Here are 12 conditions caused by mold exposure. There are actually more but for today we will talk about some common reactions and some more serious reactions. Do you have any of these conditions?
- Allergies: Some folks realize that allergies can be triggered and made worse by mold exposure. This includes mold allergies. Zyrtec acknowledges that mold triggers allergies. Allergies can be a nuisance. Allergies will tell you how to minimize allergens like dirt mites in your home. They tell you to run allergy air purifiers in your bedroom. However, you really need to run them in your whole house. Cover the square footage and clean all the triggers of mold, pollen and more.
- Breathing Problems: Emphysema can be caused by mold. Doctors give medicine to those that have emphysema but the do not go into the environmental factors of what causes the condition. Airway restrictive disease can be caused by mold and exposure to cigarette smoke. Multiple chemical sensitivity is a condition where you cannot breathe due to strong odors and can be caused by mold exposure.
- Asthma : While asthma is a breathing condition, it deserves special attention. 75% of all U.S. households have at least one asthmatic in their homes. That is a scary statistic. What environmental factors are at the root. While allergies and asthma seem to go together, mold makes both conditions worse. Mold is known to cause asthma. There are children with very serious life threatening asthma conditions. These children need clean air. Clean the air by placing allergy air purifiers throughout the house. A basement dehumidifier must be running in the basement. Mold grow in basements.
- Cognitive Impairment: This category actually covers a multitude of impairment. Memory problems; hard times finishing sentences, concentration problems, studying problems, and just a hard time thinking in general. Since Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker believes that 25% of the population have a biotoxic reaction to mold, how many children have trouble in school? This may lead to an improper diagnosis of Attention deficit syndrome with the root cause being ignored. Moldy schools can make it worse. If your child is feeling bad at school, go to a mold doctor so that can be ruled out as a cause.
- Chronic Fatigue: You feel lousy every morning. After sleeping, there is no rejuvenating affect that you slept. Tired all the time. This is a common symptom of a biotoxic reaction to mold. Some folks rely on caffeine to get going but it really does not help. Nothing seems to help.
- Fibromyalgia: Your whole body is full of pain. Your arms, shoulders, neck, legs, and just about everywhere hurts and you do not get a day off. Sounds lousy because it is. Seeing a rheumatologist will bring this diagnosis; yet no meds help.
- Headaches: The headaches can be constant especially if your house has mold. Some folks have migraine like symptoms and will be treated by a neurologist to try to stop the headaches. These headaches can be very severe.
- Sensitivity to Light: This can occur especially outside requiring Polaroid lenses.
- Abdominal Pain: This is often labeled as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Usually has diarrhea and can be secretory: leaks out. How embarrassing.
- Excessive Thirst: Usually accompanied by frequent trips to the bathroom.
- Vertigo: There are known cases where it gets quite excessive. How Black Mold Destroyed This Family’s Health & Home
- Death: Excessive black mold caused this man’s death. The irony is where the man worked. Nevada Heath Inspector Dies of Mold Exposure: His Story
Mold allergies get worse when surrounded by constant mold in the home. Most of the conditions above are associated with a biotoxic reaction to mold. This is where there is no immune response to mold toxins. Dr. Shoemaker refers to the mold toxins as biotoxins; however, for simplicity it will be referred to as mold toxins. According to Dr Shoemaker in his book “Mold Warriors”: ”The genes responsible for the steps involved in antibody formation known collectively as HLA DR are found on chromosome 6 and are associated with failure to clear the illness following exposure”. Essentially this condition means no antibodies are formed to kill the mold toxins and they spread through the body affect every system in the body. These toxins can even clear the blood brain barrier. It is my belief that the susceptibility to disease is affected as there is tremendous stress on the body because of the toxins. Hence if there is a genetic possibility of developing diabetes, the person will due to the affects and constant attack of these mold toxins. It is also my personal story. The endocrinologist treating my 3 diabetic pregnancies emphasized that if a stress-or occurred, I would become a diabetic and did. In closing, mold exposure is something to be taken seriously. It affects everyone in the family, and it is certainly not healthy to have mold and other biological contaminants in the air. Advice; Use allergy air purifiers to clean the air and the follow the step outlined here: 4 Steps To Kill Mold
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