3 Signs a Home May Have Mold Problems, 5-part Series: Part 2, Symptoms

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This five-part series on mold problems will alert you to things to be on the lookout for, whether you’re buying, selling, or simply wanting to live out your days in your home. This is information with the potential to impact health, wealth, and happiness.

Mold issues are on the rise, so instead of clicking away from here please power through this information for the sake of awareness of things that may be affecting your family’s health, wealth, and happiness. These are the type of things that you don’t want to remain unaware of and, unfortunately, they’re easy to miss or dismiss.

Vickie Swenson of Minnesota Mold recently shared with us that she became a mold inspector after researching a family member’s allergies. You may not become as intrigued with the topic of mold as she did and want to build a career on it, but you may be interested in how subtly macro- and microfungi can affect your life.

When Vickie performs a mold inspection, she knows that she won’t always see immediate evidence of its presence. Instead, she knows that by paying close attention to how her body responds by manifesting various symptoms that it is there.

Some of the symptoms of mold and mold allergies are:

  • Watery eyes,
  • Runny nose,
  • Aching joints,
  • Itchy throat,
  • Coated tongue,
  • Shortness of breath,
  • Asthma attack.

These symptoms will vary from person-to-person, and that is one of the most frustrating things about mold. Symptoms may be different for each type of mold and vary in strength. For example, when I walk into a mold-filled structure, my chest feels tight.

If, as you move from room-to-room in a house, you notice these symptoms, you can be assured that there is some sort of mold issue. That issue may be large or small, but immediate action is required.

Regardless of what action you take, remember what Vickie says, “Doctors diagnose allergies. Inspectors diagnose mold.” If you recognize symptoms, visit your physician.

In Part 1 of this series, we introduced the reasons why mold is a growing concern. In Part 3, we discuss smells that you may notice. In Part 4, we alert you to sights you may not recognize as an indication of mold. In Part 5, we wrap it all up with actions you can take to assess the best course of action for you and your loved ones.

Note to readers: The information contained in this series is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be construed as advice or any claim promising a particular outcome. You should perform your own independent analysis to verify the accuracy of any information provided in this article.

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