Mold is a fungus characterized by spores that multiply in colonies. You might have seen mold around your house – greenish, blackish, grayish dots huddled together and multiplying near HVAC units, damp corners, on ceilings or in the bathroom.
If mold is not identified early on, it continues to grow. Central air systems and natural air flow sweep spores of surfaces, allowing the filaments to travel throughout a house or building and into the air a resident is breathing.
While functioning immune systems can deal with a bit of mold, some immune systems are sensitive to the spores and react accordingly, by sneezing or coughing to get rid of the spores, for example.
More dangerous are the frequencies of spores not causing an immediate bodily reaction and instead, nestling and growing inside of the people living at home. Prolonged exposure to mold can go unnoticed for months and even years. The symptoms of prolonged exposure vary and can be life-threatening.
One common side effect of the mold is impairing the lungs, which then leads to a slew of additional problems.
Let’s take a look at mold in the lungs and consequent respiratory problems.
Can you get mold in your lungs?
Anyone is subject to respiratory reactions to mold, even those without current respiratory conditions and without present allergies to mold.
Can mold grow in your lungs?
Mold can grow and multiply inside the lung cavities, but this colonization is more common in patients with abnormal lung spaces caused by damaged lungs or chronic lung disorders.
What does mold do to your lungs?
As mold enters the lungs, it can cause irritation, coughing and wheezing. In some cases, mold can grow inside the lungs, and its fibers can lump together with white blood cells, causing a dangerous fungus ball to form.
Is a mold infection in lungs dangerous?
Depending on your health and the type of mold present at home, fungi in the lungs can present significant symptoms and lead to infections of the larger airways and air sacs.
If a fungus infection spreads from the lungs into these areas, you might experience bronchitis or pneumonia. The infection can also spread into the bloodstream, which is more difficult to contain and poses serious risk to patients.
Mold in lungs signs and symptoms
- Watery eyes
- Itchy nose, eyes and throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Dry, scaly skin
- Post-nasal drip
- Coughing up blood
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Balls of fibers or white blood cells in sinuses
Mold is not a huge problem until it is ignored. If you have experienced respiratory problems or discomforts and have signs and symptoms of mold in your home, it’s important to have an experienced and professional mold team inspect your house.
Humidity and dampness are like the parents of mold incubators. Where they are present, mold is bound to be birthed and grown under their accommodating conditions. Mold removal teams will work with you to identify the areas of your house that are most prone to water exposure and humidity (typically the basement, rooms with HVAC units or (de)humidifiers, attics, crawl spaces, and bathrooms) and how to keep these areas dry.
Get in touch with Mr. Mold for a home inspection, next steps on clearing the mold from your house and how to keep a clean, mold-free environment in all areas of your home.