As the seasons begin to change here in Boston, you may be noticing that lately you’ve been sneezing, have had a runny nose, or even a cough. But, if you’re experiencing these symptoms it may not just be the seasons changing.
These are also the symptoms of mold exposure.
Contrary to popular belief, mold doesn’t need a warm environment to live. Mold growth slows if the temperature drops below 70 degrees Fahrenheit, but doesn’t stop. Temperatures below freezing will cause mold to go dormant—that’s just until the temperature rises again. Then the mold will begin growing and spreading.
You could have a mold problem and not know it.
You may not realize you have a mold problem until you or your family members begin to exhibit the symptoms of exposure. In that case, it’s helpful to know what the most common symptoms of mold exposure are, and how mold affects your health.
How do I know if I have a mold problem?
Sometimes, mold is easily identifiable, but oftentimes it isn't. That’s because mold typically grows in the dark recesses of your home or office.
Mold grows anywhere where moisture is present for a prolonged period of time.
Common culprits are: window AC units, bathrooms, locker-rooms, or leaky kitchen sinks. For many home or business owners, mold infestations aren’t apparent until family members or employees begin exhibiting the tell-tale symptoms of mold exposure. But what exactly are the symptoms of mold exposure?
What are the most common symptoms of mold exposure?
Prolonged exposure to mold typically presents in a few different ways, depending on the individual. In healthy adults, prolonged exposure can lead to:
Runny or stuffy nose
People who are either very old, or very young can have more severe reactions, including:
Shortness of breath
These symptoms become even more severe in those who have allergies, asthma, or are immunocompromised. If you or someone in your family begin to experience these symptoms of mold exposure, contact a physician immediately.
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