Symptoms of Mold Exposure


Sometimes people contact us and ask if they might be experiencing symptoms of mold exposure. We can’t diagnose anybody over the internet, of course. We can, however, tell you about some of the common toxic mold symptoms. If you’re experiencing some of these symptoms, you should have your home inspected for mold and also see your health care practitioner.

Symptoms of Mold Exposure

There are more than 100 types of mold commonly found in homes across America. Some types of mold are known to be hazardous to people’s health. Some are even considered toxic. While prolonged exposure to large amounts of mold will likely have a detrimental effect on anyone’s health, the symptoms of mold exposure can vary greatly based on many factors, including the type of mold, the amount of mold present, the amount of time someone has been exposed to the mold and the health of the individual.

Toxic mold symptoms may include any of the following:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • A runny nose
  • A “stuffy” head
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • A sore throat
  • Recurrent or persistent sinus infections
  • Asthma attacks or development of asthma in people that previously had no symptoms of the disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (a condition similar to pneumonia)
  • Recurrent or persistent bronchitis (an infection of the airways to the lungs)
  • Bleeding in the lungs
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Dizziness
  • Skin rash or hives
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • General feeling of malaise or simply not feeling well

Not everyone exposed to mold will experience all of these symptoms, of course. Elderly people, small children, people with respiratory problems and immune compromised people are most likely to experience toxic mold symptoms.

Treating Symptoms of Mold Exposure

If you experience toxic mold symptoms, you should seek medical treatment. Let your physician know that you think your symptoms might be caused by exposure to mold. If you are unsure if you have mold in your home, you can hire a professional mold tester to come in and inspect and test your home for you. Click here to find a professional mold tester in your area.

Treatment will depend on which symptoms you are experiencing and may also be affected by any other health problems you have. Infections, including sinusitis, bronchitis and pneumonia, are typically treated with antibiotics. Allergy-type symptoms, like sneezing, coughing and watery, itchy eyes, may be treated with antihistamines.

Some symptoms may disappear if you eliminate your exposure to mold, but others may not go away without treatment. See your physician to make sure you get the treatment you need, and to make sure you’re not mistaking symptoms of another health problem for toxic mold symptoms.

In addition to getting treatment for your symptoms, you will also need to have all mold removed from your home. Medical treatment will probably be ineffective if you continue to be exposed to mold, and additional symptoms may continue to develop over time. Some people prefer to hire a professional to remove mold while others prefer to tackle the task themselves. If you’re already experiencing symptoms of mold exposure, we recommend hiring someone to do the job because the process of cleaning up mold stirs up mold spores, which are easily inhaled. This can make your condition worse.

We encourage you to contact a professional to discuss mold removal because:

  • A professional will visit your home and offer a free assessment.
  • A professional will help you find all the mold in the home, even mold in hard-to-see locations.
  • A professional will know how to remove mold safely, without exposing you to additional health hazards.
  • A professional can give you information that will help you remove the mold safely in the event you decide to handle the job yourself.

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