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If you have a mold problem in your ho you are probably suffering several of the symptoms of mold. In fact many people suffer symptoms from mold and don't even realize it Brent Urban Elite Jersey , instead assuming their symptoms are from hay fever or a cold.
This page identifies the symptoms of mold, ways you can be tested for mold symptoms and the treatnts available for exposure to mold.
Types of Symptoms from Mold
There are three main types of symptoms mold can cause:
Allergic & irritant symptoms
Allergic & Irritant Symptoms from Mold Exposure
Most mold symptoms are caused by mold allergies. When you breathe in mold spores your immune systems responds by creating allergic reactions. These reactions are the immune system's defence against foreign particles entering the body.
The more a person is around mold the more sensitive to it they will bee. This ans that they can end up unable to tolerate being around even small amounts of mold. Their allergic reactions will also bee more and more severe.
Symptoms that mold allergies cause include:
Cold or flu like symptoms
Irritated, itchy throat
Difficulty breathing, ortness of breath
Irritated, itchy skin
Skin ra, hives
Red, bloodot eyes
Hair loss, baldness
Hay fever symptoms
Toxic Symptoms from Exposure to Toxic Mold
There are about 16 mold species which are toxic to humans. These molds put out highly toxic chemicals called mycotoxins.
Mycotoxins cause toxic symptoms which are much worse than the allergic symptoms caused by ordinary molds. So of the symptoms caused by toxic molds include bleeding, damage to internal organs Brent Urban Jersey For Sale , ntal impairnt, cancer and even death in so cases.
The symptoms caused by the most notorious toxic mold, Stachybotrys chartarum (often called toxic black mold or just black mold) are at the Toxic Black Mold Symptoms page.
Mold Infections in Humans
Sotis mold spores that are breathed into a person's lungs begin to grow inside them. Mold infections like this can also grow in the sinuses, skin or digestive system.
These mold infections usually don't our in healthy people. Elderly people or those who are sick with promised or suppressed immune systems can suffer these infections though, since their immune systems might not be strong enough to fight off the mold. Sotis these mold infections can even cause death.
Mold species that can opportunistically infect people include Trichoderma, Penicillium marneffei and Aspergillus fumigatus.
Testing for Mold Symptoms in Humans
Physical Examination for Mold Symptoms
There are a few different tests available to determine if you have mold allergies. These tests can be perford for you by a dical professional such as a doctor or allergist.
One way is for a doctor to conduct a simple physical examination to identify if you have mold allergies. By identifying the visible physical symptoms along with you describing all your symptoms, the doctor can identify if you have allergic reactions caused by a mold allergy.
Skin Tests for Mold Symptoms
Another way to detect mold allergies is through a skin test. This test can be done in the doctor or allergist's office where they will insert tiny drops of purified mold allergens into the surface of your skin and observe the reaction.
Skin tests are actually more reliable than blood tests, although neither can detect allergies to every mold species as purified mold allergens from every type of mold are not available for allergy tests.
Blood Tests for Mold Symptoms
The next type of test you can have perford to detect mold allergies is blood tests. These involve a sample of your blood being taken and then examined for the presence of mold antibodies.
The MELISA (Memory Lymphocyte Immunostimulation Assay) test is one such test. The MELISA test can detect allergies to chemicals, toxins Brent Urban Kids Jersey , and mold, including toxic molds such as Aspergillus and Penicillium.
Like the skin test the MELISA test detects allergies by applying allergens to the sample and identifying whether there is a heightened reaction. Also like the skin test the MELISA test does not asure the amount of a mold's toxins or allergens in a person's body, only whether the person has an allergic reaction to that mold.
Other similar blood tests are the ELISA (Enzy-Linked Immunosorbent Assay) and the RAST (radioallergosorbent) test.
Treatnt for Mold Symptoms
While there are dications and ots which you can take to treat mold allergies, the best response is to avoid exposure to mold and mold spores as much as possible.
If you have mold in your ho your first priority ould be to get rid of it. By removing mold and its spores from your environnt you will no longer be breathing in mold allergens, the cause of your allergic reactions, and you will quickly get better.
To remove mold follow this plete step by step guide to killing and removing mold in your ho: Mold Removal and Clean Up.
Even if there is no longer mold in your ho a build up of mold spores can still cause allergic symptoms and can also lead to new mold growth. Vacuum and clean regularly to minimize allergy-causing spores.
View the Preventing Mold page for more rmation about preventing mold and spores in your ho.
Avoiding Food Mold
If you have mold allergies you might also find that your reactions increase after eating certain foods which contain fungus such as murooms and yeast.
Be sure to avoid any foods w