When I was in my twenties, I had quite a bad problem with mold and fungus due to an old house that I was living in at the time. I didn’t know it, but the roof was leaking. When it rained, I would get one to two inches of water in the bedroom, and I would have to bail. The walls had a black slimy mold traveling towards the ceiling. I didn’t realize how bad that was for my health.
I developed a cough, itchy skin, sneezing, rhinitis, hay fever, and allergies. Eventually, I developed a bad case of bronchitis and ended up on antibiotics, which spiraled me into a Candida infection. When it comes to signs and symptoms of a mold allergy, there are several indicators.
Mold in the house is often hidden from view. It can high up on the roof or down low where the floor meets the wall. Usually, if you get a ladder and poke around, you can see little blue, black, or green dots of mold. It’s estimated that one in four houses in North America have leaky building syndrome, which can include mold.
Common symptoms of mold toxicity or allergy include fatigue, muscle weakness, headaches, and photophobia (aka light sensitivity). Other symptoms include poor concentration, poor memory, word-finding difficulty, and feeling like you’re going out of your mind. Stiffness, joint pain, shortness of breath, sinus congestion, a scratchy throat or palate, appetite changes, and temperature dysregulation can all be caused by a mold allergy.
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Sore, red, itchy eyes and digestive symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, and bloating can stem from mold exposure.
An unusual symptom seen in some people with mold problems is feeling as if they have electric shocks in their bodies. It’s a little like static shocks.
As you can see, there is a whole raft of signs and symptoms of mold illness. If you have any of these indicators, you may want to get your house checked out to see if mold is at play.