Mold exposure can cause several health problems when left untreated. Knowing the symptoms will help keep you on your guard so that you can check for mold and eliminate it if found. It should be noted that the physical signs of sickness due to mold exposure might be the result of another issue, such as the flu or seasonal allergies.
Mold might cause weeping, itchy and scratchy eyes. The symptoms are similar to seasonal allergy. While mold is present, these uncomfortable eye issues can increase with extended exposure. When the mold is cleaned and removed completely the symptoms should slowly start disappearing. If the symptoms don't abate, the issue might lie elsewhere.
Respiratory issues are another common symptom of mold exposure. Coughing, wheezing, sneezing, sore throat, congestion and tightness of chest are all common. Trouble breathing might also occur, especially if you have a mold allergy. These symptoms are similar to what asthma sufferers go through. The difference is that an inhaler won't ease the symptoms, or at least not long-term. Just like with the other symptoms of mold exposure, mold must be removed before the health issues will ease up and then finally disappear.
Those with extreme mold allergies might experience rashes and itchy, flaky skin. This can also occur to those without allergies if the skin comes in direct contact with mold. Dizziness and fainting also occur in extreme cases. Additional issues include: diarrhea, hair loss, fatigue, nausea, headaches, inability to concentrate, disorientation, slowed response time, confusion, decreased sense of smell and insomnia. All of these symptoms should be taken seriously.
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