Health Effects of Mold

Health Effects of Mold

Mold is a Problem because Mold affects human health in numerous ways.

Mold related allergies:
Symptoms can include runny nose, itchy eyes, wheezing, and skin rashes.
Itching or irritation of the nose, eyes, throat or skin
Allergic fungal sinusitis/ Sinus infections or congestion.
Respiratory problems/ infections
Asthma
Mold can irritate mucous membranes of the eyes and respiratory system.
Volatile compounds (VOCS) produced by mold are
thought to cause headache, attention deficit, and dizziness.
Toxic molds are reported to cause nausea and diarrhea, depression, headaches, tremors, kidney problems, and infertility.
Chronic aches and pains
Digestive problems

Inhalation exposure to mold indoors can cause health effects in some people. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and, in some cases, potentially toxic substances or chemicals (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Mold does not have to be alive to cause an allergic reaction. Dead or alive, mold can cause allergic reactions in some people.

Allergic Reactions, Asthma Attacks, Irritant Effects
Allergic reactions to mold are common and can be immediate or delayed. Repeated or single exposure to mold, mold spores, or mold fragments may cause non-sensitive individuals to become sensitive to mold, and repeated exposure has the potential to increase sensitivity. Allergic responses include hay fever-like symptoms such as headache, sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Molds can cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, molds can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of individuals whether or not they are allergic to mold.