Mold Symptoms and Mold Allergies
Mold can be an allergen and irritant, creating mold symptoms which make it likely to pose health problems for certain individuals. Some people are particularly sensitive to mold and exposure can cause mold symptoms such as mold allergies. Mold symptoms include eye irritation and itchiness, sneezing, coughing and other respiratory issues. Extended exposure to mold can worsen the symptoms of asthma and mold allergies.
Some people are sensitive to mold. For these people, exposure to mold can cause mold symptoms such as:
- Nasal stuffiness
- Eye irritation and redness
- Skin irritation
People with serious mold allergies may have more severe mold symptoms which can include fever and shortness of breath or even mold infections in their lungs. In 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with mold symptoms such as upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough and wheeze in otherwise healthy people. Recent studies also suggest a potential link of early mold exposure to development of mold symptoms such as mold allergies and asthma in children, particularly among those who may be genetically susceptible to asthma development.
Mold symptoms and mold allergies. Should you call a doctor?
If you think you have mold symptoms or mold allergies, you should first consult a family or general health care provider who will decide whether you need to be referred to a specialist. Mold specialists might include an allergist who treats patients with mold allergies or an infectious disease physician who treats mold symptoms such as mold infections. If an infection is in the lungs, a pulmonary physician might be recommended. Patients who have been exposed to mold in their workplace may be referred to an occupational physician to diagnose their mold symptoms. While it is important to treat mold symptoms, it is equally imperative to identify and address the cause of your mold allergies.
Call a credentialed mold testing firm to perform an air quality assessment. They can perform tests to show you the types and amounts of mold in your home.