There is a wide range of common black mold exposure symptoms, some of which you probably would not think were caused by exposure to black mold if you didn’t know about the wide range of black mold health effects people can experience. It’s important to remember that many other conditions can cause symptoms similar to mold exposure symptoms and you’ll need to see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis. You should also see a doctor if your symptoms are severe or if they last more than a few days.
Removing all the mold from your home will resolve many symptoms but others may linger on even if all the mold has been removed. Talk to your doctor about whether or not you will need ongoing treatment for your symptoms.
Remember, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, if you have mold growing in your home you need to remove it. Left alone, mold will continue to grow and spread. Even if you are not currently having any symptoms, you will likely develop symptoms at some point if mold is allowed to continue to grow unchecked.
The most common black mold health effects are related to the respiratory system. That’s because mold spores can easily be inhaled into the windpipe, or trachea, and the lungs. Common respiratory symptoms of mold exposure include things like:
If you are having trouble breathing or if it hurts when you breathe, you should contact your physician right away or go to any emergency room. Breathing problems can be very serious and should be diagnosed and treated by a doctor.
Some black mold health effects relate to the nervous system, such as:
Many people don’t realize these kinds of symptoms might be related to black mold exposure. They may experience headaches, dizziness and trouble concentrating, for example, for days or weeks or even longer, wondering all the while what is wrong with them. Even if they visit a doctor, he or she may not recognize these symptoms as black mold health effects since many of these complaints are rather subjective and could be caused by many other things besides mold.
Other black mold health effects include things like:
See a doctor if you have a very high fever or if you have a rash or hives around your neck or face. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if you are breaking out in a rash or hives and have any difficulty breathing, because that could mean your airway is starting to swell shut. It’s an unusual reaction to black mold, but it’s life-threatening. You need immediate medical attention if it happens to you.
If you have other symptoms not listed here and don’t know what’s causing them, and you have a black mold problem in your home, those symptoms may be related to your mold but they could be caused by something else. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and possible causes. Let your doctor know if you are aware of a mold problem in your home, because otherwise your doctor may not suspect mold as a possible cause of your symptoms.
We encourage you to have your home tested for mold. A professional can test to determine what type of mold you have in your home, so you can let your doctor know if you’ve been exposed to black mold or other harmful strains. A professional can also do tests to determine where mold is growing in your home and can find mold in places where you can’t see it, like inside heating and air conditioning ducts. Click here to find a professional to test for mold in your home.
If your home does test positive for any kind of mold, we encourage you to have a free consultation with a mold removal professional. A professional will inspect your home and recommend a treatment plan at no charge to you. Then you can decide if you want to hire the professional for the clean up job or if you prefer to take on the task yourself. Even if you end up doing the job yourself, you’ll get important information about how to do the job safely. Click here to find a mold removal professional offering free consultations in your area.