According to the CDC, some people are particularly sensitive to mold. For these people, exposure to molds can lead to such symptoms as stuffy nose, wheezing, and red or itching eyes or skin. People with allergies to molds or with asthma may have more intense reactions to mold. Severe reactions have occurred in workers exposed to large quantities or concentrations of molds in occupational settings. Farmers working around moldy hay are also particularly susceptible. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath.
People with a compromised immune system are typically more likely to develop mold infections. These include people receiving treatment for cancer, people who have had an organ or stem cell transplant, or people taking immunosuppressants. Exposure to mold or dampness may also lead to the development of asthma in some people.
Interventions that improve the condition of homes and commercial buildings, that remove environmental dangers, and that educate people to identify risk factors in their environments will reduce morbidity from asthma and respiratory allergies. For some, however, the symptoms of mold exposure may be quite severe.
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