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Physical Signs & Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Physical Signs & Symptoms of Mold Exposure

By Christeena Satterfield

symptoms of moldMold is common and can grow on any moist surface, both indoors and outdoors. Similarly, to any allergy, mold allergy symptoms are triggered by an immune response. When microscopic mold spores are inhaled, your body recognizes them as invaders and develop antibodies to destroy them.

Since an immune response was activated, even after the exposure has passed your body will produce antibodies that act in a way of remembering the invader. Sometimes this can result in a more rapid and exaggerated response. This triggers another response by releasing histamine. This causes itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and other allergy symptoms.

Mold allergies have similar signs and symptoms of other upper respiratory allergies and cold illnesses.

Some signs and symptoms of mold exposure to be aware of:

  • Sneezing/sometimes sneezing fits
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Cough and nasal drip
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Itchy nose and throat
  • Dry and scaly skin

If these symptoms persist, consult a doctor.  Most allergic responses aren’t serious but can be more serious to those with compromised immune systems or respiratory illnesses.  

Risk Factors Associated with Mold Exposure

Hereditary allergies and asthma will make you more susceptible to developing mold allergies or worsen existing mold allergy symptoms.  Living in a house with high humidity may increase your exposure to mold.  Indoor humidity shouldn’t be above 50%.  Mold can grow anywhere if the conditions are favorable – usually moist surfaces. Exposure can come from mold build-up in your house, even if you can’t see it.  Always properly ventilate your house. Read more here for tips on preventing the growth of mold.

Have A Mold Problem? Schedule A Mold Inspection

At Green Home, we want you and your family to be healthy and safe. We offer services for mold inspection and remediation. If you or members of your family show signs and symptoms of mold exposure, be sure to have your home inspected for mold as soon as possible. With over 30 years’ experience, our trained technicians have the skills and equipment required for seeking and detecting mold. Don’t wait until it’s too late, contact us today.

For more information, please contact Green Home Air:

Green Home Air:
3704 Laurelcrest St
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
(801) 784-2401

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