Common Mold Exposure Symptoms
Household mold symptoms can be caused by several common types of mold in homes. Most of the following types of mold are far more common than black mold and prolonged exposure will create health problems.
If you are specifically interested in black mold symptoms you can read about them in Black Mold Symptoms In Humans.
Penicillium And Aspergillus Mold Symptoms
These are both very common household molds and can be present in large quantities. Aspergillus causes a medical condition known as Aspergillosis where it can actually grow in lung tissue and spread throughout the body. This is a known occupational disease affecting workers in moldy and dusty conditions and is commonly called Farmers Lung. Common symptoms of Penicillium and Aspergillus mold exposure include:
- Pulmonary emphysema
- Low-grade fevers
Curvularia Mold Symptoms
Curvularia is another common household mold known to cause mold symptoms in humans. This particular type of mold is known to cause corneal infections. It has received some notoriety from the press because it has caused problems for many people who wear contact lenses. It has resulted in people having to use glasses again and being unable to wear contact lenses. Curvularia causes Mycetoma a fungal disease that attacks the feet, similar to athletes foot. Convularia causes the following health issues:
- Corneal infections
- Infections in the immunocompromised
Cladosporium Mold Symptoms
Cladosporium is the most common type of mold. It is found growing on leaves, grass, straw or wood. Because of its widespread presence it can easily find its way into your home where it will grow on drywall, plywood or other surfaces. Mold exposure symptoms caused by Cladosporium include:
- Pulmonary emphysema
- Skin rashes
- Eye irritation
Don’t Ignore Household Mold Symptoms
Prolonged mold exposure can have serious health effects. If you suspect you have mold symptoms or if you have respiratory problems that wont go away or seem to be getting worse we recommend you see a doctor and get medical attention.
Household Mold Symptoms – Final Thoughts
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of mold exposure listed above it would be wise to do a home mold inspection and look for signs of mold. Mold can be obvious like a leak behind a washing machine,water heater or under a sink or it can be hidden behind drywall or wallpaper.
If your house has a musty or earthy smell there is a 90% chance you have a mold problem somewhere in your home. You will need to find it, correct the moisture situation that is causing it and then remove it. Unless and until you do your household mold symptoms are only likely to get worse.