Are you wondering if you or a family member is suffering from a toxic mold exposure? Toxic mold and its related contaminants can wreak havoc with our immune system. Women often have different symptoms than men. The myriad of health problems may surprise you!
Symptoms of Mold Exposure
It is often assumed that mold only causes respiratory problems. However, symptoms are far more wide-ranging and varied. Our family’s experience is proof of this. We experienced minimal respiratory symptoms but a myriad of others, including vertigo, autoimmune disease, liver problems, cognitive issues, and more. (See our Timeline of Events.)
In the paper Mixed Mold Mycotoxicosis: Immunological Changes in Humans Following Exposure in Water-Damaged Buildings, the authors conclude that exposure leads to:
Multiple health problems involving the CNS (Central Nervous System) and the immune system, in addition to pulmonary effects and allergies. Mold exposure also initiates inflammatory processes. The authors propose the term ‘mixed mold mycotoxicosis’ for the multisystem illness observed in these patients.
Dr. Jack Thrasher, Dr. Michael Gray, and the other five authors based their findings on the treatment of 209 patients with “multiorgan-system symptoms resulting from exposure to molds in their homes, schools, or workplaces.”
According to their findings, females had a greater frequency of the following symptoms:
It’s common for one family member to exhibit symptoms while another does not. If one person is away from the environment for most of the day, it’s not unusual for the individual who stays home to experience more symptoms. Survey all members of the household using this list, and take note of the less obvious symptoms like digestive problems, mood swings, and vision disturbances.
Learn more about mold testing, medical treatment, and other issues pertaining to toxic mold in the post A Beginner’s Guide to Toxic Mold.