Can Black Mold Exposure Cause Headaches?

August 21, 2019

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Black mold can release harmful toxins into the surrounding area. A person inhaling these toxins can experience certain health problems. People with weakened immune systems or lung disease have an increased risk of experiencing these health problems. In this blog, we will discuss what black mold is, how it affects your health, and how you can treat and prevent black mold exposure.

What Is Black Mold?

Black mold is a type of fungus that is black or very dark green. It has a damp, mildew, or musty smell. It often grows on cellulose-rich buildings and humid areas such as shower cubicles, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.

What Are the Symptoms of Black Mold?

The symptoms of mold exposure include:

  1. Itchy eyes or skin
  2. Coughing
  3. A sore or itchy throat
  4. Wheezing
  5. Nosebleeds
  6. Red eyes
  7. A stuffy or runny nose

A person with a respiratory allergy or asthma may experience severe or new symptoms, including:

  1. Frequent chest colds
  2. Inflammation of the sinuses
  3. Persistent coughing
  4. General fatigue and lethargy
  5. Headaches
  6. Allergic reactions
  7. Breathing difficulty

A person who is exposed to harmful mold toxins for an extended period may experience these symptoms:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Memory loss
  3. Nerve issues such as numbness in the feet and hands
  4. Trouble concentrating
  5. Unexplained weight gain
  6. Sensitivity to light
  7. General pain and cramps

Can Black Mold Exposure Cause Headaches?

Black mold exposure can cause headaches if you are allergic to mold, and that results in sinus inflammation or nasal allergies. Chronic congestion of the sinuses and nasal allergies can cause headaches very easily.

How to Diagnose That You Are Exposed to Black Mold

Your doctor will ask about your symptoms, and if they suspect that these symptoms are due to black mold toxins, they may recommend a test to check the black mold levels in your home.

They may also recommend blood, skin prick, or allergy test if they think that you are allergic to mold. Blood tests reveal the presence of certain antibodies produced by the immune system because of mold toxins.

Getting Rid of and Preventing Black Mold

Here’s how you can remove and prevent black mold:

  1. Use commercial cleaning products that can destroy and prevent black mold.
  2. Eliminate the signs and growth of mold by regularly cleaning the areas where they likely to grow, such as showers, damp rooms, and bathrooms.
  3. You should clean ducts, vents, and filters in air conditioning systems and humidifiers to prevent mold growth.
  4. You should keep all the surfaces and walls as dry as possible.
  5. Porous items with a mold infestation such as drywall, mattresses, or carpets may be difficult to clean, so replace them.
  6. Run a dehumidifier in damp areas to reduce the amount of moisture in the air.
  7. Fix any leaks or water damage as soon as possible.

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