Those who are sensitive to mould may display allergic reactions such as sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, coughing, itchy eyes, wheezing and skin irritation. Moreover, mould can trigger asthmatic symptoms that include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. Mould exposure can also cause irritant reactions, which are similar to allergic reactions, and include symptoms such as coughing, runny nose, eye irritation and more.
Mould allergies are the most common effects of mould on sensitive people. Both the mould itself and mould spores may lead to allergic reactions. The symptoms include:
- Itchy eyes, nose and throat
- Watery eyes
- Redness of the eyes
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Cough and postnasal drip
- Rashes or skin irritation
Furthermore, mould or mould spores can cause asthma attacks to those who suffer from asthma. The signs and symptoms of a mould-induced asthma attack include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
People exposed to mould can also show symptoms of an irritant reaction:
- Skin irritation
- Eye irritation
- Runny nose
Mould can affect anyone, even if that person is not allergic to mould. Various health problems can result from mould exposure, such as skin infections, flu-like diseases and pneumonia. In the worst cases, mould exposure can severely affect people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease.
It is very difficult to predict how severe the health risks associated with mould in a home can be. The degree of severity of the potential health problems differs from person to person. The length of the exposure to mould and the type of mould are also important factors in determining the health risks.
Information regarding mould prevention can be found here and mould cleaning tips can be found here. For professional mould cleaning services, the PuroClean professionals can be contacted via our website or by looking up the nearest local office.