Mold Risk Factors

Mold is a danger to many people, and especially those with allergies to it. Here is a breakdown of the risks mold poses to people exposed to it.

Many people are sensitive to mold. For mold-sensitive people, exposure can result in:

  • nasal stuffiness,
  • eye irritation,
  • wheezing, and/or
  • skin irritation.

Those who are allergic to mold will experience more pronounced symptoms, some of which can be quite severe. If you or anyone in your household are allergic to mold, please consult a doctor if these symptoms occur, and then employ a professional mold remediation service such as Mold Doctors.

  • fever and
  • shortness of breath.

People with chronic lung illnesses run the risk of developing mold infections in their lungs.

In 2004, the Institute of Medicine found sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with respiratory problems in healthy people, asthmatics, and individuals susceptible to hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

Indoor mold exposure has been linked to the following symptoms in persons with otherwise healthy respiratory systems:

  • upper respiratory tract symptoms,
  • cough, and
  • wheeze.

For asthmatics, mold exposure has been linked to asthma symptoms.

Mold exposure has been shown to be linked to hypersensitivity pneumonitis for those susceptible to that illness.

Risk Factors for Children

Children are at special risk from mold exposure due to their developing respiratory and immune systems. Of particular note is the possible link between mold exposure and development of asthma, with an especially high rate of risk for those children who are genetically predisposed to developing asthma. Other respiratory illnesses in children have also been suspected to be caused or fostered by mold exposure. Research on both of these risk factors is ongoing.