Did you know that mold is everywhere? Mold spores are present in the air you breathe and on many surfaces you touch on a daily basis. When combined with moisture, mold spores can grow into large infestations that can be seen or smelt. Contrary to popular belief, mold does not automatically cause health problems, however it can cause health problems in people who are sensitive to mold. In fact, it is estimated that around 25% of the population is vulnerable to mold toxicity due to a genetic predisposition that inhibits the body’s ability to clear toxins.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three common types of indoor mold including: Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Aspergillus. Regardless of the type, all mold variations have similar effects on the body. Mold toxins have been found to suppress the immune system, damage and kill cells, and impair both mitochondrial and nervous system function.
Certain symptoms can emerge in people who have a sensitivity or an allergy to mold. These symptoms can range from mild to severe, but most symptoms are generally mild. In some cases, symptoms can become more severe over time. Symptoms of mold toxicity include:
- Brain fog
- Itchy eyes
- Night sweats
In people with preexisting conditions such as asthma or allergies, it can be difficult to determine if the cause of symptoms is due to the presence of mold or simply due to the preexisting condition. Oftentimes preexisting conditions must be ruled out before a diagnosis of mold sensitivity or toxicity can be made. In many cases, it is possible that the symptoms can be an indication of a mold allergy. However, according to the National Capital Poison Center many people will test positive for mold allergens, but fail to exhibit symptoms.
In some cases, asthma or allergies can elicit more severe symptoms in people who are sensitive to mold. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) notes that healthy people can be affected by upper respiratory symptoms, coughing, and wheezing when exposed to mold. The IOM also noted people with asthma will experience asthma symptoms and those with susceptible immune systems can experience hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
There is also a phenomenon known as “sick building syndrome”, which refers to multiple people living in the same building who experience acute symptoms that are linked to them living within the building. These symptoms can include headache, fatigue, and irritation of the skin, eyes, and throat. The majority of sick building syndrome cases can usually be attributed to poor building ventilation or maintenance.
Overall, if you have noticed that you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms, then you may be suffering from mold sensitivity. Noticing that these symptoms occur in response to certain locations can also help you to determine if they are caused by a reaction to mold. The good news is that symptoms from mold toxicity can be effectively managed through the elimination of toxins, manual therapy, and lymphatic drainage.
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