Prevent Mold Poisoning and Illness if Symptoms Appear.
- The symptoms of mold exposure in humans can have severe consequences;
- Molds favor paper, cloth, and wood, but could infest concrete and glass too;
- Toxic fungi thrive inside walls, carpets, heating, ventilation systems and more;
- Mold allergies and poisoning pose threat to adults, children, and pets;
- Toxic fungi can grow anywhere as long as conditions are right.
The worst case scenario is toxic mold exposure.
But can exposure to mold cause illness you may ask?
It sure does!
If you sense the slightest sign of a musty odor or see indications of surface discoloring, it could be a sign of an infestation. If you sense a musty smell, you might be exposed to toxic fungi, even if you can’t spot the signs of such growing!
“The term ‘mycotoxin’ is reserved for the toxic chemical products produced by fungi that colonize crops. One mold species may produce many different mycotoxins, and several species may produce the same mycotoxin.”
Short-term poisoning from fungi fumes causes adults, children, and pets to suffer from the symptoms of toxic mold exposure. Long-term leads to the development of the mold-linked syndrome. – MoldBlogger.com
If you recognize any of these signs,
you could be a victim of the damp building effect.
There are 3 levels of mold exposure:
Do You Suffer from Symptoms of Mold Exposure?
If you have one, several or all of the above-listed symptoms on a regular basis, it is highly advisable that you inspect your home for signs of a fungi infestation. You should track how and when your symptoms occur, worsen and disappear.
When leaving your abode in the morning, do you notice if you feel better during the day, being outside of your abode? This can be a clear indicator that something in your home is, in fact, causing your distress.
The same applies when you’re traveling or on a vacation. If you find yourself in better health then further inspection for the presence of toxic fungus in your property is a must. Your home shouldn’t make you sick and to locate, treat and remove the mold problem is the one and only solution.
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What is the treatment for exposure to toxic mold?
If caught on time, you could treat the symptoms and prevent illness.
- Mold-free diets – paleo and grain-free diets show great results;
- Allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy or SCIT);
- Anti-mold herbs and medications;
- Saunas using infrared wavelengths;
- IV nutrient & detoxification therapies;
- Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG): Immune Disorders Treatment.
Build a “safe” room. Equip it with proper filtration to minimize the risks of the presence of toxic fumes, spores or mold-induced allergens.
What are the Effects of Molds on Human Health?
Exposure to toxic mold can be fatal but not all fungi are bad.
Before we further elaborate on the negative effects of toxic molds on human health, let’s begin by mentioning a few positive impacts:
- Rhizopus is a type of fungus that releases fumaric acid. It is used to produce a type of local anesthetic for adults, known as cortisone;
- Aspergillus flavus on the other hand, has been safely used in China for centuries in the making of cheeses and soy sauce;
- Penicillium has led to the discovery of the antibiotic.
However, not all types of mold are as benevolent as the ones above.
Besides looking unsightly, any type of mold can become a major inconvenience once it enters your household or office.
If the infested area is not sterilized in time, the fungi will release numerous spores into the air. Once inhaled by humans, spores can trigger an allergic reaction. The signs of mold toxicity will vary depending on your age, the level of exposure, and your health condition.
Toxic mold is a source for microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOC). Most lack odor but some are quite fusty. In the indoor environment, human exposure to fungal MVOC’s has been pointed as the cause of headaches, nasal irritation, dizziness, fatigue, and nausea. However, the evidence is insufficient, and other factors should also be taken into consideration.
Here is a chart to highlight the most common binders and sources associated with mycotoxins:
|Mycotoxin:||Associated Molds:||Examples Binders:||Potential Sources:|
|Aflatoxin||Aspergillus flavus; |
|Clays (bentonite, montmorillonite) Charcoals; Zeolites; Glucomannan; Diatomaceous earth;||Milk, cheese, eggs, meat (contaminated feed), cereals, wheat, spices, tree nuts, peanuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts, chilies, oilseeds, corn, spices, black pepper, dried fruit, figs, dried coconut|
|Ochratoxin||Aspergillus albertensis; |
Aspergillus ochraceus; Aspergillus sderotiorum; Aspergillus sulphurous; Aspergillus wentii;
Penicillium nordicum; Penicillium viridicatum;
|Cereals, wheat, corn, oats, coffee, dried fruit, wine, beer, cocoa, nuts, beans, peas, bread, rice, cheese, meats (contaminated feed, especially pork and poultry), dried and smoked fish, soybeans, garbanzo beans|
|Trichothecene||Penicillium verrucosum; Cephalosporium; Fusarium; Myrothecium; Stachybotrys; Trichoderma; Tdchothecium; Verticimonosporium;||Clays (bentonite; montmorillonite); Charcoals; |
Zeolites; Glucomannan; Diatomaceous earth;
|Grains, cereals, wheat, barley, oats, corn, rye, durum, soybeans, potatoes, sunflower seeds, peanuts, bananas|
* This chart is a partial listing of fungi that may produce mycotoxins. Additional sources of mycotoxins or binders may not be present. Some of the binders listed are from veterinary literature. Mycotoxins are crucial for the manufacturing of animal products such as milk, eggs, and meat.
Symptoms of Toxic Mold Exposure – Conclusion and Takeaways:
The signs of mycotoxin exposure are various and often neglected. Many fail to recognize the symptoms of exposure to mold in humans until sickness arises. Mycotoxins cause serious damage to both your health and that of your beloved ones. To be well-aware and detox is how you can prevent the consequences of poisoning and illness in the first place. In case you have suspicions but you can’t see the signs – you should always seek professional help.