Recognizing the Symptoms of Mold Exposure

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It’s almost impossible to avoid mold—it grows just about anywhere it can, especially in dark and damp areas. There are spores everywhere you go. The good news is that most of the time, these spores are harmless, and you won’t get sick from being around them. However, for those with poor immune systems, there’s a higher chance mold exposure will results in sickness or allergic reaction symptoms. Because mold can be difficult to identify, it’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms of mold exposure.

Mold Exposure

There are many different kinds of mold, but the three main categories are Penicillium, Cladosporium, and Aspergillus. These molds can grow both indoors and outdoors, mainly in places with a lot of moisture. There are over 100,000 different types of molds, but thankfully, you don’t need to know what type of mold you have growing in your house in order to get rid of it.

Depending on the strength of your immune system and the type of mold, exposure to mold and mold spores can be very harmful. There are only a few types of molds that can cause allergic reactions: Alternaria, Penicillium, Cladosporium, and Aspergillus.

Symptoms of Mold Exposure

The symptoms of mold exposure or a mold allergy are similar to cold symptoms and seasonal allergies. Depending on your individual health, these symptoms may differ, but the most common signs of mold exposure include:

  • Dry or scratchy throat
  • Coughing
  • Itchy face and dry skin
  • Watery or irritated eyes
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Brain fog

If you are experiencing symptoms and suspect mold is the culprit, contact your health care provider. They may be able to offer medication or even allergy shots to help minimize your symptoms.

After seeking medical help, it’s important to tackle the source of the mold exposure. If you’ve been exposed within your home, professional mold remediation services will likely be necessary. At Pure Breathing, we specialize in mold identification, inspection, and remediation. Our deep-cleaning remediation process is customized to each customer’s unique needs and aims to minimize lasting damage to the home and belongings. If you’re worried about mold exposure in your home, contact the team at Pure Breathing.

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