Fungi can be allergens, irritants, or pathogens. They also produce mycotoxins, which are poisons. Health effects to humans resulting from exposure to fungi include hay-fever-type symptoms, usually reported as seasonal, but by occupants of a water-damaged building, they are experienced as perennial.
Symptoms include: dry, watery, itchy and/or red eyes; sneezing; productive cough; dry cough; congestion; runny nose; headaches; rashes; fatigue; sore throat; swollen glands; difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; sinus pressure; ear pressure; ear popping; gastrointestinal problems.
Diagnoses include: allergic rhinitis; bronchitis; pneumonia; asthma; sinusitis (fungal or bacterial); allergic broncho-pulmonary aspergillosis (inflammatory organ lesions); hypersensitivity pneumonitis; fungal sinusitis; urticaria (skin eruptions). Chronic sinusitis and severe allergic exacerbations of allergic rhinitis can cause or contribute to anosmia or hyposmia, the loss or diminution of ability to smell odors. Many individuals with these conditions have a compromised ability to taste or none at all.
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