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Mold Hazards

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has a broad overview of environmental conditions and hazards, such as mold, that affect the citizens of Arkansas. Homeowners can hire indoor air quality service providers to identify mold problems, or mold remediation professionals to clean or remove mold.  ADH does not provide inspection, testing, or cleaning services.

You will find more information about mold listed below.

Mold is a type of fungus.  Mold spores are commonly found in both the indoor and outdoor air, but they will only grow if they find the right conditions.  Mold requires three simple elements to grow:

  1. Moderate temperatures
  2. Nutrients (food)
  3. Moisture

Mold can start to grow on interior building surfaces and furnishings if there is too much moisture. Eventually, the mold will damage the materials on which it is growing and may cause health effects for individuals who spend time living or working in the areas where mold is present.

Health effects from mold can vary greatly from person to person.  Common symptoms can include coughing, runny nose, wheezing, and sore throat.  People with asthma or allergies may notice their symptoms worsen.

Many molds are capable of producing allergens and irritants that can be harmful to your health.  For this reason, all indoor mold growth should be removed promptly, regardless of the type of mold present.

Anyone with health concerns that may be a result of a moldy environment should contact their medical provider.


Office Address Phone Fax
Environmental Epidemiology 4815 W. Markham - Slot 32
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-534-6125 501-280-4090

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