Mold spores are found all throughout nature. It’s estimated that there are nearly 300,000 different types of mold living free and in the wild. Mold is technically a type of fungus. While it has roots like a plant, it does not draw its energy from the sun. At the same time, it lacks an animal’s ability to seek out new food sources in its environment.
Moisture and things like water damage in your home can create the perfect environment for wild mold spores to establish a pervasive presence. In ideal moist and warm conditions black toxic mold has the potential to establish itself in a little more than 24-hours!
Once this happens fugitive mold spores start to increase in the air inside the home. If the mold problem goes unidentified, ignored, or simply isn’t professionally remediated in short order, the mold spore density in the home will continue to increase. Over time this can increase the chances of you and your loved ones developing problems like Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome or Toxic Mold Syndrome.
Symptoms Of Toxic Mold Syndrome
Genetics, age, general health, and other factors can all influence how long it takes for an individual to develop symptoms of toxic mold syndrome. It’s also worth noting that a small percentage of people are genetically susceptible to having a strong reaction to the presence of indoor mold spores.
In other cases, toxic mold syndrome can go undiagnosed or inaccurately treated. Some individuals simply don’t recognize the link between the presence of mold spores in their home and the symptoms they are experiencing. This can make it difficult for a doctor to accurately diagnose and effectively treat toxic mold syndrome.
There are several different symptoms associated with the presence of toxic mold in your indoor environment. People suffering from toxic mold syndrome may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Chronic Dry Cough
- Increasing Allergy Problems
- Worsening Asthma Problems
- Skin Health Conditions
- Sensitivity To Odors And Airborne Chemicals
- Frequent Body Aches And Muscle Cramps
- Persistent Headaches
- General Disorientation
- Loss of Mental Focus
Chronic Fatigue despite adequate sleep and nutrition. Some sufferers complain that it’s difficult to even get out of bed in the morning. Others may sleep as much as 10 to 12 hours a day.
Chronic Dry Cough is often a sign of respiratory irritation. This might also occur along with trouble breathing, shortness of breath, and the inability to exercise. Some sufferers notice that a cough subsides when they travel for work or vacation, only to have it redevelop once they return home.
Increasing Allergy Problems can sometimes occur in individuals living in a mold infested area. This might be associated with systemic inflammation, and histamine reactions caused by toxic mold, which further makes the immune system increasingly sensitive.
Worsening Asthma Problems can occur in some individuals who are in an indoor environment with a high concentration of toxic mold spores. This is often due to lung irritation and inflammation making it more likely to trigger an asthma attack.
Skin Health Conditions like eczema and psoriasis also tend to occur more frequently in individuals living with the presence of toxic mold spores. In many of these cases, the individual’s skin also starts to become increasingly sensitive to chemicals.
Sensitivity To Odors And Airborne Chemicals can also occur in individuals suffering from toxic mold syndrome due to the body becoming more sensitive as it tries to fight the presence of toxic mold in the system
Frequent Body Aches And Muscle Cramps can also occur as a result of chronic inflammation related to prolonged exposure to airborne mold spores
Persistent Headaches caused by chronic inflammation and irritated sinus passage.
General Disorientation can occur as the body’s systems become unbalanced and it starts to affect mental clarity.
Loss of Mental Focus is also one of the more salient symptoms that drive many sufferers to pursue diagnosis and treatment. This could manifest as trouble choosing the right word. The inability to concentrate, memory issues, and even emotional instability.
Seeking Treatment and Remediation
If you suspect that you or another family member is suffering from toxic mold syndrome, it’s important to seek out a professional diagnosis as well as professional remediation services. In many cases, removing the affected individual from the mold-infested environment will gradually allow symptoms to ease.
How long this takes can vary from one individual to the next. The amount of time spent in the affected environment can also be a factor. Symptoms associated with chronic inflammation typically take longer to full abate, simply because it takes the body a long time to effectively clear the system and return to normal.
However, it’s also worth noting that there is a small percentage of individuals who will still experience symptoms long after being removed from the affected environment. This is often associated with a genetic predisposition. It can also be a factor if the individual has another medical condition that is suppressing or weakening their immune system. People with chronic system inflammation from other conditions may also need medical intervention before symptoms associated with toxic mold symptoms can start to decrease.
However, if the toxic mold presence in the home is not fully eliminated, or it redevelops the person suffering from toxic mold syndrome will likely experience recurring symptoms. Attempting to remove mold from your home yourself can be costly as well as ineffective. This is due to several factors such as:
The ineffectiveness of household cleaning agents. Most of the cleaning products sold in stores simply aren’t potent enough to fully eliminate mold on porous surfaces. Even bleach lacks the ability to fully kill mold’s microscopic roots.
Carpeting and other soft surfaces can hold onto mold spores. Trying to pull them up yourself can eject yet more mold spores into the air. Even after the carpet has been replaced, at a likely great expense mold spores may still live on the floor or other places in the indoor environment.
Unseen spaces can harbor mold spores and areas of infestation that you may not be aware of. The back side of drywall near a wet wall, poorly ventilated areas in the attic or a basement crawl space can hold onto spores, causing the problem to redevelop weeks or even months later.
Professional remediation is the most effective strategy for eliminating the presence of mold from your home, as well as ensuring that the problem does not redevelop. A professional mold remediator has the experience, tools, and training to find and fully eliminate mold from your home. They can also perform periodic tests and inspections to make sure mold does not redevelop in the future.