Respiratory Problems

Respiratory Problems

Respiratory Problems

Mold spores are pretty much everywhere, and we breathe them every day. People with respiratory disease or weakened immune systems are at more risk of developing breathing issues. Some molds can trigger an allergic reaction or cause an infection in the lungs. The symptoms can vary depending on what type of mold is in the lungs and what type of reaction they cause. Mold exposure can cause a reaction called Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis (ABPA). Symptoms are similar to asthma signs and include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever (rare)
  • Worsening of asthma
  • Symptoms

Invasive aspergillosis is when an Aspergillus fungus grows in the lungs and cause symptoms such as:

  • Fever
  • Chest pain
  • Cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Shortness of breath
  • Potentially life-threatening symptoms if it spreads past your lungs

Symptoms of non-Aspergillus molds infections tend to be similar.

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Sinus Congestion, Sneezing & Coughing

Mold allergy can cause respiratory problems, coughing, itchy eyes, and other symptoms that make your immune system overreact when you breathe in mold spores. When inhaling airborne mold spores, the body recognizes them as foreign invaders and develops allergy-causing antibodies to fight them. The same signs and symptoms that occur in other types of upper respiratory allergies can be presented as itchy eyes, nose, throat, sneezing, nasal congestion, and coughing. Mold allergy symptoms vary from person to person and range from mild to severe. Symptoms can be more noticeable when the weather is damp or when there is a high concentration of mold in outdoor or indoor spaces.

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