How Much Mold Exposure is Harmful?

Young woman looking at mold in her home

Mold can grow inside and out, with many homes and buildings experiencing mold-related issues at some point. But how much mold exposure is harmful, and how do you know if mold is making you sick? While most healthy people are unlikely to experience significant side effects from living with mold, it is still an unpleasant substance that can make your home look and smell unappealing while simultaneously causing structural damage. If you’re worried about mold in your home, The BrickKicker is here to help! 

How Do You Know if Mold is Making You Sick?

The presence of mold in the home can affect people in different ways. Some people may be completely unbothered, while others may experience more disruptive health complications. Those with a history of allergies or upper respiratory issues such as asthma are most likely to have mold-triggered symptoms, but how do you know if mold is making you sick? Common side effects to mold exposure include: 

  • – Coughing or wheezing 
  • – Red, itchy eyes
  • – Stuffy nose
  • – Irritated skin 

More severe side effects include: 

  • – Shortness of breath or an asthma attack
  • – Fever
  • – Pneumonia

Your doctor can perform a mold allergy test to see if exposure to mold is causing any of the above symptoms. 

Can Mold Cause Headaches?

Prolonged mold exposure can cause headaches, especially in those with allergies. But more often than not, any headaches are likely a side effect of the constant sniffling and congested irritation brought on by mold, similar to sinus headaches. Aggravated sinuses create a lot of additional pressure, so while mold can cause headaches, it’s likely affecting your sinuses first. 

Can Mold Kill You?

Except for the most extreme of cases, it is highly unlikely that mold will kill you. Mold is a very common substance that most people come in contact with over the course of their lives, and even lengthy periods of exposure may not cause any side effects at all. Even those with allergies or asthma who may experience unpleasant reactions are very unlikely to die from mold. 

Fight Mold With The BrickKicker! 

Regardless of whether or not you are personally finding mold exposure harmful, it’s still not something you want on your property. Mold can significantly weaken your home’s structure and cause costly damage, so work with The BrickKicker for professional mold testing today! We have the technology and know-how to detect mold and make remediation recommendations. Schedule an appointment to get started!