LIFESTYLE & COMMUNITY

7 Not-So-Obvious Symptoms Of Mold Exposure

Date December 28, 2018 13:29

Mold can be found anywhere. It is a type of fungus that grows both indoors and outdoors if the conditions in the environment facilitate its growth. In homes, mold usually grows in damp places, such as bathrooms and basements, but it can grow in any room where there are high levels of humidity. Patches of mold certainly look unsightly, although mold isn't always visible and may grow in places you can't see, such as under the floorboards. In addition to its nasty appearance, mold can also have a negative effect on your health.

Mold exposure doesn't always produce symptoms. Certain types of mold are considered harmless (such as those used in the food industry), and mold requires certain conditions to emit toxins. The severity of symptoms caused by mold exposure varies from person to person, and those who have a mold allergy, or asthma, or other diseases of the respiratory system, usually get worse symptoms.

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Below is the list of symptoms that may be caused by mold exposure:

1. Eye irritation

Eye symptoms produced by the exposure to mold are characteristic of an allergy. If you're exposed to mold, your eyes may become itchy, red, and watery.

2. Skin irritation

Mold exposure can lead to skin dryness, irritation, and itching in some people. It can also aggravate certain skin conditions, such as eczema.

3. Post-nasal drip

Post-nasal drip is when excess mucus runs from the back of your nose down your throat, causing soreness. Being exposed to mold can cause this symptom in some people.

4. Coughing

Exposure to mold can trigger coughing even in healthy people who don't have an allergy and/or asthma.

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5. Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath is a symptom that is particularly severe in people who have asthma. Some studies even link exposure to mold to the development of this condition.

6. Fatigue

Feeling tired is a non-specific symptom that can be caused by a wide variety of conditions. Constant mold exposure can also cause people to feel tired of seemingly no obvious reason.

7. A headache

A headache is a less common symptom of mold exposure. Those who suffer from migraines may notice that mold is one of their triggers.

If you think you have symptoms of mold exposure, check your home for the presence of mold. Because mold isn't always visible, you may need to have your home tested.

The CDC has some recommendations as to how to keep the mold in check.

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This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.