Can Mold Make You Cough?

Mold cause cough

Have you ever wondered can mold make you cough? Well, the answer is yes, and repeated exposure to mold causing cough symptoms can worsen or prolong the allergic reaction.

Generally, coughing is a symptom of several different conditions but mold exposure is one of the most common. Other symptoms triggered by mold exposure include sneezing, sore throat, runny nose, wheezing, headaches, watery eyes, and shortness of breath.

The risks of mold causing cough are highest amongst elderly, children, and individuals with preexisting respiratory issues. Even pets are not immune to mold allergies and can get sick as well from mold exposure.

How does mold cause cough?

The main cause of coughing from mold exposure is due to spores. No matter how large or small the mold is, it can release numerous spores in the air, which are easily inhaled by both humans and animals. Once they are inhaled, mold spores trigger irritation of the throat, generating a coughing reaction.

Additionally, other diseases associated with mold can cause a coughing reaction as well. Pneumonia and bronchitis are just a few of the many diseases associated with mold that can cause the same reactions.

Other risk factors

There is a number of factors that can contribute to mold causing cough. Some of them can be connected to genetics or simply humidity. Here are some of the other risk factors that can increase your chances of contracting mold causing cough:

  • Working conditions – if you regularly work in an environment that is damp and humid, you are more likely to have a cough associated with mold exposure. Some of these occupations include farming, baking, dairy work, carpentry, logging, winemaking, furniture repair, and greenhouse work.
  • Runs in the family – as previously noted, if allergies or asthma run in the family, it is highly likely you will have allergies to mold exposure.
  • Poor ventilation and high humidity –  a house with poor ventilation can increase your chances of mold causing cough. Damp areas such as basements, kitchens, and bathrooms are ideal environments for mold to grow and spread.

When the inside of your home’s humidity is regularly above 50 percent, you will definitely have a greater amount of mold. Carpet pads and grout are also favorite places for mold to hide in homes with high humidity.

What can you do about mold causing cough?

Since there are so many other causes of coughing, it is best to be sure that mold is the culprit, by seeking a professional diagnosis from your doctor. A medical professional will not only be able to accurately assess whether mold is the cause of the coughing reaction, but they will be able to immediately prescribe treatment to ensure it goes away for good.

In the meantime, you should be vigilant in making sure you limit repeat exposure to mold. This includes inspecting your home for mold or hiring a professional to do so.

Hire the professionals

If you’ve already been impacted by mold, it is even more important to take steps now, to prevent any additional exposure. Leaky roofs, damp basements, dripping faucets, and leaky pipes are all sources of mold that should be followed up on.

Adequate measures that can be taken immediately include eliminating all existing mold from the household. This may require you to hire a professional to remove all mold since the process will increase your mold exposure and cause additional sickness.

Luckily, initial mold home inspections are usually free of charge, avoiding upfront costs. To reiterate, once you’ve received a diagnosis for mold exposure, you should not be part of the removal process, to avoid worsening your condition.  

Mold exposure poses significant health risks to everyone. For individuals with already impaired immune systems, it can wreak havoc on the body and make it difficult to recover quickly. Simple steps like running the air conditioner, using a dehumidifier, and changing the filters on your furnace are small but effective ways to combat mold exposure.

We value you as informed customers and look forward to hearing your comments about your own experiences with dealing with mold exposure. Reach out to us, to learn more!