Do I Have Mold Sickness?

Have you recently come down with symptoms that resemble allergies? Do you have headaches, migraines, stomach pains, breathing problems, or rashes, but you are unsure of the cause? If your home or office has a mold problem, it may be a mold-borne illness that is causing your symptoms. Mold sickness is difficult to detect because its symptoms vary from person to person, and it often resembles more common ailments. However, the classic signals of mold sickness are unexplained headaches and mild allergy symptoms. If you suspect you have mold illness, here's how you can find out for sure.

First, ask your doctor to perform an allergy test. This is simple test done on the skin to determine which allergens you are sensitive to. If you happen to have a mold allergy, it will be revealed by the test.

Next, do a cursory inspection of your home for mold and mildew growth. Black mold, commonly found in basements, bathrooms, and other moist areas, is a leading cause of mold sickness. It looks like greasy black streaks.

If you cannot see or smell any mold, have a professional mold inspector visit your home to check the air ducts and other hard to reach places. Though mold can grow out of sight in your ventilation system, the spores will disperse into your air.

Report your findings to your doctor so he or she can properly treat you. If you have typical mold sickness symptoms, a positive allergy test, and mold in your home, then you very likely have a mold illness. If you can definitively rule out mold as the cause of your symptoms, then you and your doctor will look for another cause.

Take measures to remove the mold from your home. Long term exposure can lead to more serious conditions. There are many professional basement mold companies and removal systems that can clean your home thoroughly. This will help you recover and keep you and your family from getting mold sickness in the future.

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