How Do You Know If Mold Is Making You Sick?

Mold allergy is a type of fungal allergy and causes a variety of symptoms. People who are more sensitive to mold suffers from serious symptoms. Molds are generally found in the damp environment inside the house.

How Do You Know If Mold Is Making You Sick?

How Do You Know If Mold Is Making You Sick?

Following are the symptoms of mold allergy:

Itchy Throat. The patient suffering from mold allergy experiences itchy through due to constant coughing and irritation in the throat. Further, the condition may also be triggered by various inflammatory mediators generated against the allergens.

Runny Nose. Runny nose is another symptom of the mold allergy. This is due to the hyperactivation of the immune system that helps in removing the allergens out of the nasal cavity.

Nasal Congestion. There is an increased nasal secretion due to the allergy caused by the molds. This result in nasal congestion and the patient have snoring sound while breathing.

Sneezing. Sneezing is the symptoms caused due to overactive immune system against the inhaled spores. Sneezing allows the body to expel air with great force thereby forcibly removing the mold spores out of the body.

Irritated Eyes. The mold spores, when coming in contact with the eyes, causes irritated itchy and, watery eyes. The watery eyes are the effect produced by the body to flush out the mold spores and their toxins. The hyperactive immune system causes itching in the eyes.

Coughing. When the mold spores are inhaled in sufficient quantity to irritate the windpipe, the walls produce excess mucus. This mucus results in coughing.

Worsening Asthma Symptoms. Mold allergy also worsens the asthmatic symptoms, if occurs in asthma patients. This is due to the fact that patients with asthma are already in inflammatory conditions and further inflammation increases the symptoms.

Sinus Infection. The sinus infection may also be caused due to mold spores. The condition is termed as fungal sinusitis. The condition has a significant risk of recurrence after treatment when the patient does remain in the same environment.

Bronchitis. When the mold spores reach the bronchioles and infect them, it leads to fungal bronchitis.

Dry, Scaly Skin. Living in an environment having mold leads to skin allergic conditions. The condition is even more severe in people who are allergic to mold. The symptoms related to the skin include dry skin and skin rashes. Mold allergy also causes scales on the skin.

Post-Nasal Drip. When the nasal secretions are increased due to mold allergy, it may lead to post-nasal drip. It may lead to increased breathing problems and frequent coughing.

Night Sweats. People suffering from mold allergies has increased incidences of sweat formation especially at night. Mold allergy is also a cause of fatigue.

Increased Thirst. This is an unusual symptom of mold allergy. The patient suffering from mold allergy has increased thirst.

Frequent Urination. The patient suffering from mold allergy has increased urination due to the intake of a large quantity of water.

Tingling Sensation. Various patients of mold allergy have reported a tingling sensation and numbness.

Chest Tightness And Difficulty Breathing. The mold allergy also causes various breathing disorders and also aggravates the symptoms of existed pulmonary conditions. These conditions include asthma, allergic rhinitis, bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis.


Multicellular filamentous fungi are known as molds. They are the opportunistic pathogens which invade and cause the disease when the immune system of the patient is compromised. Mold growing in a variety of environments including indoor as well as outdoor. These are found most commonly in damp places and frequently seen in the summer season. Some molds grow exclusively inside the house in kitchens and bathrooms. All molds do not cause allergic reactions.


Various symptoms are caused due to mold allergy. These symptoms include itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, post-nasal drip, coughing, sneezing and difficulty breathing. It also aggravates the symptoms of asthma.

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:January 12, 2024

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