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Symptoms of Black Mold Sickness

Identification of symptoms of black mold sickness is very important for timely diagnosis of the problem. Read this article to get a brief overview of symptoms of black mold exposure.
Black mold infestation is a common occurrence in households, particularly, in the damp dark corners which do not have enough air circulation or exposure to sunlight. It can be identified with greenish black spots on various water damaged surfaces like wallboard, floor carpets, ceilings and so on. This fungi belongs to Stachybotrys genus and is usually referred with a common term as Stachybotrys chartarum (or Stachybotrys atra). It is of many different types but all of them are hazardous. A harmful black mold is referred to as toxic black mold. Reproduction of black mold takes place through spores. These light weight spores becomes air borne quite easily and then enters the body through inhalation of contaminated air or ingestion of contaminated foods and are responsible for inducing symptoms of black mold sickness.

Symptoms of Black Mold Sickness

Initially, mild symptoms of black mold are observed. When the spores of black mold comes in contact with the body, then the immune system treat it as an allergen and triggers allergic response. Some common black mold allergy symptoms are runny nose, sneezing, coughing, itchy skin rashes, watery eyes, and so on. As the black mold poisoning reaches an advanced stage more serious symptoms of toxic black mold sickness are observed. By this time, the reproductive spores of toxic black mold start attacking the healthy cells of the body. As a result, one or more of the following symptoms are observed:
  • Recurring headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lack of appetite
  • Sudden loss of weight
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Asthma attack
  • Chronic upper respiratory infection
  • Ear pain or repeated ear infections
  • Cough with bloody mucous
  • Swelling in the glands present in the armpit and neck region
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
Prolonged exposure to toxic black mold have some severe health consequences and leads to some serious black mold symptoms. In this condition, the mucous membranes of the body are destroyed by the mycotoxins produced by the toxic black mold, then bleeding may occur from various parts of the body including nose, lungs and rectal. If it results in brain damage, then the observable symptoms of black mold sickness are concentration problem, short-term memory loss, mood swing, anxiety, depression and even neurological disorders.

Treatment for Toxic Black Mold Symptoms

The moment you notice one or more of the mold exposure symptoms, you must visit a doctor for the treatment. If the toxic black mold exposure symptoms in humans are at an early stage, then cold and sinusitis medications are prescribed to treat the condition. Nasal sprays are very effective on symptoms of black mold poisoning of runny nose and nasal congestion. Calcium and potassium supplements are also recommended as they are beneficial for fighting of mold exposure symptoms. Advanced black mold symptoms in humans can be checked with the help of detoxification of the body by detoxification specialist. In this treatment, the hazardous mold spores are eradicated from the body so that no healthy cells are damaged.

Now that you are aware of the symptoms of black mold exposure could be a serious issue, you must not ignore the problem and delay the treatment unnecessarily. The longer the mold spores are allowed to live inside the body, they become more destructive. Toxic mold syndrome can be prevented by eliminating them completely from the house. Check out for signs of mold growth in the damp areas like bathroom, basement and kitchen. If you find any, take necessary steps for mold removal. Dampness on the walls can be prevented by repairing all the leaky pipes and roof of the house. To ensure proper air circulation inside the house, install a good number of exhaust fans all over the house.
By Bidisha Mukherjee
Last Updated: 10/10/2011
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