The Effects of Mold on Your Health
What is mold?
Mold is a sporous fungus that grows indoors and outdoors in warm, damp, and humid conditions. It is often found in basements, attics, or homes in humid climates or that have been exposed to moisture. There are thousands of different kinds of mold. Mold is common and in small amounts, it’s usually harmless. The trouble is when mold starts to grow—this will lead to spores being released into the air. When mold spores are inhaled in larger quantities, it can cause health problems for those with a mold allergy.
What is a mold allergy?
If you are sensitive to mold spores, you may have a mold allergy—meaning that your immune system will overreact to mold exposure. When your immune system is overly sensitive, it recognizes something foreign (such as mold spores) as an invader and develops antibodies to fight it—i.e. an allergic reaction.
How does it affect me?
Symptoms of a mold allergy include sneezing, watery and itchy eyes, dry skin, runny nose, post nasal drip, scratchy throat, or for more serious mold allergies, it may even lead to shortness of breath or asthma attacks. You may also be more sensitive to mold if you have a weakened immune system, are recovering from a recent transplant or cancer treatment, or are on a medication that suppresses your immune system.
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