In every household mold is a huge issue and 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.
Even Christmas trees can breed mold, giving off millions of spores into the room and leading to winter allergies and asthma attacks. After two weeks, the indoor air quality dropped six-fold due to the Christmas tree decoration.
Mold can be of 1,000 types,
and experts classify them according to the effects they have on people:
- Toxigenic Molds:
- Allergenic Molds:
- Pathogenic Molds:
5 most common indoor molds:
- 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.
- Stachybotrys: This is an extremely toxic “black mold” that produces mycotoxins which lead to various health issues, such as serious breathing difficulties and bleeding of the lungs. It is commonly found on paper and wood, and not on tiles, linoleum, or concrete.
- Alternaria: This mold type is often found in the mouth, nose, and upper respiratory tract, and results in allergic responses.
- 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 common outdoor fungus grows on wood, textiles, and other damp, porous materials, and causes asthma-like symptoms and fever.
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. According to Leading Authorities, Surviving Mold is a Dangerous Journey, 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…”
Most common symptoms of mold illness:
- Eye Problems like Red Eyes or Light Sensitivity
- Headaches, Brain Fog, Memory Problems, Trouble Focusing
- Tingling sensation and numbness
- Unexplained Muscle Cramps and pain, joint pain, Persistent Nerve Pain
- Asthma and Sinus issues such as coughs or Shortness of Breath
- Digestive Issues such as diarrhea, nausea, appetite loss, Abdominal Pain
- Vertigo and tremors
- Temperature Regulation or Night Sweats
- Weakness and fatigue
- Excessive Thirst and Increased Urination