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Mold can be a major issue for a homeowner, and not just because of the damage that it can do to the house itself. Mold can also create some health issues for the people living in the home, and that’s what we’re going to address in this guide.
Potential health issues with mold are one of the main reasons that people get in touch with Houston mold removal services. We’ll look at a few of the major health problems you can expect to deal with if you’re exposed to mold.
Mold Health Issues
Allergies are some of the most common problems that people will encounter when dealing with mold, though these won’t affect everybody. The major problem with mold allergies is that most people don’t even know that they have them until they’re in close proximity to mold. By that point, you’ll know if you’re allergic or not because of the severity of the symptoms.
Some of the most common symptoms of being exposed to mold include an itchy throat, itchy eyes, an itchy nose, or sinus problems. In rare cases, you may end up dealing with more severe symptoms like nosebleeds, headaches, memory problems, or chronic fatigue. Mold allergies can affect people with asthma even more severely.
Another extremely common issue that people will face when exposed to mold is trouble breathing. When mold grows, its spores and cells will be spread into the air. When you inhale these microscopic particles, your respiratory system will start having trouble because of the irritation that they cause when they enter your lungs.
As with allergies, your reaction to these particles in the air will vary based on how sensitive you are to them. If you’re sensitive, they can be toxic and cause severe respiratory issues. If you’re not sensitive, you can still expect to deal with unexpected coughing, sneezing, and similar issues.
Aspergillosis is a condition that is caused by the Aspergillus mold. This mold doesn’t affect most people in a significant way, but when you’re sensitive to it, it can cause some major issues. For example, people who have a current lung disease or a weakened immune system can contract a few different kinds of aspergillosis.
For example, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis can affect your lungs and cause severe breathing problems. On the other hand, allergic aspergillus sinusitis will impact your nose and cause headaches. Aspergilloma can potentially cause coughing, sometimes producing blood, as well as other breathing issues.
Finally, chronic pulmonary aspergillosis can cause breathing problems, coughing, and weight loss.
There are some other common issues that are related to mold, but these can vary based on the individual. The most common other condition is a triggering of inflammation in the body, which is the body’s natural response to illness or foreign bodies entering it, such as mold.
However, there are several other conditions that mold has been at least tangentially linked to, including:
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
- Chronic rhinosinusitis
- Allergic alveolitis
- Allergic fungal sinusitis
These are only a few of the conditions that mold has been linked to, and further research into other conditions is underway.
Published by Rohan Manda