Did you know that US households spend over one billion dollars on healthcare in response to mold-related health problems? Most homeowners do not realize mold exposure is occurring until it is too late. The symptoms of mold exposure and common health issues are the same. However, being unaware of mold exposure can damage your immune system. Here are three common problems associated with mold.
Health Problem 1: Allergic Reactions
Reactions to mold exposure vary based on your genetics. Your immune system might be more sensitive to mold than your neighbor. An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system releases molecules in response to a foreign hazard, like mold. Some people with severe mold allergies experience trouble breathing and throat-tightening. Others get itchy eyes, runny nose, and wheezing. Inhaling mold spores is never encouraged for anyone, but allergy sufferers need to be especially careful.
Health Problem 2: Asthma and Mold
Asthma attacks can be triggered by even the smallest mold encounter. When asthma occurs, the lungs are overly sensitive to any object that is inhaled. Mold spores are microscopic, and homeowners often breathe them without knowing. When asthma sufferers inhale mold molecules, their immune system and lungs swell, causing inflammation. Furthermore, the reaction results in difficulty breathing. If mold is rampant, asthma sufferers may need to seek medical attention if breathing continues to be inconsistent. The best prevention methods for asthma attacks are using dehumidifiers and air purifiers to keep air quality high and mold concentration low.
Health Problem 3: I think I have a cold!
Many of the symptoms associated with mold exposure are like the common cold virus. Mold aggravates the lining of your nose, mouth, and throat. The disruption from exposure can cause itching. When the throat itches consistently, individuals are more likely to end up with a sore throat or cough. Coughing also stems from mold exposure in the lungs and in return, the lungs try to expel the mold out of the body. Lastly, mold can cause inflammation in the nose. Nasal inflammation leads to sneezing and difficulty breathing. If you have a stuffy nose, yet no mucus is produced, mold could be the culprit.
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