Symptoms of Mold Exposure
People often mistake the symptoms of mold exposure for other things. They might think they are experiencing seasonal allergies, like hay fever. They might wonder if they are allergic to pet dander. They might think they just have a cold or sinus infection since mold symptoms resemble those common conditions. Of course, if you realize you have a mold problem in your home, you might suspect your symptoms are related to mold.
Many people don’t realize they have a mold problem until they start getting sick, though. That’s because mold often grows in places where it’s hard to spot, like inside walls, inside heating ducts, and under flooring.
We encountered mold in an apartment we lived in for about 5 years. The building was about 40 years old, and although the property and building were well maintained, the carpets in the bedrooms appeared old. We used to watch T.V. in one of the rooms, however, my husband has asthma and always had huge breathing problems while living there. We’ve moved from that building a couple of years ago and his asthma has improved greatly in our new place. Makes you question, what was lurking in those walls or under the carpets?
Common Symptoms of Mold Exposure
The most common mold symptoms are similar to symptoms of exposure to other environmental allergens, and include things like:
- A runny nose
- Sinus congestion
- Red, itchy, watery eyes
- Headaches, migraines
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling of tightness in the chest
- Asthma attacks. Follow this link to learn more about asthma due to mold