Symptoms of Black Mold Poisoning
People sometimes contact us, asking if symptoms they are experiencing are symptoms of black mold poisoning. We can tell you some of the possible symptoms of exposure to black mold but we can’t tell you if your particular symptoms are caused by black mold or by something else. If you think you might be experiencing symptoms of black mold poisoning, you should see your doctor. Let your doctor know if you’ve been exposed to black mold. If you think you may have been exposed but aren’t sure, call in a professional to test your home for mold. Click here for a list of professionals in your area that can test your home for black mold.
Symptoms of Black Mold Exposure
A very wide range of symptoms have been tied to exposure to black mold. Most people that experience symptoms will not experience all possible symptoms, though, and it’s difficult to say just why some people experience certain symptoms and others experience different symptoms. People with pre-existing respiratory disorders or disorders that affect the immune system are especially vulnerable to black mold. The very young and the elderly are also more susceptible to mold-related health problems, though people of any age can be affected.
Potential symptoms include respiratory and allergy-like symptoms such as labored breathing, wheezing, coughing, sneezing, runny nose or stuffed up nose, sore throat, itchy eyes, and asthma attacks or asthma-like symptoms in people that have not been diagnosed with the disease. Infections may result, such as sinus infections, pneumonia and bronchitis. In some serious cases, bleeding occurs in the lungs. Other possible symptoms include headaches or migraines, dizziness, fatigue, depression, trouble concentrating and an overall feeling of ill health.
The more you are exposed to black mold, the more severe your symptoms will likely become. Symptoms that start out relatively minor can become very serious over time.
Diagnosing Symptoms of Black Mold Poisoning
There are no laboratory tests your doctor can do, like blood tests or x-rays, that will show whether or not your symptoms are actually caused by black mold. Instead, doctors will consider whether or not you’ve been exposed to black mold, the specific symptoms you’re experiencing and when those symptoms began, and they may do some tests to rule out other causes of your symptoms in order to confirm the diagnosis. Make sure to tell your doctor about all your symptoms, when they began, and whether or not they’ve gotten worse over time. Let your doctor know if you’ve been exposed to black mold.
Treating Symptoms of Black Mold Poisoning
There is no single drug or other treatment that eliminates the symptoms of black mold poisoning. Instead, symptoms must be treated individually. For instance, allergy-like symptoms may be treated with antihistamines, infections may be treated with antibiotics and headaches may be treated with pain killers. Some symptoms will probably go away on their own once you are no longer exposed to black mold but some will still require medical treatment; an infection like pneumonia, for instance, will not go away without treatment.
Keep in mind that treatment will probably not be effective if you continue to experience exposure to the mold. It’s important to track down all sources of mold in the home, remove all traces of mold and make sure the job is done thoroughly. It’s also important to eliminate the moisture or other situations that allowed mold to begin to grow. Otherwise, symptoms will not be resolved even with medical treatment.
Why We Recommend a Free Consultation with a Mold Removal Professional
Some people prefer to clean up a mold problem in the home themselves, but in cases in which someone is already experiencing symptoms of exposure to mold, we recommend at least consulting with a professional first. Handling mold simply increases your health risks.
A mold removal professional will:
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