17 Signs Of Mold Illness (And How To Tell If You’re At Risk)
Mold is a common issue and it may also be present in your home and be the reason for numerous health issues.
It is very important to know the symptoms and who are most prone to it, in order to treat the issue and avoid adverse effects. According to the conventional medicine, it is not a problem, and it, therefore, offers no proper treatment. The symptoms can be easily mistaken with some other health problem and this makes it a very delicate subject.
These are the most common signs of mold illness:
Memory problems, focusing issues, executive function problems, brain fog
Fatigue, post-exercise malaise, and weakness
Light sensitivity, blurred vision, red eyes
Weight gain despite sufficient effort (weight loss resistance)
Sinus problems, air hunger, cough, shortness of breath, asthma-like signs
Muscle cramps, constant nerve pain, pain in the joints, aches without inflammatory arthritis, “ice pick” pain
Persistent nerve pain
Numbness and tingling
Abdominal pain, diarrhea, appetite changes, nausea
Night sweats or temperature regulation issues
Regarding these symptoms, you can easily see why they are often confused with other diseases’ signs.
Mold thrives in warm, damp, and humid places. It may also appear, for instance, in Arizona and Nevada , in places with poor ventilation, floods, or water leaks, even if they are dry.
Mold can appear in the showerhead, poor ventilated rooms, bathroom, it can attach to the furniture, pets, shoes, books, carpets, and papers. It is able to circulate in the air system as well. Therefore, it is advisable that you change HVAC filters on three months.
Ritchie Shoemaker, MD, the author of 8 books on this issue, including Surviving Mold: Life in the Era of Dangerous Buildings, defines CIRS as follows:
Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) is “an acute and chronic, systemic inflammatory response acquired following exposure to the interior environment of a water-damaged building with resident toxigenic organisms, including, but not limited to fungi, bacteria, actinomycetes, and mycobacterium as well as inflammagens . . . . “
Dr. Shoemaker also comments that: “24 percent of people cannot make adequate antibody responses, and they’re the ones that comprise over 95 percent of people who have an illness from water-damaged buildings.”
Hence, we will now explain the role of DNA and its impact on the susceptibility to mold illness.
As stated by Dr. Shoemaker as well, around 24 percent of the population is genetically susceptible to mold toxicity, as they have an immune response gene (HLA-DR).
Therefore, people with these genes have an increased risk of mold illness. This subgroup includes 95% of mold illness.
If you suspect that you are exposed to mold and experience some symptoms, you should do the following:
– Begin learning more about mold illness, like reading Dr. Shoemaker’s great book “Surviving Mold” as well as his website.
– Test mold presence in your home. You can use the great ERMI test and call an environmental professional to do a visual inspection of your house and sample few rooms. You can as well do this ERMI testing on your own which will cost you a bit less (about $325). However, it will help you only if it’s positive, and then you should again call an environmental professional, which is why the best way is to avoid this self-testing.
– Find a clinical trained in Dr. Shoemaker’s Protocol here. You can take into consideration genetic mold susceptibility test done by Labcorp, panel # 167120.