Signs and Symptoms of Toxic Mold Exposure
Mold. It triggers your allergies as well as your emotions. It can make you sick, even to the point of being a threat to your life. Depending on what type it is, mold can have a serious effect on your body. How can you fight that? Maybe the next time you feel an allergy attack coming on, you should know a little more about this sometimes invisible threat to your well-being.
Different Types of Mold
When searching for mold signs and symptoms, knowing how many types you have to deal with is important. Here are some common ones along with their symptoms.
- Cladosporium – This strain is one of the most widespread in the world and includes around forty species that are present in the outdoor environment. Its indoor growth is usually controlled by the outdoor concentrations during seasonal changes. Its most common effect on your body is to trigger asthma attacks.
- Aspergillus – Unless you have a compromised immune system, chances are slim that you will be affected negatively by aspergillus spores. However, those with allergy issues, lung problems or other chronic issues can experience several illnesses from exposure called alpergillosis. Asthma is often triggered by exposure to Aspergillus, and food spoilage can also be attributed to it.
- Alternaria – Alternaria is usually found under dry and windy conditions, and indoor concentrations are usually a result of migration from the outside. It is a strong cause of allergies, especially in those with bronchial asthma. Studies show that at least seventy percent of mold allergic patients react strongly to its presence.
- Penicillium – One of the more common molds, Penicillium likes to find damp places to live inside your home. It’s often indistinguishable from aspergillus and is also likely to cause asthma attacks along with other allergy symptoms. Removing it usually requires professional help.
The above molds are only a few of the many that invade our living spaces, both outdoors and inside. There is a worse mold, and it’s something to be concerned about.
The Toxic Mold
Stachybotrys chartarum is its scientific name. We tend to call it toxic black mold, and it’s the most evil mold of all. Black mold can develop and spread through your house faster than you can say condemned. In fact, this mold can have a serious effect on the likelihood of selling your home. No one would willingly move into a place that could hurt them just because it exists.
Looking at the Symptoms of Toxic Mold Exposure
Black mold’s afflictions go far beyond the seasonal allergies and the risks of asthma. These are just a few of the symptoms. Unfortunately, many of these symptoms are often written off.
1. Headache and Sensitivity to Light. This could be connected with other conditions such as migraines, but truthfully, breathing in black mold spores can cause frequent headaches and even worse symptoms.
2. Brain Fog. If your symptoms come and go with the rain, the dampness in your home could be helping this black mold thrive. Black mold produces toxins called trichothecene mycotoxins, and can do a lot of harm to your mental and neurological functions. If you constantly feel foggy and confused, the mold could be the culprit.
3. Muscle Cramps. Usually a lack of potassium is to blame for muscle cramps, but exposure to black mold can easily send your muscles into painful spasms
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4. Slowed Reflexes. Another unwelcome neurological reaction to breathing mold spores is slowed reflexes which may be caused by an attack on your brain’s neurons. You can become easily affected by the neurotoxins that can slow you down and leave you confused.
5. Confusion and Disorientation. Again, your brain can fall victim to the toxic mold’s spores and make it difficult to concentrate.
6. Anxiety. It’s easy to see how the assault on your senses coupled with brain fog and other symptoms can cause anxiety and depression. You may feel like you have no control, one of the more frightening experiences reported in anxiety attacks.
7. Changes in Appetite. Black mold’s toxicity can take you on a journey through appetite and weight changes.
These issues are just a few of the many more. What do you do with a laundry list of symptoms like this? They could be pointing at something else, but you need to rule everything out.
See a Doctor
If you suspect your symptoms are caused by toxic black mold, make an appointment with your physician. You will need to have tests done to rule out any other conditions before going any further.
If you believe you have been exposed to and are affected by toxic black mold, then it’s time to leave! Staying in your mold infested residence will only make your symptoms worse. Once you’ve found a place to live while the mold is treated and killed, you’ll need to focus on your symptoms. Work with your doctor to find remedies that will filter and cleanse your body and bring you back to optimum health.