Is it possible that you are living with regular or black mold and experiencing asthma-like symptoms because of it?
Black mold is a serious risk for anyone exposed, but it is especially harmful to those with asthma and histories of comprised respiratory conditions. Both toxic and regular molds can trigger symptoms within individuals that produce asthma-like signs such as wheezing, coughing, tightness of chest or short, shallow breathing.
Is a reaction to mold dangerous?
For any individual, asthma-like symptoms are alarming and unsafe. For individuals who have asthma, the repercussions are more severe.
Mold and asthma dangers
Mold is a type of fungi that lives and spreads by the reproduction of spores which thrive in damp, moist conditions and travel through the air. Air-bound mold spores are what people breathe in and to which they react. It is the act of breathing in regular or toxic mold spores that leads to dangerous symptoms.
For people with existing allergies or asthma, the reaction to mold is typically worse. Consider an allergy- or asthma-prone individual spending time outside during allergy season or in high elevation – their reactions to the environment are likely worse than those of their friends.
The same thing happens indoors. As individuals with comprised immune systems or existing asthma breathe mold-ridden air at home, their symptoms are much worse and more prominent.
Can black mold cause asthma?
Black mold and regular molds both have spores that enter the nose and can reach the lungs, to which the body reacts with asthma-like symptoms or asthma itself.
When spores enter the nose, an allergy chemical is released that triggers asthma symptoms. This can happen on the spot or after weeks and even months of prolonged exposure.
What symptoms should I look for with mold and asthma?
If are are experiencing allergy or asthma-like symptoms, the cause might be mold in your home.
Look especially out for the following symptoms:
- hay fever symptoms
- nasal congestion
- worsening existing asthma
- eye irritation
- skin rashes
- runny nose
- discomfort in throat or lungs
How do I know if it is asthma or mold?
The symptoms of a reaction to mold can mirror symptoms of asthma, so it is best to have your health evaluated by a professional.
Additionally, mold exposure can lead to a severe illness, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, which has symptoms extremely similar to those of asthma, including wheezing, shortness of breath and coughing.
If you have asthma and experience these symptoms, do not be quick to assume its asthma. If you are sick with allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, you need medical attention right away. Further, if the problem is a reaction to mold, the presence of mold at home needs to be addressed immediately.
Your physician can determine whether mold or another allergy is causing your symptoms through an in-depth analysis of your medical history and a specific mold-allergy test.
Have your home inspected today
If you are experiencing symptoms of asthma or believe you are exposed to black mold and have asthma, it is so important that you call an expert team such as Mr. Mold to come to inspect your home.
Your health is not worth wondering about and neglecting the presence of mold.
If our team finds signs of mold in the home, we can work with you to find a way to remediate it affordable so that your life is not jeopardized by the present spores. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation or to ask any questions pertaining to symptoms you might be experiencing.