Mold can grow anywhere indoors: in your basement, bathroom, under a leaking sink, or behind drywall. In large concentrations, toxic mold spores in the air can cause allergic reactions to building occupants. In the long run, these could develop into more serious health conditions.
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Basic Facts About Mold
Symptoms of Mold Allergies
Mold allergy has the same signs and symptoms as that of other types of upper respiratory allergies. Signs and symptoms of allergic rhinitis caused by mold allergy include:
Mold allergy symptoms can range from minor to severe, depending on the individual. You may experience symptoms throughout the year or only during particular seasons. Symptoms may appear during wet weather or when you’re in an indoor or outdoor environment with a lot of mold.
If you have mold allergies, your immune system reacts disproportionately when you breathe in mold spores. The best defense is to lessen your exposure to the types of mold that cause serious reactions. Medications can keep your reactions under control.
Mold Allergy and Asthma
Mold allergy is linked to asthma in certain people, and exposure causes constricted breathing and other airway symptoms. If you have both a mold allergy and asthma, exposure to mold spores may trigger your asthma symptoms.
Exposure to certain mold species can cause serious asthma attacks. Signs and symptoms of asthma include:
Who is at Risk?
Individuals who may be more sensitive to the effects of mold, in addition to people with allergies and asthma, are: