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Question : What symptoms do you have when you are exposed to mold in your home?
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Howard LeWine, M.D.

Howard LeWine, M.D., is chief editor of Internet Publishing, Harvard Health Publications. He is a clinical instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. LeWine has been a primary care internist and teacher of internal medicine since 1978.

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Most often, people will develop allergy-type symptoms. This includes a congested or runny nose, sneezing, a scratchy throat and/or itchy, red eyes that water. You may be more likely to develop sinus problems with facial pain, a thick nasal drip and headache. You can also become more fatigued.

If you have asthma, mold allergy can cause or make it worse — with coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.

Some people get skin reactions from mold exposure, such as eczema and hives.

Indoor allergies to mold are usually more obvious during the winter months. That’s because we’re spending more time inside the house. But you can have symptoms throughout the year.

People with mold allergy are more likely to also be allergic to other common household allergens, such as animal dander, dust mites and cockroaches.

You should make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your symptoms. There are many effective drugs to help relieve your symptoms. But the most important step is to reduce allergens in your home.

Here are some ways to reduce and eliminate mold at home:

  • Get rid of rugs.
  • Clear out dark, damp and cluttered areas inside the home, especially the basement and the garage.
  • Clear piles of damp leaves in the spring and fall (or have someone else do it).
  • Make sure to clean humidifiers regularly as directed.
  • Consider investing in a dehumidifier. Mold likes to grow in moist environments. Make sure to clean the dehumidifier regularly as directed.

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