Many people know that mold causes health problems, or at the very least that black mold or toxic mold causes health problems. Very few people realize just how many things that mold can do to a person and just how sick mold can make you. Mold has the potential to cause a lot of health problems, but even toxic mold isn't fatal in most cases.

Those At Risk.
Anyone can be sensitive to mold, but those who are risk for the worst reactions are the very young, the very old, and those who already have a compromised immune system. In very rare cases, mold can cause extreme reactions in these people and can cause them to be chronically ill and a few deaths have even been caused in people who already have problems. If you have a chronic illness or a lowered immune system it is a good idea to talk with your doctor right away if you think that you may have been or are being exposed to high concentrations of mold in your home. However, all of the following symptoms can affect anyone. Some people have mild symptoms and others have them in extreme varieties.

Mold Allergies.
Many people who suffer from allergies have allergies to mold. The symptoms that they experience are wide and can be anywhere from mild to sever. They may experience one or more of the symptoms below. The big problem with that is the fact that mold allergies can be triggered by mold spores in the air in addition to mold growing in the home. So, you could have mold hidden somewhere or you could have mold coming in from the outdoors.

Eye Irritation.
Mold spores can irritate the eyes causing burning, itching, and watery eyes. It is much like the "allergy eye" and can even become dry and red. Eye drops may or may not help.

Nose and Throat Problems.
Another problem that mold causes is nose and throat problems, including congestion and irritation. Sore throats are common as well as drips. It is also possible to have a long lasting, dry, hacking cough that just won't go away. While many of these signs feel like a cold they last longer than that and they don't go away. There is also no fever.

Often people who are experiencing problems with mold complain of having headaches. These problems can be severe and the headaches are often described as being "profound".

Respiratory Problems.
Many times people have respiratory problems that are from the mold. This can be shortness of breath, burning in the lungs, difficulty getting enough air, and the dry cough. These problems can range anywhere from light problems, to very difficult problems.

Mold can also cause asthma and asthma type responses. This can be worse for those who already have these problems and many times the severity depends on the person.

Body Aches and Fatigue.
Many experience a wide range of body aches and general fatigue. These can often feel like flu like symptoms and one may even think that they have the flu, but it won't go away. Some will even experience chronic fatigue syndrome.

Skin Problems.
Because mold spores become airborne to move from one location to another, many people experience skin related issues even when they haven't actually touched any mold. In these cases they may get rashes, their skin may get itchy, and they may turn red. Others experience a tenderness or feeling of irritated skin.

Food Intolerance and Allergies.
Many issues caused from mold are easy to see the connection. However, molds can also cause one to have food intolerances and allergies. This can lead to all sorts of problems that don't seem connected to mold. In the very young these intolerances and allergies may be seen as a huge problem that will last a lifetime.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Similar to the food intolerances is a condition known as irritable bowel syndrome. This is characterized by painful cramps, constipation, and diarrhea.

Memory Impairment.
Mold can have a huge effect on the brain. That can lead to memory impairment. This can effect both the short term memory and the long term memory.

Mood Swings.
Along with memory loss, many people who are having mold effect their brains have extreme mood swings. This can happen regularly or just when additional exposure to the mold occurs.

When mold effects the brain it can cause dizziness, spatial difficulties, and disorientation. This can become a real problem for many people, especially the elderly.

Suppression of Immune System.
As if all of these things weren't bad enough on their own many people struggle with their immune system in they are contently exposed to mold. Their immune system becomes suppressed and they are more likely to get all sorts of infections including bacterial and fungal infections, colds, and flues. These illnesses are more likely to last longer and make them sicker than other people as well. For those who already have a suppressed immune system this can be really bad.

Long Term or Persistent Problems.
In most cases none of these symptoms can point to mold problems on their own. Instead it is when they last a long time and they don't go away that there is a problem. If you have had any of these symptoms for a long time you should talk with your doctor about the possibility of it being caused from mold and then get your home tested. You can hire a professional, get airborne tests, or do a number of other things to find hidden mold (check out the article Finding Hidden Mold for more information).

Getting rid of mold when you think that you might have it is very important. Many of these things will go away after spending a few days to a week away from the infected site. Others may take a few months before the mold clears out of your system and you have complete relief. It is important that you take care of the problem right away. Remember that acting is the most important thing that you can do when you think you might have a mold problem.