Health Effects of Mold

Specific reactions to mold growth can include the following:

Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic

reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic reactions to mold

are common - these reactions can be immediate or delayed.

Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such

as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis).

Mold spores and fragments can produce allergic reactions in

sensitive individuals regardless of whether the mold is dead

or alive. Repeated or single exposure to mold or mold spores

may cause previously non-sensitive individuals to become

sensitive. Repeated exposure has the potential to increase sensitivity.

Asthma

Molds can trigger asthma attacks in persons who are allergic

(sensitized) to molds. The irritants produced by molds may also

worsen asthma in non-allergic (non-sensitized) people.

Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis

Hypersensitivity pneumonitis may develop following either

short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic) exposure to molds.

The disease resembles bacterial pneumonia and is uncommon.

Irritant Effects

Mold exposure can cause irritation of the eyes, skin, nose,

throat, and lungs, and sometimes can create a burning sensation

in these areas