There is a great deal of misleading information being provided to individuals with credible mold complaints. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and The Mayo Clinic, the main illness caused by some mold species, not all, are hay fever life symptoms, allergies, and respiratory distress. In extreme situations, itching or red eyes, coughing, and other ailments can occur. Individuals with compromised immune systems, such as those in certain respiratory diseases, the elderly, and infants are more at risk of becoming ill from exposure to certain molds.
Human Infections Caused By Mold: Aspergillosis
Scientists have discovered that a particular strain of mold causes Aspergillosis, which is a form of fungal infection impacting the respiratory system and other areas of the body. This infection is caused by a species of the Aspergillus mold. Aspergillosis can affect the respiratory systems of individuals with compromised or weakened immune systems, or individuals that have underlying lung disease or asthma (Mayo Clinic, 2017). Aspergillus spores are present everywhere, and we inhale them daily. For individuals with a healthy immune system, this is not an issue. However, some individuals with respiratory diseases and weakened immune systems can get an infection if certain species of the Aspergillus mold are inhaled (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015).
So, if you are constantly experiencing allergic reactions when inside your home or any building, there is a possibility that the indoor location could be infested with mold. It’s important to also note that, since there are other indoor contaminants that promote allergic symptoms mold investigations may be needed. But only after you have exhausted all other options and consulted with a doctor.
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