How Bathroom Mold Affects Your Health

Posted on: 4 April 2018

Mold thrives in humid environments. In a regular home, there are few places that are more ideal for mold growth than the bathroom. People will inevitably leave water on the floor when walking out of the shower or tub and the steam from a hot shower or bath will rise to the ceiling and leave moisture on the walls. In case you have plumbing behind the walls or underneath the floors, a leak could be causing dampness without you even noticing.

Therefore, as long as the conditions are right, you may find mold growing in any number of places in your bathroom. There are many ways in which this is bad for your health.

The Health Effects

Some people can experience serious side effects if they come in contact with mold while others may not experience any negative side effect at all. For those who are sensitive to mold, some of the possible side effects may include:


  • An asthma attack    

  • Irritation of the skin, throat, eyes, lungs, or nose    

  • Allergic reactions such as a running nose, skin rash, and red eyes.         

  • Shortness of breath    

  • Serious lung infections in people with immune systems that have been compromised

Who is at Risk?

Exposure to mold affects people quite differently. Some people will have little to no reaction to the presence of mold in the home. However, some people might have very serious reactions when exposed to even a little mold. Some people might even start to show signs of being exposed to mold before they realize there is a damp location in the house. People who are commonly at risk include:

  • Infants and children    

  • Elderly people    

  • People with an immune system that has been affected by chemotherapy, cancer, HIV or liver disease    

  • People with chronic lung disease

Dealing with Bathroom Mold

Usually, the simplest solution to getting rid of mold is to get rid of moisture from the location. However, this will be pointless in a bathroom. Instead, other approaches that you can take include:    

  • Install an exhaust fan so moisture is carried out

  • Avoid the use of carpeting in the bathroom. Instead, you can use area rugs which you can be removing and washing regularly

  • Inspect your tubs and basins for any leaks and have these fixed

  • Keep a window open while you shower    

  • Don't leave damp towels on the floor or in the hamper

  • Contact a plumber to fix all existing plumbing leaks, and keep their number on hand to deal with leaks or running fixtures immediately in the future

However, it there's already mold in the bathroom, this has to be removed first. Look for professional mold removal services to ensure no mold is left behind.