Because of their less developed respiratory systems, as well as other factors, infants and children are at an even greater risk. Those with weakened immune systems and/or preexisting respiratory conditions such as asthma or bronchitis are also more likely to be more severely affected by sustained exposure to mold and other contaminants.  

The E.P.A. (Federal Environmental Protection Agency) recently reported that “Sick building Syndrome” affects more than 20 million Americans who work in buildings which are “breeding grounds” for contaminants ranging from mold and bacteria to volatile organic compounds (V.O.C’s). The estimated cost to businesses in employee absenteeism, additional medical expenses, lower productivity and lost earnings is 61 Billion dollars per year! Of course this does not take in to account individuals who live in apartments and homes which are breeding grounds for mold and other contaminants. Experts estimate that more than 150 million Americans are affected by the contaminants in their home.












Our experience has shown that many individuals whose health is adversely affected by mold have no idea that the cause of their health related issues stem from the contaminants within their home environment.

Below is a list of the most common symptoms which are associated with mold and fungal exposure (keep in mind, most people never fit all of this criteria). However many people with mycotoxicosis caused by mold exposure may experience any number of the following symptoms:

Among the ailments which researchers believe to be associated with exposure to common household mold and fungus are:

  1. Respiratory problems, such as wheezing, and difficulty in breathing

  2. Nasal and sinus congestion

  3. Eyes-burning, watery, reddened, blurry vision, light sensitivity

  4. Dry, hacking cough

  5. Nose and throat irritation 

  6. Shortness of breath

  7. Chronic fatigue

  8. Skin irritation

  9. Central nervous system problems (headaches, memory lapses, mood changes)

  10. Aches and pains

  11. Possible fever

  12. Diarrhea

  13. Immune suppression

  14. Chronic fatigue

  15. Intermittent face flushing

  16. Numbness in face and limbs

  17. Intermittent twitching

  18. Night sweats and hot flashes (especially around the head)

  19. Elevated blood pressure and triglycerides, heart palpitations

  20. Nose bleeds

  21. Bruising easily

  22. Rash/hives, bloody lesions all over the body 

  23. Reproductive system; infertility, changes in menstrual cycles

  24. Sudden weight change

  25. Increased risk of cancer

  26. Hair loss

  27. Joint pains; swelling


Editors Note; A common misconception among allergists who are unfamiliar with the effects of mold toxicity in humans, which is technically not their area of expertise unless they have trained specifically in environmental medicine with a background in immunology, is to do general allergen testing.  Most tests usually come back unequivocal ( a 2+ or less).  This induces some allergists or physicians to order allergy shots, regardless.  These shots are absolutely worthless to a person who has been heavily exposed to mycotoxins as they are already in a state of toxicity.  If anything, this could exacerbate the problem.  Because many doctors are not trained in this field, they may try to "guess" at a diagnosis.

Information contained in this web site is not intended as medical advice.  We always suggest that you seek the advice of a qualified health professional for medication, treatment options, and complete knowledge of any illness. The opinions expressed here are based on research conducted on the health related affects and hazards associated with mold and fungal exposure. The information here does not reflect professional advice and is not intended to supersede the advice of any health professionals.


MOLD FACTS

Molds are microscopic organisms found virtually everywhere. Mold spores can be microscopic are lightweight, and are easily detached by airflow. Mold spores can be easily dispersed throughout your home by vacuuming, walking on a carpet or sitting on your couch. Mold can multiply (colonize) and thrive in air-conditioning ducts, carpets, drapes, walls, insulation and even concrete. Mold colonies can be difficult to detect yet can produce and release millions of spores small enough to stay airborne and invade the human respiratory system. Children and infants may be more susceptible to the damaging health related affects of these contaminants.  

Mold growth can often be seen in the form of discoloration, ranging from white to orange and from green to brown and black. However not all mold growth may be visible as mold can colonize behind walls, within flooring and other building materials. Also, If you detect an odor of mold or mildew for a sustained period of time in your home, you can be certain that you have a problem which can potentially greatly affect your health and well being.

 

Types of Mold


Allergenic
Even in cases of slight contamination mold can cause allergenic or asthmatic symptoms such as wheezing or runny nose.

Mycotoxic molds can cause serious health effects in humans and animals. Health effects range from short-term irritation to immune suppression to cancer and even death. If any toxic molds are identified, it is suggested that you seek advice from a mold professional for guidance. The average homeowner should NOT attempt the abatement of these types of mold. 

