Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Mold and Your Health

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Mold and Your Health

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Outdoors, mold plays an important role in decomposing dead, organic material indoors; however, mold growth can cause serious health risks to you and your family. Molds and mildew are some of the most common causes of seasonal allergies, and may cause symptoms in allergic individuals from spring to late fall, or year-round in more humid locations.

Mold is a type of fungus that breaks down dead material and returns nutrients to the environment. It grows by digesting animal or plant matter, and reproduces via lightweight spores that travel through the air. If you are allergic to mold, when you inhate these airborne spores your body recognizes them as foreign invaders and produces allergy-causing antibodies to fight them.

Mold allergy symptoms are very similar to those of other allergies, such as sneezing, fatigue, persistent cough, wheezing, itching, headaches, and prolonged flu-like symptoms. Most of these allergic responses, while they may make you miserable, are not serious. However, mold can also pose a serious health risk by causing conditions such as mold-induced asthma or allergic fungal sinusitis, which is when mold lodges and grows "in the sinuses. …

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