Mold can be very harmful for your health, and if you are experiencing certain health issues they may be related to the exposure of mold at your home. Therefore, it is of great essence to learn the symptoms of mold so that you can solve this issue.
Definition and occurrence of mold
Mold is a type of fungi that grows in damp, humid, and warm locations. They multiply by creating small, invisible spores that sprout and fly away. The common appearance of mold is in areas where water leaks, poorly ventilated bathrooms, and it can occur as a result of floods.
Further on, mold can appear on the showerhead, on the furniture, carpets, shoes, papers, carpets, books, pets, and as well as in the air system, especially if you do not change its filters regularly.
Moreover, in water-damaged buildings the air and dust are combined with contaminants, which cause a toxic chemical stew. Sadly, half of the buildings we live in are water-damaged, where mold is a common issue.
Mold produces toxins known as mycotoxins, which are present on fragments and spores of mold released into the air, and people are often exposed to it.
However, the conventional medicine does not recognize mold as a serious issue, however mold poisoning exists and even more is similar to numerous health conditions.
Mold toxicity is a part of the category of Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS). Ritchie Shoemaker, MD, who is an author of several books, states that CIRS is a chronic and acute systematic inflammatory response, which appears as a result of the exposure to resident toxigenic organisms in water-damaged areas, and some of them are inflammagens, actinomycetes, bacteria, and fungi.
Furthermore, he says that 24% of people cannot create adequate antibody responses as they have a genetic predisposition to mold toxicity, resulting from the presence of HLA-DR, an immune response gene. And 95% of this group experiences mold toxicity because they cannot recognize specific mold toxins, therefore they enter the body and cause a persistent inflammatory response.
Mold exposure has to be regarded as serious health issue, which can get worsened when the immune system is weakened thus triggering severe ailments especially if not treated.
CIRS is not treatable by itself, and the symptoms may last for years, therefore medical experts need the following information so that they can diagnose CIRS:
- Signs, symptoms, and history which are consistent with biotoxin exposure.
- A genetic predisposition to an illness related to biotoxin exposure which is based on HLA susceptible haplotype identification.
- Certain abnormalities documented by VCS testing.
- Biomarkers consistent with endocrine, vascular, and neuroimmune abnormalities which are typical for CIRS.
Conclusively, individuals with a history consistent with biotoxins exposure, a susceptible genotype, and an abnormal VCS test, may have the CIRS abnormalities.
17 Most Common Signs of Mold Illness
- Appetite changes
- Nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain
- Blurred vision, red eyes, and light sensitivity
- Fatigue, post exercise fatigue, and weakness
- Difficulties with focusing, brain fog and memory issues
- Asthma-like symptoms, cough, air hunger, shortness of breath, and sinus issues
- Excessive thirst
- Joint pain, inflammatory arthritis, ice pick pain, nerve pain, and muscle cramping
- Tingling and numbness
- Static shocks
- Weight gain and resistance to weight loss
- Night sweats and similar concerns with temperature regulation
- The presence of metallic taste in the mouth
- Elevated urge for urination
All these symptoms resemble to the symptoms of other health concerns, and because of that they are left untreated.
However, many studies have revealed that mold may cause various serious health issues; therefore you have to be well informed about mold illness and try to prevent its occurrence.
Your priority would be to test your home for mold, and if it is affected by it, search for a clinician trained to eliminate the negative effects of mold.