Symptoms of Mold Exposure

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What Symptoms are You Experiencing?

Exposure to mold causes similar symptoms that occur in other types of respiratory allergies. Some people are more sensitive to mold than others and will react differently. Exposure to molds can cause eye irritation, headaches, skin rash, wheezing, and nasal stuffiness. Some symptoms may only last 4 to ­8 hours after heightened exposure. Severe reactions can occur in the home or workplace if the occupants are exposed to large amounts of mold. Heightened mold exposure in the contaminated areas can be the result of a roof leak, pipe leak, improper cleaning and maintenance, poor ventilation, etc.

Individuals who are more susceptible to mold illness may have severe reactions to mold exposure. These symptoms can be fevers, shortness of breath, and sinus pressure. Some people with chronic lung disease or illnesses may develop an infection with mold growing within the lungs.

MILD REACTIONS
● Stuffy nose
● Headache
● Itchy eyes

SEVERE REACTIONS
● Fever
● Shortness of breath
● Sinus pressure
● Lung disease

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) completed studies that found significant evidence to link mold exposure with the upper respiratory tract symptoms in otherwise healthy people. Those individuals with asthma symptoms and hypersensitivity pneumonitis are more severely affected by exposure to heightened levels of mold. Other recent studies suggest links of early mold exposure to development of asthma in some children.

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