People who expose to moldy environment will have the common symptoms - Mold Allergy. When a person inhales the air that contains high mold spores , the immune system overreacts and that such condition can lead to respiratory disease. 

According to doctors at Mayo Clinic, mold allergy symptoms are triggered by an overly sensitive immune system response. When you inhale tiny, airborne mold spores, your body recognizes them as foreign invaders and develops allergy-causing antibodies to fight them.

After the exposure has passed, you still produce antibodies that "remember" this invader so that any later contact with the mold causes your immune system to react. This reaction triggers the release of substances such as histamine, which cause itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing and other mold allergy symptoms.

However, only certain types of mold causes allergy to the body. Some of the most common molds that cause allergies include alternaria, aspergillus, cladosporium and penicillium.

Mold and its symptoms

1) Surface Mold

  • Signs of water intrusion (discoloration, peeling or bubbling paint, bulging walls or ceilings).

  • Water intrusion (broken pipe, flooded basement, roof leak, etc.) that wasn't completely dried out within 24 - 48 hours.

  • A musty smell.

Persistent physical symptoms

  • Sneezing

  • Runny noses

  • Red eyes

  • Skin rashes

  • Nasal stuffiness

  • Throat irritation

  • Coughing or wheezing

Top Symptoms Associated with Mold-Associated Illness

  • Fatigue and weakness

  • Headache, light sensitivity

  • Poor memory, difficult word finding

  • Difficulty concentration

  • Morning stiffness, joint pain

  • Unusual skin sensations, tingling and numbness

  • Shortness of breath, sinus congestion or chronic cough

  • Appetite swings, body temperature regulation,

  • Increased urinary frequency or increased thirst

  • Red eyes, blurred vision, sweats, mood swings, sharp pains

  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating

  • Tearing, disorientation, metallic taste in mouth

  • Static shocks

  • Vertigo, feeling lightheaded

Mold Allergy and Rhinitis

  • Sneezing

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Cough and postnasal drip

  • Itchy eyes, nose and throat

  • Watery eyes

  • Dry, scaly skin

Mold Allergy and Asthma

  • Coughing

  • Wheezing

  • Shortness of breath

  • Chest tightness

Other common symptoms:

  • Headaches

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Fever

  • Eye irritation

  • Sneezing

  • Rashes

  • Irritation to the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose and throat

  • Chronic coughing

CHECKLIST

(To indicate mold exposure and mold sensitivity)

  1. Do musty odors bother you?

  2. Have you worked or lived in a building where the air vents or ceiling tiles were discolored?

  3. Have you noticed water damage or discoloration elsewhere?

  4. Has your home been flooded?

  5. Have you had leaks in the roof?

  6. Do you experience unusual shortness of breath?

  7. Do you experience recurring sinus infections?

  8. Do you experience recurring respiratory infections and coughing?

  9. Do you have frequent flu-like symptoms?

  10. Do your symptoms worsen on rainy days?

  11. Do you have frequent headaches?

  12. Are you fatigued and have a skin rash?

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