Mold illness can be very scary. According to Surviving Mold, a mold is composed of biotoxins the body cannot process. When these biotoxins enter the body, they can wreak havoc on the body, causing a range of symptoms. While symptoms may manifest differently in different people, it is wise to look out for the top 10 symptoms of mold illness, as outlined by Mayo Clinic.
2. Runny or stuffy nose
4. Itchy eyes, nose, and throat
5. Watery eyes
6. Dry, scaly skin
8. Shortness of breath
9. Chest tightness
10. Postnasal drip
Mold illness is often misdiagnosed because many of the above symptoms are similar to those of other allergies. While the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America explains some molds can, in fact, cause allergic reactions, Mayo Clinic urges people not to assume their sneezing and wheezing is mundane. It is important to talk with your doctor, especially if symptoms persist. This is because complications from mold illness can lead to asthma, sinusitis, and inflammation of the lungs, among other issues.
Reduce your risk of mold exposure by using a dehumidifier and opening windows in bathrooms to reduce humidity and increase airflow, promptly removing clothing from laundry machines, checking windows for condensation, and immediately repairing any and all leaks.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says these precautions can reduce exposure to mold spores and reduce the risk of mold illness.