Healthy Living

15 Household Items That Can Make You Sick

11. Hidden mold

A more devious contributor to potential ill health is hidden mold in the house. Most people don’t think of mold growth as a concern except after a natural disaster, like a hurricane or flood, but the fungi can grow unknown in the home and make you sick. Symptoms of hidden mold include allergic reactions, severe headaches, vomiting, chronic lung illnesses, infections, and more, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Many people associate mold growth with older homes, but modern homes are just as susceptible — maybe even more so: their energy efficiency means tighter seals, which traps water inside. In addition, mold thrives on modern home materials like drywall, fabric, and wallpaper. Combine these two factors, and it makes for the perfect breeding ground for mold.

To prevent fungal growth, fix water leaks immediately and keep the indoor humidity below 50%. If you suspect your home has mold growing somewhere, don’t hesitate to call in a professional inspector; your body will thank you later.