Often times, the underlying cause why you’re suffering from a specific health problem might be a consequence of mold exposure. Unfortunately, mold poisoning can be harmful to your overall well-being and health. This is why it’s crucial to be able to recognize the main symptoms and thus, address the problem as soon as possible.
What Is Mold Disease?
This health problem has very similar symptoms of other diseases and conditions. Mold is a type of fungi which grows in humid, warm, and damp areas and it reproduces through the formation of small and invisible spores which sprout and fly away.
Mold usually develops in areas where there is a water leak, in poorly-ventilated bathrooms, and flooded places. It can attach to the showerhead, furniture, paper, carpet, shoes, pets, books, and even on the air system if the filters aren’t regularly replaced. In buildings that have been damaged by water, the air and dust are full of contaminants, which lead to a toxic chemical stew.
Mold produces mycotoxins or toxins present on fragments and spores of mold which are released into the air. Unfortunately, a lot of the buildings we live in are water-damaged and mold exposure is a common problem. Mold toxicity is a chronic inflammatory response syndrome. This is a chronic and acute systematic inflammatory response. This happens as a result of exposure to resident toxigenic organisms in areas damaged by water. Some are inflammagens, bacteria, fungi, and actinomycetes.
As Ritchie Shoemaker, MD, and author of several books puts it, 24% of the population cannot create the needed antibody responses, i.e. they’re genetically-predisposed to mold toxicity due to the presence of an immune response gene known as HLA-DR. Hence, these individuals are unable to recognize certain toxins as such and so they penetrate the body and cause a persistent inflammatory response.
The Negative Effect of Mold Toxicity
Mold exposure is a serious health problem which may weaken the immunity and cause serious complications with the health. It won’t go away on its own and the symptoms may last for years and years. According to experts, these are some of the needed information when diagnosing CIRS:
- Genetic predisposition to a disease connected with biotoxin exposure
- Signs and history which are consistent with exposure to biotoxins
- Biomarkers consistent with vascular, endocrine, and neuroimmune abnormalities
- Specific abnormalities documented by VCS testing
The Most Common Signs of Mold Disease
Changes in appetite
Pain in the abdominal area
Increased urge to urinate
Sensitivity to light
Brain fog and memory problems
Shortness of breath, coughing, and problems with the sinuses
Nerve pain, joint pain, and muscle cramps
Metallic taste in the mouth
To conclude, studies have shown that mold can cause serious complications, therefore, if you suspect mold exposure, you should test your home for mold in consultation with a clinician trained in mold exposure management.