Mold: it's everywhere! But in high concentrations, mold can cause serious health problems for those who come in close contact with it. From allergic reactions that cause coughing and sneezing to infections that lead to something worse, mold can be extremely harmful. Although most strains won't end your life, it's important to know the signs and symptoms of mold exposure.
From Quora user Lisa Yee-Litzenberg:
My daughter Mia suffered from exposure to toxic mold spores for over 3 years. Once we figured out the cause, we got the house cleaned up by a top mold remediation company, and our daughter has recovered completely!
The National Eczema Association asked me to share her story, which includes... a sudden onset of chronic eczema (skin that itched 24 hours/day over 90% of her body and required 3 hospitalizations for intensive treatments, chronic sinus issues, sensitivity to light, headaches, joint pain, extreme lethargy, inability to concentrate, frequent bloody noses, hair loss.
Some of these symptoms were signs of Stage 2 exposure to toxic mold spores. Stage 3 includes organ failure... we were extremely thankful for finding out the cause and being able to restore her health.
From Quora user Phil Clark:
If you have a mold allergy, the best defense is to reduce your exposure to the types of mold that cause your reaction. Medications can help keep mold allergy reactions under control. Mold allergy causes the same signs and symptoms that occur in other types of upper respiratory allergies. Signs and symptoms of allergic rhinitis caused by mold allergy can include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, cough and postnasal drip, itchy eyes, nose and throat, watery eyes, and dry, scaly skin.
You may have year-round symptoms or symptoms that flare up only during certain times of the year. You may notice symptoms when the weather is damp or when you're in indoor or outdoor spaces that have high concentrations of mold.
From Quora user Victor Mankad:
Exposure to a large number of mold spores may cause allergic symptoms such as watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, itching, coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, headache, and fatigue. Repeated exposure to mold can increase a person’s sensitivity, causing more severe allergic reactions. These problems are worse indoors, where mold causes indoor air quality problems. Certain molds, such as Stachybotrys and Aspergillus, can produce toxins called mycotoxins under certain conditions. Exposure to mycotoxins can cause more serious illness.
From Quora user Alvin Anderson:
It is difficult to predict the degree of severity of the health risks associated with mold in the home. Sometimes, people may develop severe reactions to mold exposure. Symptoms of severe reactions, which are uncommon, include fever and difficulty breathing. People with compromised immune systems or those with chronic lung disease can develop serious infections of the lungs due to molds.
Allergic reactions to mold are the most common health effects of mold and are therefore the greatest health risk related to mold.