Pathogenic molds can cause serious health effects in persons with suppressed immune systems, those taking chemotherapy, those with HIV/AIDS, or autoimmunity disorders. If any pathogenic molds are identified, it is suggested you seek the advice of a mold professional for guidance. The average homeowner should NOT attempt the abatement of these types of mold. 

 






 




What can mold do to you?

Exposure to mold is not healthy for anyone but the following individuals are at a higher risk for adverse health effects: infants, children, elderly, immune compromised patients, pregnant women, and individuals with existing respiratory conditions. When inhaled, even in small amounts, mold can cause a wide range of health problems including respiratory problems (wheezing), nasal and sinus congestion, watery and red eyes, nose and throat irritation, skin irritation, aches and pains, fevers, and in some cases even death.


Causes of Indoor mold Growth

High moisture is the major contributor to indoor microbiological activity (mold growth) . This is due to nutrients for spore germination and growth being readily available in most household constituents. These household constituents can be dirt, dust, wood, paper, adhesives, acoustical fiber, paint textiles, stored material, carpets, floors, and much more. 


Why Test for Mold?

Mold, the hitchhiker, is being aggressively spread throughout the world by humans’ traveling and living patterns. We have created millions of square feet of pristine living conditions for molds and we pick up mold spores and bring them home with us every day. All houses will harbor molds and some houses are friendlier to molds than others. All houses need to be monitored for mold growth as part of the maintenance procedures for the house. When any mold or mildew is present, more will come. Only through inspection and testing can it be determined if molds are present and if the subject property is showing signs of mold and mildew friendliness


 Inspecting for Mold

Allergies and sickness due to indoor air quality issues are increasing dramatically. More than 5% of all construction lumber manufactured each year in the United States is used to replace wood that has decayed in service. Allergies and sickness

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MOLD AND YOUR HEALTH; THE FACTS


WHAT RECENT RESEARCH HAS SHOWN

Research and studies have shown that the affects of sustained exposure to mold, especially toxic strains of mold, can have a devastating effect on our health and wellbeing.

Continuous or sustained exposure to mold can dramatically alter your health and can greatly affect our bodies’ physiological function and performance.

Recent studies have linked a variety of health related problems and symptoms to sustained exposure to mold. Unfortunately, millions are affected without even knowing it!

WHO’S AT RISK

One’s pre-existing health has no effect on the risks associated with sustained exposure to toxic mold. Simply put, anyone who is exposed to mold on a frequent or sustained basis, regardless of their health, will be subjected to an increased health risk. Here’s why…..

The sustained inhalation of toxic mold spores is likely to lead to the colonization (growth) of mold within the body. In cases in which mold reaches toxic levels within the body, mold colonization (growth) is often detected within the respiratory systems (ie. Lungs, bronchial tubes etc.).  


HEALTH RISKS & SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH MOLD EXPOSURE

Molds, specifically those of the toxic variety, produce what are known as mycotoxins.  Although unseen by the naked eye, these mycotoxins can be ingested into the body through the skin and through the bodies’ airways (nose, mouth, lungs). 

Once inside the body, mycotoxins from mold can reproduce (colonize) just as it can on wood, drywall or carpet in a damp or wet basement. Sustained exposure to toxic mold will eventually lead to a state of toxicity within the body. Like cancer cells, the toxic mold becomes a parasite living off “its host” and can wreak havoc on the bodies health and physiological functions. The affects on the bodies immune system and overall health, can be devastating.   

Recent studies have linked the toxic effects of mold and fungal exposure to a large number of health related ailments which until recently have never been associated with common everyday household contaminants (including various types of mold) found in carpets, furniture, drapery, building materials (drywall, wood etc.) and other household surface areas.

How do you come in contact with mold?

Mold spores are found in all homes and offices, and grow rapidly from excess humidity. The following are some sources of indoor moisture that may cause mold problems in a home or office: flooding, leaky roofs, humidifiers, damp basements or crawl spaces, constant plumbing leaks, house plants, steam from cooking, shower/bath steam and leaks, wet clothes, bathroom towels, pets, sweaty sneakers indoors, dirty HVAC systems, spilled liquids on carpeted surfaces and clothes dryers vented indoors. 

due to indoor air quality, damage to wood-frame buildings by mildew, mold, staining fungi, and decay fungi is entirely preventable. The first step in prevention is inspection and testing.

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