Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Mold is usually not a problem indoors, unless or until mold spores land on wet or damp spots and begin growing. Molds produce allergens (substances that cause allergic reactions) and irritants. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive persons. Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic persons.
Research on mold and its health effects is ongoing. This does not describe all the potential health effects related to mold exposure.
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