Medical Symptoms

Medical signs and symptoms associated to mold exposure.

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Medical Symptoms Associated With Mold Exposure

It is a fact that molds produce allergens and irritants that can cause exposed individuals to experience symptoms of hay fever i.e. sneezing, runny nose, skin rashes, irritated eyes as well as nose, throat and lung ailments.

Sufficient epidemiological evidence is available from studies conducted in different countries and under different climatic conditions to show that the occupants of damp or moldy buildings, both houses and public buildings, are at increased risk of respiratory symptoms, respiratory infections and exacerbation of asthma. Some evidence suggests increased risks of allergic rhinitis and asthma. –2009 World Health Organization

Many toxic molds produce poisonous substances called mycotoxins. These toxins interfere with cell structures and processes, and have the potential to cause serious health issues. Their effects on the human body have been documented using controlled conditions in a laboratory. Mycotoxins have been proven to be present indoors with victims suffering from:

 

  • pulmonary hemorrhage or pulmonary hemosiderosis (primarily in infants)
  • headaches and other flu-like symptoms
  • nose bleeds
  • immune system suppression (resulting in increased numbers of infections)
  • hair loss
  • chronic fatigue
  • psychological depression
  • diarrhea
  • sore throats
  • dermatitis

Other symptoms that have been associated with mold:

  • “burning” eyes
  • blurred vision
  • respiratory illness
  • chest pains
  • chest tightness
  • shortness of breath
  • wheezing
  • dry cough
  • nasal congestion
  • aggravated asthma
  • cognitive disorder

Below are some of the health effects you may experience when exposed to indoor air pollution produced by mold:

  • Acute Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Eye, nose & throat irritation
  • Sinus congestion
  • Itchy skin
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing & coughing
  • Digestive problems
  • Confusion
  • Loss of coordination
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Asthma exacerbation
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Central nervous system damage
  • Cancer

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