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Black Mold Poisoning Symptoms

author image Iva Gutowski
Iva Gutowski is a practicing nurse with health care experience since 2001. She has worked in the hospital setting on medical/surgical floors and critical care units. She has been a writer since 1999. Her experience includes articles for "The Asheville Citizen-Times," "The McDowell News," and "The Old Fort News." Gutowski holds a License Practical Nursing degree from McDowell Technical Community College
Black Mold Poisoning Symptoms
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Black Mold poisoning can cause only one to two symptoms in some people and many more in other people. Exposure and poisoning related to black mold can cause mild, moderate or severe illness, and sometimes death if left untreated. Black mold grows in moist or humid areas and grows in patches that appear as multiple black spots. There are several symptoms to be aware of that may indicate you have been exposed to black mold and have black mold poisoning. You should visit your physician immediately if you suspect illness from black mold for immediate professional medical attention.

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Respiratory Symptoms

Black Mold releases toxic spores into the environment in order to kill off other black molds in the area that are its competition for food and territory. When you breath in these toxic spores, you may experience respiratory symptoms such as congestion, coughing, increased mucous production and shortness of breath.

Nausea and Vomiting

Most people will experience nausea and vomiting after exposed to black mold. If you have been exposed to large amounts, or for prolonged periods of time, your nausea and vomiting may continue to get worse.


You may develop rashes on your skin after an exposure to black mold. You may have mild or moderate pink and brown skin rashes on any part of your skin. These rashes may itch, although they do not always, and may go away and reappear periodically.

Muscle Pains and Fatigue

As the spores enter your body from exposure to black mold, you may start to develop muscle pains and fatigue. This occurs as your immune system attempts to destroy the invaders and re-routes energy to the immune system. You may also experience fever and cold systems with fatigue.

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