Mold is a type of organism that grows in damp and moist places, including areas of your house. What you might not know about mold is that 25% of people are genetically predisposed to become extremely sick when exposed to mold.
Symptoms of mold sickness can be common in other illnesses as well, which is why understanding it is important. Keep reading to understand 10 signs that you have a mold sickness.
1.) Dry Skin
The body reacts to mold as it would during an allergic reaction, which can result in hives as well as dry, itchy, inflamed skin.
Inhaling mold can also cause irritation of our sinuses that connect our nose and throat. Irritation in the throat and nose leads to sneezing, which is the body’s attempt to expel the mold causing the irritation.
The irritation in the throat caused by the increase of histamines as well as the inhalation of mold spores will result in a cough. Mold illness can also lead to things like bronchitis and even pneumonia, both of which also cause coughing.
Inhaling mold spores irritates your throat and the lining of your throat and lungs. This leads to inflammation and restriction of your airway, which results in wheezing.
5.) Watering Eyes
Histamines can also result in watery eyes. Histamines work to get allergens out of your body in any way they can. By triggering your eyes to water, it helps to flush out the perceived allergen.
6.) Postnasal Drip
As with sneezing and a runny nose, a postnasal drip is a result of the body trying to expel and defend against the mold. The body produces mucus to protect against the mold, and this excess mucus leads to postnasal drip.
7.) Difficulty Breathing
It makes sense that a restricted airway can make it difficult to breathe. This can lead to feeling short of breath, and even to asthma attacks if you also have asthma.
8.) Stuffy or Runny Nose
Mold often gets in our system when we inhale airborne mold spores. This can irritate the nose and cause our body to have an immune response and produces mucus. The mucus produced to fight the mold leads to a stuffed up nose.
9.) Chest Pressure or Tightness
Tightness and pressure in your chest is another symptom people have after being exposed to mold. The severity can vary from discomfort to very painful.
10.) Irritation of Throat, Eyes, and Nose
When we inhale mold spores, our body produces histamines, molecules that trigger your body to do what it can to get rid of an allergen. This includes sneezing and mucus production, but it also causes itchiness in your throat, eyes, and nose.
Avoiding Mold Sickness
Avoiding mold sickness is as simple as reducing the possibility of mold growth in your home. You can take precautions by using a dehumidifier, wearing a mask when working with plants, promptly drying clothes, repairing leaky pipes, and opening windows in the bathroom.
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