11 Signs You Have Mold Illness! Mold is Everywhere Around Us!
Maybe we suffer from Mold Illness but we don’t know it! In most homes, mold nowadays is a big problem. But many people are in fact unaware of the problem. Of course, when we think about mold problems, every one of us is looking under the sink, at the shower curtain or in the basement. But mold can grow anywhere.
If leaks are present in the roof we can easily find mold there. In drywall as well and even on Christmas tree. One research found that even Christmas trees can breed mold. They can quietly release millions of spores into the room and can cause asthma attacks and winter allergies.
Types of Mold
Did you know that there are 1,000 types of mold? We can find all of them growing in the modern American home. Scientists make the mold classification based on the effect they actually have on humans and of course, other living things.
On the low end of the danger mold scale are allergenic molds. They can only cause problems for those who have predisposed allergy to the specific mold and people with asthma. Children are those who are more likely to have mold allergies than adults.
This type of molds can cause some infection. This is very big problem for people suffering from suppressed immune system. People who are exposed to these types of mold can have An acute response resembling bacterial pneumonia.
As the name says, this type of molds can produce mycotoxins. That causes serious health effects. They are linked to immunosuppression and cancer. Scientists who found toxic chemicals in these molds say that we can absorb them into our body when we inhale or eat them, or even touch them.
The 5 Most Common Indoor Molds, according to Dr. Mercola, are:
- Alternaria: We can commonly find it in out mouth, nose and upper respiratory tract. It cause allergic responses.
- Aspergillus: Usually we can find it in extremely damp, warm climates. It is a common occupant of house dust. It can cause lung infections and produces mycotoxins.
- Cladosporium: A very common outdoor fungus that grows on wood, textiles and other porous, damp materials. It can trigger asthma symptoms and hay fever.
- Penicillium: Very common mold that appear on decaying fabrics, wallpaper, fiberglass duct insulation and carpet. It can easily cause asthma and allergies. Some species of this mold produce mycotoxins. One is the common and very known antibiotic penicillin.
- Stachybotrys: This is extremely toxic “black mold” . It produces mycotoxins which among other health problems can cause bleeding of the lungs and serious breathing difficulties. Thankfully, it is less common in homes than the other four. However, we can find it on paper or wood, cellulose products.
What is Mold Illness?
The varieties of health problems that can happen from any type of mold exposure represent the Mold illness. Although the mold exposure can cause a mold allergy and it is a very common problem, mold can actually cause illness or sickness without an allergic reaction. Mold can cause infections or toxic and irritant reaction as wells. Those infections can lead to a lot of problems from flu, skin infections symptoms and even pneumonia. (Mayo Clinic)
11 Signs of Mold Illness:
- Trouble Focusing, Memory Problems, Brain Fog, Headaches
- Weakness and Fatigue
- Aches, Persistent Nerve Pain, Unexplained Muscle Cramping and Pains or the Joints,
- Numbness and Tingling
- Eye Problems like Light Sensitivity or Red Eyes
- Asthma and Sinus Problems like Shortness of Breath or Cough
- Vertigo and Tremors
- Diarrhea, Digestive Issues for example Change in Appetite, Abdominal Pain, Nausea
- Metallic Taste in the Mouth
- Temperature Regulation or Night Sweats
- Excessive Thirst and Increased Urination
How mold can impact our life?
If you want to know more on how to fight back, here is an interesting video to watch!