WRITTEN BY: Tammy C. Perez, M.A., NCC, LCDC, LPC
REVIEWED BY: Dr. Terry Schroeder on April 18, 2023
What is Mold Toxicity?
Mold toxicity, also known as mold illness or sick building syndrome, refers to the adverse health effects caused by exposure to mold and its byproducts. Mold grows in humid environments and releases spores and mycotoxins, often inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin.
Mold toxicity causes symptoms that differ in severity and can be challenging to diagnose, often mistaken for other illnesses.
Occasionally, this condition can lead to more severe health problems, such as chronic inflammation, neurological issues, and immune system dysfunction. Pre-existing conditions, such as asthma or allergies, can further enhance the adverse health effects of mold exposure.
What causes Mold Toxicity?
Mold toxicity is caused by exposure to certain types of molds that produce toxic substances called mycotoxins. People with weakened immune systems, respiratory problems, allergies, or chronic illnesses, are most susceptible to the condition. Additionally, people who live or work in environments with high mold levels also have an increased risk of developing the illness.
Mold grows in warm, damp, and humid environments, often in buildings, homes, and other indoor spaces with moisture issues. Common molds that produce mycotoxins include Stachybotrys chartarum, Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Cladosporium.
Mold exposure can result from inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact. Mold spores can become airborne and easily inhaled, especially in poorly ventilated areas. Ingestion and skin contact occurs from consumption, mishandling of moldy materials, and contacting contaminated surfaces.
What are the symptoms of Mold Toxicity?
Mold toxicity has various symptoms that differ between people. Common symptoms of the condition include nasal and sinus congestion, runny nose, sneezing, fatigue, weakness, exhaustion, headaches, migraines, muscle aches, joint pain, and respiratory problems, such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.
Other symptoms of mold toxicity are concentration and memory problems, brain fog, skin irritations, digestive problems, mood swings, anxiety, depression, and sensitivity to light, noise, and certain odors.
How is Mold Toxicity treated?
Treating mold toxicity involves removing its source, body detoxification, and immune system support.
Avoiding mold exposure includes identifying and eliminating sources of mold in the environment by conducting indication tests. This process is usually performed by remediation professionals who specialize in its removal.
Detoxification strategies that remove contaminants from the body are sauna, chelation, and colon hydrotherapy. These therapies eliminate toxins through sweating, urination, or other means.
Nutritional supplements and a healthy diet can support the immune system and aid detoxification. Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants benefit liver health, which is responsible for removing toxins from the body.
Immune-boosting herbs and supplements, such as probiotics or medicinal mushrooms, increase the performance and effectiveness of the immune system. Antifungal and anti-inflammatory medications also help alleviate mold toxicity symptoms.
How does Mold Toxicity affect brain wellness?
Mold toxicity can negatively impact brain wellness in several ways. Mold exposure can lead to the production of mycotoxins, which are toxic substances that can enter the body through inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact. Mycotoxins can travel to the brain and affect its functioning.
Complications caused by mold toxicity include cognitive impairment, mood disorders, neurological symptoms, sleep disturbances, and neurodegenerative diseases.
Mycotoxins can impair cognitive functioning, leading to memory, attention, and decision-making problems. They can also cause mood disorders and neurological symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, headaches, dizziness, and tremors. Additionally, long-term exposure to mold and mycotoxins can increase the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): https://www.nimh.nih.gov/
Center For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/
National Institutes of Health (NIH): https://www.nih.gov/
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