Toxic Mold Signs and Symptoms of Mold Exposure
- Red, itchy, and watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Persistent coughing
- Frequent chest cold
- Difficulty breathing
- Sinus inflammation
- Fatigue and lethargy
In cases of long-term toxic mold exposure, this may lead to more serious symptoms such as:4
- Poor memory and confusion
- Sensitivity to light
- Tingling and numbness in your hands and feet
- Appetite swings and weight gain
- Increased thirst
- Hair loss
- Metallic taste in your mouth
- Abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea
- Muscle cramps
- Joint pain
- Difficulty concentrating
What Are the Long-Term Effects of Mold Exposure?
Some of the diseases related to long-term mold exposure are:5
- Balkan nephropathy
- Reye’s syndrome
- Kashin-Beck disease
- Respiratory infections
- Hepatocellular carcinoma
Is There a Treatment for Mold Exposure?
If you know you’ve been exposed to mold, I recommend the following steps:
- Remove yourself from the environment where there is contamination.
- Avoid being near porous items from the exposed area.
- Clothes, paper, wood, etc.
- Use binders to bind internal mycotoxins in your body.
- Test and be treated for candida overgrowth.
- Common signs of this include yeast infections, oral thrush, and digestive issues.6
- Get treated for colonizations of molds/fungi and bacterial infections in your body.
- The most affected areas are sinuses, bladder, gut, lungs, and vagina.
- Enhance your detoxification.
- Infrared saunas.
- IV immunoglobulin therapy (IVIg).
- Invest in a high-quality air filter for your home and office.
- Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT).
- Take antifungal medications and herbs.
- Avoid common foods that contain mycotoxins.
How Does Mold Grow?
- Ceiling tiles
- Wet cellulose products (such as paper, wood, and fiberboard)
- Internal organ damage
- Death, in some instances
How Should You Clean Mold?
Sometimes cleaning mold yourself makes sense, and sometimes it’s highly discouraged.
First, let’s look at some cases when cleaning mold yourself would be appropriate:10
- Only a small area is affected.
- The mold is growing on areas that are easy to clean — like glass or tile.
- There is growth on hard to clean areas, like carpet, that can be removed and replaced.
Call in an expert to clean the mold growth if:
- An area 3 feet by 3 feet or larger is affected.
- A flood occurred that may have been contaminated with sewage.
- There is mold in your HVAC system.
- The mold has grown on wood that cannot be removed.
- You are already experiencing symptoms of mold exposure.
- You have a medical condition, such as asthma, that will be worsened around the mold.
- There is a smell of mold but you cannot find it.
- You aren’t in possession of the correct tools.
- You have any concerns or doubts on how to remove the mold correctly.
- Undiluted white vinegar.
- Try BioBalance for Natural, Citrus-Based Mold Remedies
Steps You Can Take to Prevent Mold Growth
- Control the moisture by investing in a dehumidifier and keep humidity levels under 60%.
- Dry wet spots quickly.
- Keep areas prone to mold growth cleaned, disinfected, and dry.
- Drain and unclog HVAC units regularly.
- Fix leaks immediately.
- Improve air flow by opening doors and moving furniture away from walls.
- Keep your basement ventilated.
- Leave your bathroom fan on for 30 minutes after showering.
- Dry your bathtub or shower with a squeegee.
- Clean shower curtains, towels, rugs, and loofahs regularly.
- Open a window or turn on a fan while cooking.
- Use MicroBalance Laundry additive for each load of laundry.
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