BRI) is used to describe illnesses occurring in a specific indoor environment.
Our clients often experience symptoms of various illnesses only in one indoor environment. BRI are real and can be experienced at home, work, hotel rooms or other environments including airplanes and vehicles. Negative health symptoms often disappear soon after leaving the specific environment. Have you ever experienced this?
The inspectors at Volunteer Mold and Indoor Air Quality have experienced this phenomena thousands of times in our clients homes and businesses.
The health impact and the reactions of people within these environments often varies greatly from individual to individual. While some people, in the same environment experience no negative exposure symptoms, some experience severe reactions and illness to the same level of exposure.
We believe that all BRIs are preventable by eliminating and controlling the conditions that can lead to the harmful exposures. We have proven this in the performance of Mold Removal and Remediation in our buildings many times over the years.
Health Impacts of BRI.
Health impacts for those occupants exposed to toxic mold and black mold contamination may include allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis (also called extrinsic allergic alveolitis and infections such as histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis.
Mycotoxins produced by mold exposures can also produce adverse health effects.
However, those with underlying health conditions may be more sensitive to molds. Folks with allergies or respiratory conditions such as asthma, sinusitis, or other lung diseases may be more easily affected. Those with a weakened immune system tend to be more sensitive to molds.
A person’s immune system can be weakened if the individual has conditions such as pregnancy, diabetes, autoimmune disease, leukemia or AIDS; or is recovering from surgery, chemotherapy or treatment with steroids.
Infants, children, and the elderly have been shown to be more susceptible to health problems due to mold exposure.
Common health effects associated with mold exposure include allergic reactions similar to common pollen or animal allergies. Symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, eye irritation, coughing, congestion, aggravation of asthma, and skin rash.
If you suspect your environment at work or home, may be causing an illness in your family or coworkers, contact us for a full professional assessment of your indoor air quality.
The Inspections Experts at Volunteer Mold and Indoor Air Quality have helped thousands of people live better indoors and beat Building Related Illness every time.