When people think of toxic mold, they usually think of black mold or Stachybotrys Chartarum. However, there are many different types of toxic molds which can create a wide range of physical and mental symptoms in humans and pets. We are all unique, and our bodies each react differently to mold exposure. While nearly everyone has an allergy to mold (headaches, sneezing, clogged sinuses), in this guide we’ll discuss the full range of mold exposure symptoms from common to rare and mild to severe.

Many of the most dangerous molds are not visible, so often people first discover mold as a potential culprit by researching their symptoms. You may only have one or two symptoms, although most people with significant mold exposure will present many more.

Please remember, mold symptoms will continue to worsen the longer they are ignored. If you think you may have a mold problem, please get tested, and persist until your symptoms begin to subside. The good news is that studies have shown most mold symptoms will subside once the mold is properly removed and remediated.

SYMPTOMS OF TOXIC MOLD EXPOSURE

Some common mold allergy symptoms are:

  • Respiratory distress such as throat irritation, bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma, and general lung irritation as shown by chronic coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or sneezing
  • Headaches
  • Irritated or red eyes, light sensitivity
  • Skin rashes or hives
  • Foggy memory or thought processes, confusion
  • General fatigue and low energy
  • Flu like symptoms such as fever, chills, abdominal pain or diarrhea
  • Muscle pains, cramps, numbness and tingling
  • Metallic taste in mouth
  • Night sweats, temperature regulation issues, mylar (face) flushing

Some other reported, but less common symptoms are:

  • Panic attacks, anxiety, depression
  • Hair loss
  • Hearing loss or ringing in ears
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) like symptoms, fybromylagia, joint pains
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Kidney issues, such as excessive thirst and urination
  • Cancer (some of the mycotoxins emitted by molds are proven carcinogens)
  • Hormonal imbalances, such as excessive bleeding, infertility, miscarriage
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Chemical sensitivity
  • Bruising, nosebleeds, pulmonary hemorrhaging
  • New Food allergies
  • Chest pains, heart attack, irregular heartbeat

BLACK MOLD SYMPTOMS

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There are so many symptoms that can be attributed just to toxic black mold. Learn more about what toxic black mold illness to look and feel like.

MOLD RElATED ALLERGIES

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There are quite a few allergic reactions someone can have when exposed to toxic mold. Learn more about toxic mold allergic reactions and symptoms.

EYE DISORDERS

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Since mold spores are airborne and can enter your body via the eyes. This can cause severe reactions and lead to other related problems.

SKIN DISORDERS

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If you inadvertently touch, or your skin comes in contact with, toxic black mold and its spores, you can develop severe skin disorders.

RESPIRATORY DISORDERS

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Since mold spores make first contact with the lungs breathing disorders are often the first sign of a mold problem.

REPRODUCTIVE DISORDERS

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Your baby’s health is directly related to your own and exposure to mold spores can have alarming and sometime fatal effects on fetal development.

NEUROLOGICAL SYMPTOMS

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Mold exposure can cause a plethora of neurological conditions that can be difficult to diagnose and can require specialized testing to get to the cause.

WEAK IMMUNE SYSTEM

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Toxic black mold creates chemicals which can suppress our immune system response, luckily, there are tests that can be done to find the cause.

CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS

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There are many pathways mold spores use to enter the body which can create havoc in your circulatory system if left undiagnosed.

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