Exposure to mold in a certain environment can elicit symptoms that are very common to experience. Mold exposure symptoms can present as sinus pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, a headache for example and while these symptoms may seem pretty innocuous, if they are not responding to regular medical treatment, seem to come and go dependant on the environment or are just out of the ordinary, it might be time to think deeper.
Due to the symptoms of mold exposure being so commonly associated with other illnesses, doctors may diagnose you with something more common like chronic sinus infection, emphysema or fatigue syndrome. Environmental triggers may not be the first thing on a doctors mind when they see what seems so common, so many prescribe a common drug and tell you to follow up assuming your symptoms will be eliminated.
If you’re experiencing true mold exposure symptoms, one thing to look out for to differentiate from one of the more common diagnosis is to take notice of how you feel in certain environments. If you are usually experiencing your headaches at home, and they disappear when you leave the environment, it may be an indicator that environmental exposure to some irritant is the cause. If you experience shortness of breath in the workplace but have no issues at home, it may be an indicator that environmental exposure to some irritant is the cause.
Mold inspection is crucial if you’re experiencing something as described above. Mold exposure symptoms can be misdiagnosed, and it may be an inspection that will help to narrow down just what the issue is. At HNST, owner and operator John Skelly performs professional mold inspections to help identify if there is harmful mold in your home. Along with mold testing, allergen testing can be done as well. Sometimes it is not exposure to mold causing these symptoms, but exposure to other environmental irritants.