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Symptoms Mold Allergy

Issue: Allergens

Dangers of Mold Spores on your Health

If you have an allergy to mold, its presence in your home can make you feel miserable. More importantly, though, mold spores can impact your health negatively, making it difficult to enjoy the activities that you love to do. The symptoms triggered by mold exposure vary from one person to another in severity as well as in type.

For each person, the immune system identifies the spores as foreign particulates. The body's response varies, depending on the individual's level of sensitivity to the mold spores as well as to existing health factors. 

Signs & Symptoms of Mold Allergies

The list of common symptoms you may experience due to a mold allergy is long. The symptoms resemble what you may expect from a cold or hay fever. In addition to sneezing, you may have a runny nose that keeps you reaching for a handkerchief or tissue all day long.

Mold Exposure Symptoms

  • A stuffy nose.
  • Postnasal Drip that leads to coughing.
  • Irritation to your eyes, causing them to feel itchy or water for no apparent reason.
  • Your nose and throat may feel itchy or scratchy, requiring the continual use of cough drops to soothe the irritation.
  • Mold allergies have also led to dry skin that eventually develops scales, creating even more irritation and discomfort.

Frequency & Severity of Symptoms

Although more than one hundred kinds of mold exist, only some of them are known to cause allergic reactions like Brown and Black Mold. Higher concentrations of mold spores are likely to cause more serious reactions in individuals who are predisposed to allergic reactions to them.

For people who live in older homes with damp basements, the symptoms may occur all year. For other individuals, their symptoms may occur only during the winter or rainy seasons. 


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Serious Sickness (Illness) related to Toxic Mold Exposure

While mold spores in the home is dangerous for anyone, they are even more harmful for people with compromised immune systems. In addition to cold-like symptoms, the body may experience more severe reactions to mold, including chronic conditions.

Exposure to mold can lead to mucous-membrane and/or skin infections in people with poor immunity.

More Serious Conditions that can develop include:

  1. Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis; a condition leading to serious inflammation of the lungs due to exposure to mold spores. 
  2. Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis; a condition affecting the lungs of individuals with cystic fibrosis or asthma.
  3. Allergic Fungal Sinusitis; an inflammation of the sinus passages.

Perhaps the most commonly experienced severe reaction to mold spores occurs in people with asthma, a respiratory disease in which breathing becomes restricted as the individual's airway becomes inflamed. 

Symptoms of Asthma

  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Coughing​

When asthma and a mold allergy are both involved, the individual is likely to experience a severe asthma attack when exposed to the mold. 



Machines to help Fight Mold

Quality Air filtration, controlling humidity levels and mold elimination will all help with dealing with mold related problems.

  1. Use a Hepa Air Purifier to filter out all those mold spores which can get into the air and cause serious health issues if inhaled. 
  2. Use a Dehumidifier to lower your humidity level in your home to below 50% because mold will grow & spawn at levels above 50%. Normal humidity levels are between 30% to 50%.
  3. If the mold is in a small confined space (shower, counters, carpets), use a Vapor Steam Cleaner because it can kill mold with hot steam & no chemicals.

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Conclusion

When a person breathes in mold spores, the immune system responds in ways that are unpleasant. While prescriptions and over-the-counter medications can help to manage your symptoms, reducing your exposure to it produces better results.

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