5 Common Symptoms of Toxic Mold Issues

by Editor on July 25, 2013

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Some things are a natural part of our environment that aren’t necessarily “bad” unless they are in the wrong settings. Take mold, for example. Although it is a fungi that that, outdoors, plays an intricate part in the breakdown of leaves and debris, when there is a growth of it on the inside of our homes, it can lead to water leaks in the attic, water stains on the walls, peeling paint, rust and other household challenges. Yet that’s not even the worst part of it.
If a mold issue is not immediately addressed, it can also lead to some pretty serious health problems too.

That’s why we wanted to provide you with a list of some of the common symptoms that are directly related to toxic mold issues. That way, even if you don’t immediately see the indications of it being in your house, you can have your home inspected if you start to notice some of these physical signs.

Nasal congestion. One of the most common symptoms that come with having mold issues is nasal congestion. If you are doing a lot of sneezing, if you have a runny (or bloody) nose or even if your eyes are itchy or watery and you’re not sure why, mold could be the underlying cause.

Headaches. Something else that a lot of people with mold in their homes complain about is having mild to really severe headaches. Although headaches tend to be somewhat common (being that everyone gets them from time to time), the main thing to keep in mind is that they’re a sign that something is going on inside of your body that is not quite right. So, if your headaches are becoming a constant thing, you really should get checked out by your physician.

Nausea. When people have been in a mold-infested environment for a long period of time, usually their symptoms will elevate. For a lot of people it means that they will experience nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and sometimes even a loss of appetite, which can ultimately lead to a significant amount of weight loss. Sometimes people confuse this with having a virus but if you’ve been feeling this way for more than a couple of days, don’t self-diagnose the matter. Definitely make an appointment to see your doctor.

Skin rashes. Remember how we said that one of the household signs of mold infestation is leaks within your house? If you’ve recently added some R-22 refrigerant to your air conditioner and you see some dripping, that’s probably nothing to be concerned about. But, if you happen to notice cracks around your wall cavities and leaks in your basement and after you clean them up you start to develop skin rashes or even open sores on your skin, this is another reason to think that there might be mold in your home.

Breathing disorders. And finally, there is one more common symptom that you should take special note of when it comes to there being toxic mold issues within the home. It’s if you start to have breathing disorders such as sudden asthma attacks, bouts of bronchitis or chronic sinus infections. All of these are things that can lead to significant health issues if left untreated. So, if you are experiencing them, call your doctor as well as a professional to come and inspect your home. The sooner, the better.

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