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Are You Sick All The Time? 4 Sets Of Symptoms That May Be Caused By Toxic Black Mold

You probably already know that air pollution, such as smoke and smog, can affect your health. But have you given any thought to indoor air pollution? It is estimated that approximately 50 percent of illnesses treated in a doctor's office may be caused by or complicated by indoor air pollutants, such as mold.

Even if you can't see mold, it may still be present in your home or hiding behind the walls or in your duct work. So if you and your family members are always sick and you don't know why, you might want to think about getting an inspection for toxic black mold. Following are four sets of symptoms caused by it. 

Respiratory Problems

Respiratory symptoms are the most common symptoms associated with black mold. Respiratory symptoms include difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing and sore throat. Some symptoms are similar to those associated with seasonal allergies or a cold, such as a runny, itchy or blocked nose, which may or may not be accompanied by nose bleeds. Serious respiratory symptoms include bronchitis, pneumonia, pulmonary edema and pulmonary hemorrhage. 

Neurological Symptoms

Black mold is a big contributor to neurological and mental symptoms, such as confusion, brain fog, inattentiveness, disorientation, personality changes, impaired learning and inability to concentrate. Some mental illnesses, such as anxiety and depression have also been linked to mold. Severe neurological symptoms, including seizures, numbness and tremors have also been reported. 

Keep in mind that many existing conditions can be exacerbated by mold exposure. For example, if you have depression, but you've noticed that it's been worse since you moved into a new home, mold may be the problem. 

Eye Symptoms

Black mold releases spores into the air. If they get into your eyes, irritation will occur. Eye symptoms associated with mold exposure include itchy and watery eyes, redness, soreness, bloodshot eyes and blurry vision. Symptoms may get worse when you're in the presence of the irritant. Therefore, if your eyes feel better while you're at work but start itching shortly after you get home, you might want to get a mold inspection. 

Immunity Complications

Toxic mold can suppress your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness. When you do get sick, your illnesses can also be prolonged. So if you have reoccurring infections, especially those involving your respiratory system, you may have a mold issue. 

Black mold is a serious matter. If you suspect that you have mold in your home, call for a professional inspection and abatement estimate today, such as from ENVIROTECH Inc. Your family's health depends on it.