There are 3 separate categories of problems mold can create for the mold sufferer:
- Symptoms Related to Allergies.
- Mold Toxicity Issues
- Mold Related Infections
Symptoms Related to Allergies.
Mostly all mold related symptoms are related to allergies. When mold spores are inhaled, the body reacts via an allergic reaction. Allergic reactions are well warranted as they act as the body’s first line of defense against mold.
The longer a person is exposed to mold, the more sensitive they will become to mold spores. Over longer periods of time, more frequent allergic reactions will be triggered as the body becomes less tolerant to them. These allergic reactions will also increase in severity the longer a person is exposed to airborne mold spores.
An allergic reaction to mold could be associated with the following symptoms:
- Cold or flu like symptoms
- Sore throat
- Irritated, itchy throat
- Blocked nose
- Itchy nose
- Runny nose
- Sinus congestion
- Sinus headaches
- Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
- Irritated, itchy skin
- Skin rash, hives
- Watery eyes
- Red, bloodshot eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Itchy ears
- Hair loss, baldness
- Hay fever symptoms
There are over 16 different mold species that are considered toxic to humans. Mold species on this list produce mycotoxins which are poisonous to the human body.
If you have been in direct contact with a mycotoxin, a reaction worse than what a simple allergy would cause will be triggered. Symptoms from myotoxin exposure may include internal bleeding, organ damage, mental impairment, cancer, or even death.
The most common mold strain that produces mycotoxins is, stachybotrys chartarum, often known as black mold, and can be found pretty much anywhere in the home where excessive moisture is present.
Mold that winds up embedded in lung tissue will sometimes grow on its own as the lungs provide the perfect environment for mold to grow. Mold may also grow inside the sinus passages or even in the human digestive system if mold concentrations in the home are particularly high.
While healthy individuals should be able to fight off mold before an infection can take place, older or immune-compromised individuals are highly susceptible to infections whereby mold growth is rampant in the home. As a problem with mold contamination gets worse, the likelihood of developing a mold related infection greatly increases. Many cases of mold related deaths are on the books with many more taking place each year due to ignorance regarding the subject.
Species of mold that pay a significant role in mold related infections include penicllium, trichoderma, and aspergillus.
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