Your chest is rattling and your ribs are further wracked with every uncontrollable cough that seems to crawl its way up your throat. And the worst part? It’s been going on for weeks, if not months.

Thus is the burden of a chronic cough.

At best, it’s a nuisance. At worst, it impedes your ability to go about your day unimpeded. But when you’re left wondering what in the world started these chesty spasms, we urge you consider the catalyst that is mold.

Tackling the Topic of Toxicity

“Certain molds are toxigenic, meaning they can produce toxins (specifically ‘mycotoxins’),” the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) explains. “Not all fungi produce mycotoxins and even those that do will not do so under all surface or environmental conditions.”

So, simply put, no, not all molds are toxic in nature. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t still prompt a physical reaction when inhaled or ingested.

According to the American Lung Association (ALA), individuals with asthma or an existing mold allergy may be particularly vulnerable to mold exposure symptoms. However, even those without existing respiratory conditions may still experience irritation that is triggered by airborne mold spores.

A Case of Chronic Coughing?

“How then,” you may be wondering, “does this translate to my chronic cough?”

Allow us to explain:

“Defense mechanisms of [the] lung include natural innate immunity, anatomical barriers like cilia, and lung surfactant,” as explained by a 2010 study.

Thus, to cause inflammation of the upper respiratory system, some mold spores essentially generate enzymes and other components that are designed to counteract and break down the proteins of the body’s natural defenses.

And how do you experience your body’s reaction thereof? Simple:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Congestion
  • Sore throat
  • And more

Consequently, based on the above, we can generally conclude that yes, mold may trigger chronic coughing in some exposed individuals. Studies have shown this may specifically include morning cough and “nocturnal dry cough.”

Clearing the (Indoor) Air With Answers

If you’re ready to release both the fatigue and fear that many find inherent in knowing they’ve been exposed to mold, you can start with one simple step: contacting Discreet Air Quality!

While we may not be medical professionals, we are indoor air quality professionals with the knowledge, resources, and equipment to identify both the cause and location of mold growth in and/or around your property.

Finally, once our mold assessment is complete, we will provide you with a comprehensive report in addition to actionable guidance for your next steps! What better way to find peace of mind and start your journey toward restored wellness than to trust your locally-owned and operated indoor air quality professionals?

To get started today, call our team at (754) 702-7019! We promote healthy homes without exception.