Black mold and sneezing are closely connected, but it’s a connection not many people are familiar with. It’s imperative to understand the link between black mold and sneezing so that you don’t blame your next sneezing fit ona common coldif, in fact, it’s not. It could be triggered by something more serious; it could be triggered byblack mold in your home or office. All mold is allergenic and sneezing is an allergenic reaction to mold.
How do I become exposed to black mold?
You might seeblack mold growing under the bathroom sink or on an old loaf of bread, but, in many cases, mold is not visible. Miniscule black mold spores quickly travel through your home without a single occupant knowing so. There are three ways you may become exposed to mold: through inhalation, through touching, or through ingesting.
Because you can’t see mold, you’re less likely to think about it on a day-to-day basis and recognize that you’re exposed to it. It’s safe to assume then that once you start sneezing, you won’t necessarily consider mold as the reason.
Who is susceptible to black mold exposure?
Some people are more sensitive and will experience a more distinct or severe reaction when exposed to black mold spores regularly or for an extended period of time.
Genetics may play a part in how sensitive you are to black mold, helping determine whether your reaction will be mild or more severe. Children, the elderly and people with an already-weak immune system tend to be more susceptible to the adverse health effects of mold. Men, women, and children who have asthma and are exposed to mold may experience worsened asthma symptoms.
Parents, guardians, and teachers should be attentive; if a child is sneezing, they should always consider the air quality in the home or school where the child spends a substantial amount of his or her time.Hospitals, retirement homes, and, in fact, every household and workplace should undergo regular air quality testing.
Why it’s easy to overlook symptoms brought on by black mold exposure
Because sneezing and other symptoms associated with black mold exposure are so similar to (and sometimes the sameas) the symptoms you experience when you have a typical cold or a stomach bug, you might not consider black mold as the culprit. This is hugely problematic. If you brush off your coughing, sneezing or irritated eyes as just another seasonal cold, the black mold problem will not be addressed.
When black mold is neither detected nor promptly removed, you’ll continue to be exposed to it in your home and your symptoms will only worsen. This is not to say that you shouldn’t consider typical colds, the flu, your asthma or regular allergies, but, at the same time, be careful not to overlook black mold.
If you suspect black mold is to blame for your coughing, sneezing, headaches or fatigue, visit your doctor. Also, be sure to book an air quality test as soon as possible.
Is sneezing the worst of what I’ll deal with when exposed to black mold?
Though sneezing is certainly irritating, and every reaction to mold should be investigated and taken care of, the health effects of black mold exposure can be much more severe and even life threatening.
For instance, long term or frequent exposure to black mold may lead to hypersensitive pneumonitis, which is a chronic lung disease brought on by fungal antigens. In addition, when mold spores enter the body through the respiratory system, they may trigger or worsen other conditions, including organic dust toxicity syndrome (ODTS).
Bear in mind that unfortunately there are not extensive studies on the topic of mold and its effects on health, as every person is different and reactions to fungi vary. However, if you begin sneezing and experiencing other symptoms associated with black mold exposure, be sure to consider black mold and have your indoor air tested.