Dangers and Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Dangers and Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Oct 13, 2023Mary Raleigh

Mold exposure can come from various places and lead to many symptoms not readily associated with mold. Let’s start with a refresher on mold exposure and how it affects one’s health, then review the symptoms of mold exposure.

Humans can be exposed to mold through various means. The most common way is inhalation, as mold spores can become airborne and quickly enter the respiratory system. Additionally, mold can also be ingested through contaminated food or water. Another possible route of exposure is through direct contact with mold-contaminated surfaces or objects. As you can see, exposure comes in many forms, so it is essential to be aware of these potential sources of exposure and take necessary precautions to minimize the risk of mold-related health issues (read more on molds and mycotoxins).

What are the Symptoms of Mold Exposure?

Respiratory: Since most mold spores are inhaled, respiratory issues are the most common symptom, including:

  1. Coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath
  2. Nasal congestion, sneezing, and a runny or itchy nose.
  3. Asthma attacks and worsening respiratory conditions

Skin: The body’s largest organ, the skin is also affected by mold exposure, including:

  1. Allergic skin reactions include rashes, itching, and hives when mold spores contact the skin.
  2. Fungal and mold skin infections on the skin, caused by dermatophytes, can invade the skin and cause infections like athlete’s foot or ringworm.
  3. Redness, swelling, and blisters can occur in affected areas.

Immune system: When mold spores release dangerously toxic substances called mycotoxins, which compromise the immune system (read more on illness from mold and mycotoxins). Exposure to mycotoxins can happen through the skin, lungs, and digestive system and cause the following mold toxicity symptoms in humans:

  1. Respiratory problems
  2. Skin irritation
  3. Gastrointestinal problems
  4. Inflammation
  5. Infections
  6. Compromised immunity
  7. Liver and kidney damage
  8. Neurological issues
  9. Anxiety
  10. Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

Diagnosing and Treating Mold Exposure

The integrative doctors at Restoration Healthcare address all underlying health issues contributing to mold toxicity. Mold exposure is difficult to diagnose because it mimics other conditions. However, our doctors use precise diagnostic and laboratory testing methods to measure mold exposure and how mycotoxins may compromise the body.

If you live in Orange County or Los Angeles and believe you have a chronic health issue related to mold exposure, contact us or call (949) 535-2322 our clinic for more information. Learn more about becoming a new patient.

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