Mold is very common and represents a huge issue in every household, as it grows everywhere and leads to numerous health complications.
Mold often grows under the sink, in the basement, at the shower curtain, in the corners, in drywall, in leaking walls, etc.
One study found that even Christmas trees can breed mold, quietly releasing millions of spores into the room and causing winter allergies and asthma attacks. The study found that indoor air quality dropped six-fold over the 14 days a Christmas tree typically decorates a room. (Dr. Mercola)
Mold can be of 1,000 types, and experts classify them according to the effects they have on people and other living things, as follows:
– Allergenic Molds:
These molds are the least dangerous ones, and children are more prone to these allergies. They aggravate the asthma symptoms and lead to problems in people with a predisposed allergy to the specific mold.
– Pathogenic Molds:
Pathogenic molds will cause some infection. This is a big problem for those with a suppressed immune system. An acute response resembling bacterial pneumonia is commonly found with those exposed to these types of mold.
– Toxigenic Molds:
These molds produce mycotoxins which lead to severe health effects, like immunosuppression and cancer. The toxic chemicals in these mold types are absorbed as soon as they are inhaled, touched, or ingested.
According to Dr. Mercola, the Five Most Common Indoor Molds are:
– Aspergillus: This mold is an occupant of house dust, and is often found in warm, extremely damp climates. It produces mycotoxins and results in lung infections.
– Penicillium: It can often be found on the carpet, wallpapers, decaying fabrics, and fiberglass duct insulation, and leads to asthma and allergies. Some species, like the antibiotic penicillin, produce mycotoxins
– Cladosporium: This very common outdoor fungus can find its way indoors to grow on textiles, wood, and other damp, porous materials; triggers hay fever and asthma symptoms.
– Stachybotrys: Extremely toxic “black mold” that produces mycotoxins that can cause serious breathing difficulties and bleeding of the lungs, among other health problems. Thankfully, less common in homes than the other four, but not rare; found on wood or paper (cellulose products), but NOT on concrete, linoleum or tile.
– Alternaria: Commonly found in your nose, mouth, and upper respiratory tract; can cause allergic responses.
Mold illness is a set of various health issues which are caused by the exposure to mold.
“Although a mold allergy is the most common problem caused by exposure to mold, mold can cause illness without an allergic reaction. Mold can also cause infections or irritant and toxic reactions. Infections caused by mold can lead to a variety of problems from flu-like symptoms to skin infections and even pneumonia. “
Mold toxicity is considered a Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) and represents another serious health issue.
As explained by Ritchie Shoemaker, MD, author of Surviving Mold: Life in the Era of Dangerous Buildings, 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…”
These are the 11 most commons symptoms of mold illness:
– Brain Fog, Memory Problems, Trouble Focusing, Headaches
– Fatigue and Weakness
– Unexplained Muscle Cramping, Aches, and Pains or the Joints, – Persistent Nerve Pain
– Numbness and Tingling
– Eye Problems like Red Eyes or Light Sensitivity
– Asthma and Sinus Problems like Cough or Shortness of Breath
– Tremors and Vertigo
– Digestive Issues like Change in Appetite, Diarrhea, Nausea, Abdominal Pain
– Metallic Taste in the Mouth
– Temperature Regulation or Night Sweats
– Excessive Thirst and Increased Urination
The following video will give you additional tips on how to prevent the disastrous effects of mold exposure and fight back