Black mold symptoms vary in people depending on the type and amount of exposure. These are not the only factors when considering the health affects to mold exposure.Dose and human response can be highly individualistic. The sensitivity of the person exposed is also an important consideration. Infants and young children, the immune-compromised, and the elderly are at an increased risk of experiencing adverse health effects related to mold exposure.
Exposure to molds can come from dermal contact, ingestion, and inhalation. Allergic reactions are common, from mild to severe. Fungi produce mycotoxins as waste when they obtain nutrition from the surface they infest. Mycotoxins are the cause of the typical “moldy/musty” smell.
Common Black Mold Symptoms
Mycotoxins produced by black mold create toxic air that affects the body’s myelin (an insulating layer that forms around nerves). It depletes this important substance that covers the nerves. The nerves are then exposed without protection and fail to function correctly. This affects essential components of the body, including: the immune system, the nervous system, the respiratory system, the skin, and the gastrointestinal system. When toxic mold causes neurological problems, it can be devastating. When children are involved, their brains and other organs are not fully developed.
Notable black mold symptoms include:
Allergic Responses: Mold and its spores are allergenic agents, which cause varied signs, like sneezing, itching, skin rashes and watery eyes.
Constant Headache: Headache is one of the common of black mold symptoms.
Sinus Symptoms: Signs like runny nose, cough, headache and post nasal drainage may be resulted due to inhalation of mold spores.
Lung Disease: Mold spores when inhaled can lead to respiratory tract problems, like difficulty in breathing, cough and chest tightness. Patients with asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory system problems are at a higher risk to mold triggered lung disease than others.
Other Black Mold Symptoms
In addition to the above mentioned symptoms, an individual may manifest several other medical signs after being exposed to toxic mold. Long term mold exposure symptoms are related to brain damage, chronic respiratory tract problem, lung disorder and nervous system problems. Listed below are other probable toxic black mold exposure symptoms in humans:
The following as symptoms are associated with exposure to black mold spores:
- bodily aches
- depression, mood changes
- compromised immune response
- sinus congestion
- sore throat
- burning eyes
- dry cough
- chronic fatigue
- skin irritations
- headaches or dizziness
- poor concentration
- poor memory
- difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
Currently, most health organizations, including the World Health Organization, consider exposure to black mold as a health hazard. In general, toxic mold health risks are extremely dangerous for children, pregnant women and those who have an underlying medical problem. Black mold symptoms in children are mostly related to respiratory tract problems. If a child has trouble in breathing without apparent reason toxic mold may be a factor. In pregnant women, excess exposure to toxic mold can lead to miscarriage and childbirth defects.
Treatment methods are based on the manifested signs and level of exposure.