We all know that finding mold in your house is bad - but discovering a mold-related illness in your body is even more frightening! The Mayo Clinic explains that most variants of mold have a dramatic effect on your respiratory function, doubly so if you suffer from asthma.
In fact, the Center for Disease Control found a link between childhood mold exposure and the development of severe asthma symptoms later on in life. So that means, not only does mold make your asthma worse, but it can also cause breathing problems in the first place! Besides breathing problems, exposure to mold can cause internal bleeding, nerve pain, night sweats and handfuls of other incredibly serious issues. So it's of paramount importance to learn about the strains and symptoms of mold exposure - especially during the humid summer months!
Know The Difference
Not all mold is made equally, there are variants that can be fixed in a flash and others that can cause a series of devastating health problems. It's vital to know the difference between each strain!
- Alternaria: The good news is that this mold already grows in your body! It's usually found in your nose, mouth, throat and lungs. Even though it's not necessarily poisonous, it can cause a severe allergic reaction.
- Aspergillus: You'll see this type of mold in very warm, very damp climates. It's often found in house dust particles and can cause serious lung infections.
- Cladosporium: This is the type of mold you see while out and about in nature! But it can invade your home through textiles, wood floorboards, exposed beams and other types of damp, porous items. Cladosporium can cause hay fever and can worsen asthma symptoms.
- Penicillium: You'll probably find this pesky type of mold under your wallpaper, hidden in weathered fabric, carpet and in your fiberglass insulation. This mold can cause your allergies, and your asthma, to act up.
- Stachybotrys: This is the one to keep your eye out for! This toxic "black mold" produces mycotoxins that not only make it nearly impossible to breath, but can also cause your lungs to bleed internally. Luckily, this type of mold is rarely found indoors - but it can be found on the porous surfaces like wood, textiles and wallpaper, like we talked about before.
What To Look For
Exposure to molds like these can lead to a host of grave health issues, so it's important to recognize the signs of mold exposure before it's too late. If you suspect that you've been exposed to mold and check to see if you are feeling any of the following symptoms:
- Brain fog or memory problems
- Trouble focusing
- Unexplained muscle weakness, cramping and aches
- Joint pain
- Persistent nerve pain
- Numbness and tingling in extremities
- Bright red eyes or sensitivity to light
- Worsened asthma
- Sinus problems - ie. cough or shortness of breath
- Hand tremors
- Sudden loss or gain of appetite
- Severe abdominal pain
- Metallic taste in your mouth
- Night sweats
- Excessive thirst
- Increased Urination
If you suffer from one or several of these symptoms, contact your doctor right away! It's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your health.
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Pass It Along
Mold can grow in almost any climate, if given the right environment to thrive - so be sure to pass this information along to your friends and loved ones so they can protect themselves from mold-related illnesses.