What are the mold exposure health concerns?

Health effects from exposure to mold can vary greatly depending on the person and the amount of mold in their home. 

The type of health symptoms that may occur include coughing, wheezing, nasal and throat conditions. People with asthma or allergies who are sensitive to mold may notice their asthma or allergy symptoms worsen. Individuals with severely weakened immune system who are exposed to moldy environments are at risk of developing serious fungal respiratory infections. 

The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that people consult a medical professional if they are concerned about the effects of a moldy environment on their health.

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4. Should I test for mold?
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