Are you or a loved one experiencing unusual physical symptoms that seem to affect every part of your body? Are you going from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what’s wrong, yet you walk away feeling like people think your symptoms are all in your head? Are you yearning for answers and relief, but they feel elusive?
At The LaCava Center, we believe you. We understand you aren’t imagining your symptoms. We also understand it’s possible that mold exposure might be the culprit making you sick, and our medical professionals are experts at recognizing, diagnosing, and treating mold sickness effectively. In the content below, we explore common mold types and the ten most common symptoms of mold exposure.
What Is Mold?
Mold is a type of fungus. The earth contains more than 100,000 types of mold that can grow inside or outside. Most molds grow best in environments that are damp, dark, and within a temperature range of 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Molds produce and release a poison, called mycotoxins. Different types of mold produce different kinds of toxins. If these mycotoxins are released into your body, they can make you very sick, referred to as mold sickness.
Mold sickness can be very serious and has been linked to cancer, brain damage, lung damage, asthma, fibromyalgia, and death. Mold sickness is particularly life-threatening for infants, the elderly, immunocompromised patients, diabetic patients, transplant recipients, and cancer patients.
Mold exposure is also linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). A New Zealand scientist, Dr. James Sprott, made a connection between chemical gases, mold gases, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Dr.Sprott states that mold gases emanate from the mold formed by trapped spit-up, urine, etc., in babies’ bedding. Because of his findings, New Zealand created a 100% successful campaign to reduce the number of SIDS deaths. Healthcare professionals advise parents to wrap infant mattresses in mold gas-blocking covers. Over 200,000 babies over 20 years have slept on these covered mattresses without one SIDS death. During that same 20 years, 1020 SIDS deaths occurred in babies sleeping on unwrapped mattresses.
Why aren’t the dangers of mold sickness common knowledge in the United States? Unfortunately, conventional medicine often overlooks the serious consequences of mold exposure.
3 Types of Mold Causing Health Problems
There are three types of mold that cause health problems for humans: allergenic, pathogenic, and toxigenic.
As the name suggests, allergenic molds produce and cause allergic reactions. Allergenic molds are particularly troublesome for those who have asthma. The molds that commonly cause allergy symptoms are Alternaria, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, and Penicillium.
Pathogenic molds can cause devastating infections — even in healthy people. However, those with compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable. Respiratory symptoms that mimic acute pneumonia can, in fact, be caused by pathogenic mold, which includes A. fumigatus, A. flavus, C. neoformans, and H. capsulatum.
Toxigenic molds have the potential to cause the most serious health consequences. They release more mycotoxins, poisonous substances, which cause serious to life-threatening illnesses. Stachybotrys chartarum and molds in the Fusarium species are examples of toxigenic mold.
Most Common Household Molds
Thousands of types of molds can exist in our homes. We usually think of basements and bathrooms when we think of mold, but even drywall and carpeting can contain mold.
10 Symptoms of Mold Exposure
Mold exposure and mold-related illnesses are real and can be life-threatening. Numerous national organizations, including The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have all researched and published their findings, which support links between mold and illness. These organizations all agree that Mold Fine Particulate is a health hazard.
Mold Fine Particulate can be as small as a gas molecule, which is smaller than a mold spore. Because Mold Fine Particulate is so small, it can be inhaled into the lungs and absorbed into the bloodstream, therefore, taking it throughout the body and causing mold sickness.
If mold sickness continues to be undiagnosed and untreated, the mold releases poisons, mycotoxins, into your body as the mold spreads.
It’s probably becoming clearer why you or your loved one are experiencing so many seemingly unrelated symptoms.
Here is a list of common mold sickness symptoms. This is not an exhaustive list.
1. Ear, Nose, Throat, and Eye Symptoms
Ringing in ears, ear infections, dizziness, hearing loss, runny nose, sneezing, nose bleeds, sensitivity to odors, chronic sinusitis, sinus/nasal congestion, laryngitis, raspy voice, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, watery eyes, itchy eyes, eye redness, and light sensitivity
2. Skin Symptoms
Rashes, skin irritation, hives, itchiness, burning, bumps, thickened skin, open sores, cherry hemangiomas, bruising easily, acne, night sweats, sun sensitivity, and electric shock feeling
3. Musculoskeletal Symptoms
Joint pain, morning stiffness, muscle weakness, muscle spasms, muscle aches, muscle cramps, sharp pain, burning pain, and stabbing pain
4. Digestive Symptoms
Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, irritable bowel, constipation, heartburn, acid reflux, poor appetite, weight loss, weight gain, metallic taste in the mouth, and bile reflux
5. Urinary Tract Symptoms
Dark urine, kidney pain, urinary tract infections, bladder pain, and increased urine frequency
6. Heart and Lung Symptoms
Shortness of breath, heart palpitations, edema, swelling, coughing, breathing problems, respiratory infections, wheezing, and asthma
7. Extremities (Hands and Feet)
Coldness, tingling, numbness, and tremors
8. Women’s Health Symptoms
Infertility, endometriosis, irregular menstrual cycles, early menopause, and vaginal yeast infections
9. Endocrine and Immune Symptoms
Mood swings, depression, insomnia, low sex drive, inflamed or painful lymph nodes, flu-like symptoms, cancer, systemic candida infection, and recurrent infections
10. Neurological Symptoms
Headaches, migraines, sleep disorders, chronic fatigue not relieved by rest or sleep, memory loss, brain fog, forgetfulness, difficulty focusing or concentrating, word recall problems, widespread nerve pain, and difficulty balancing
Treat Symptoms of Mold Exposure at The LaCava Center
At The LaCava Center, we invite you to contact us today at (847) 695-6262 or via our online form to meet with one of our knowledgeable medical professionals, learn more about mold exposure, and review your symptoms. After listening carefully and assessing your needs, we’ll recommend appropriate testing to determine if your body is affected by mold sickness. We may also recommend testing your environment.
Once we have your test results, we’ll talk with you about a treatment protocol designed for your particular condition and severity. Treatment protocols can include dietary changes, nutritional supplements, antifungal medications, and other recommendations for your environment. We look forward to helping you become the healthiest version of yourself!