Mold Allergy and Exposure Symptoms and Risk Factors

Photo of Woman Sneezing from a Mold AllergyThe overwhelming majority of mold allergy symptoms out there are going to be different on an individual basis. Mold exposure symptoms can be quite mild, but in some rare cases they can also become incredibly severe and require medical attention to alleviate.

Mold allergy and exposure symptoms may present themselves only a handful of times around the year or may remain a major problem every day of the year all year round, though most people are going to notice that their symptoms elevate when the weather outside is damp and humid or when they are in indoor spaces that have a considerable amount of mold throughout.

Mold symptoms to be aware of include:

  • Running of the nose or sneezing frequently
  • Coughing, postnasal drips, and feeling as though your nose and sinuses are backed up
  • Struggling with itchy eyes and itchiness in both your nose and throat
  • Eyes that run for no reason at all
  • Skin that remains itchy and irritated on a regular basis

Understanding the Link Between Allergy Symptoms and Asthma

Those living with mold allergy issues are almost always going to deal with asthma problems as well. These two issues combined together create a significant amount of health problems and can be rather difficult to eliminate from your life without a strategic effort.

The overwhelming majority of symptoms that people struggle with when they present mold allergy symptoms related to asthma include:

  • Coughing fits that go on uncontrollable
  • Hacking and wheezing at all hours of the day and night
  • A difficulty breathing and a significant shortness of breath after even minimal exertion
  • Tightness in your chest, with extreme pressure on the lungs

Additional information can be found at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

How to Know When It’s Time to Visit a Doctor

Photo of a Doctor Consultation in OfficeIn most circumstances, dealing with mold allergies will not require you to seek out medical attention at any point in time. For the most part, these kinds of issues are going to go away all on their own as soon as you get away from the mold that is causing the problem to begin with.

In more extreme circumstances, however, you are going to need to seek out medical attention. If you are dealing with allergic reactions to mold that will not dissipate even after you have used over-the-counter medication or an air purifier dedicated for mold removal, then you should seek help from a doctor.

Breaking Down the Root Causes of Mold Exposure Symptoms

Like all other allergies, mold exposure symptoms are going to be triggered entirely by sensitive immune system responses to mold stimuli.

By breathing in the tiny airborne mold spores, you are exposing the delicate insides of your body to these exterior agents and that’s when you’re instant auto immune system kicks in.

Allergy anti-bodies are going to work to attack the invaders and destroy them, shoveling them out of your body. But, during this all-out attack on these invaders you’re going to present a number of allergy symptoms stemming from your mold exposure.

Common molds (including alternaria, aspergillus, cladosporium and penicillium) can cause a variety of different responses from your body, and it’s very uncommon for mold spores in your body to cause no reaction whatsoever.

Prepare to experience mold allergy reactions when you are around higher concentrations of these kinds of spores.

Understanding Mold Allergy Risk Factors

To better alleviate the stress and pressure that mold is going to put up on your body you need to do everything you can to mitigate mold exposure as best you can – and that’s only possible after the understand these risk factors in the first place.

A family history of mold allergies will elevate your risk factors significantly and you’re much more likely to develop your own allergies over time if you don’t have them already:

  • Occupations that are going to expose you to significant amounts of mold are going to heighten your sensitivity and biochemical response to mold spores in your body
  • Living in a home that deals with high humidity (anything over 50% on a consistent basis) dramatically improves the odds of mold exposure and mold allergies
  • Living in a building that has a considerable amount of moisture (from leaky roofs, sewer pipes, and gutters that aren’t working the way they should be) will expose you to a considerable amount of mold. This will almost always trigger reactions that tie back to mold exposure symptoms.
  • Buildings that have a low level of ventilation – especially in bathrooms where there is high heat and hot water – will grow a tremendous amount of mold. Your symptoms will shoot through the roof when living in these kinds of conditions.

Mold Allergy Complications

At the end of the day, it’s best you do everything you can to alleviate your mold exposure reactions as quickly as possible.

Over-the-counter medications, medical interventions, home air purifiers, as well as destroying mold wherever you may find it – will go a long way towards helping you avoid the following complications:

  • Asthma caused by mold can be incredibly challenging to live with and you’ll need to have an emergency action plan in place in case of a severe asthma attack.
  • Allergic fungal sinusitis is when fungal molds grow in the sinuses, blocking your breathing and making your quality of life go down dramatically.
  • Cystic fibrosis can also be caused by mold allergies. These issues need to be addressed by a medical professional before they become too severe and too far off along to be effectively treated.

There are other problems that can be caused by mold, which is why you need to pay close attention to allergy symptoms and reactions. Stay vigilant, stay focused, and make sure that you do everything in your power to address these issues before they spiral out of control.