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is mold making you sick

Is Mold in Your Home Making You Sick?

May 20, 2022

Everyone knows that mold is not something you want, whether in your food or your walls. Mold can make you sick, and if it isn’t taken care of right away, its effects can worsen as it grows inside your home

Figuring out if mold is the foundational problem of your illness can be hard to determine, though. 

Mold can exacerbate allergies or asthma. It can also contribute to chronic migraines, brain fog, fatigue, or even depression. These can also lead to asthma attacks or allergic reactions, which can worsen if someone’s immune system is already compromised. 

Some people even mistake certain symptoms of illness for seasonal allergies. Instead of assuming that your symptoms are one thing or another, it’s best to get checked out by a medical professional to know for sure. 

The likelihood that your symptoms or illness are mainly from mold is low, but if that’s the reason, you don’t want it to be ignored. 

Signs that Your Sickness is Actually Being Caused by Mold

Symptoms of mold exposure can be similar to those experienced by seasonal or environmental allergies. These can include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Chest tightness

  • Coughing

  • Diarrhea

  • Eye irritation

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Nausea

  • Shortness of breath

  • Skin rashes

  • Vomiting

  • Wheezing

Diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting are some mold sickness symptoms that don’t usually come with allergies. This is because mold spores in the body produce toxins that irritate the intestinal tract. If you are feeling allergic-type symptoms but are also struggling with gastro-intestinal symptoms, this could be a stronger sign of illness from mold. Contact your doctor immediately and reach out to a mold specialist to come and assess your home. 

How Mold Can Be Consumed

Most people think of mold as growing on food and growing on surfaces that harbor moisture, such as wet bathroom walls or clothes that are often damp. However, mold spores are also found in the air, soil, water, and plants. 

You can get sick from not only eating mold but breathing in air from rooms where it is in the walls, drinking water contaminated with mold, or eating plants that have been growing it. 

How Quickly Does Mold Sickness Begin?

If you’ve been exposed to or consumed mold, symptoms can present immediately or shortly after exposure. If you have an actual mold allergy, your immune system will probably react quite quickly and begin to experience symptoms. 

How Ridaway Can Help

Ridaway is the leading professional in mold assessment and clean-up. Give us a call if you suspect that there is mold in your home—even if it isn’t making you sick now, it could happen in the future. Mold grows quickly, too, and can ruin your belongings or the structure of your home. 

Our dedicated, experienced team will come out and assess your home. We will give you a detailed plan of how we can clean up any mold we find and how to prevent it in the future. 

Bring home safety & comfort

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