👃Common Cold or 🦠Mold Poisoning?
Mold related illnesses are increasingly becoming more common. Recently E! News shared an article about Actress Tori Spelling’s children who had recurring illnesses. Originally thought to be germs from school but after months of rebounding illnesses and a trip to the ER, further testing discovered that their house had ‘extreme’ bad mold.
It’s important to note that the health effects of mold exposure can vary depending on individual sensitivity, duration of exposure, and the specific species and quantity of mold present. Some people may be more susceptible to mold-related health issues, such as those with respiratory conditions, allergies, or weakened immune systems.
The symptoms are very similar:
Common Cold: nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough, mild fatigue, and occasional low-grade fever. Symptoms typically develop gradually and resolve within a week or two.
While the common cold is a viral infection that typically resolves on its own within a short period, mold poisoning refers to the adverse health effects resulting from exposure to certain molds and their byproducts, requiring specific interventions to address the underlying mold issue and support the body’s recovery.
Mold Poisoning: respiratory issues (coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath), sinus congestion, sore throat, headaches, fatigue, joint pain, skin rashes, and cognitive difficulties. Severe cases of mold toxicity may cause more systemic effects and neurological symptoms.
If you suspect mold in your home may be the source of constant illnesses, there are a few options to consider:
- Visit a healthcare professional, homeopathic, or function medicine doctor that can order Mycotoxin testing to help narrow down the type of mold that could be causing reaction.
- Schedule a mold inspection with Bio Pro.
At this time, mold poisoning is not a recognized medical diagnosis. There is still ongoing debate and research about the extent and mechanisms of mold-related illness. If you suspect mold exposure and experience persistent or severe symptoms, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional familiar with environmental health and mold-related issues.
Exposure to mold can affect individuals differently, and some people may be more susceptible to the health effects of mold due to hypersensitivity or pre-existing conditions. Here are some types of individuals who may be more hypersensitive to mold exposure:
- Allergy sufferers: Individuals with allergies, such as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, may be more sensitive to mold spores. Mold allergens can trigger allergic reactions, including sneezing, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, and skin irritation.
- Asthma patients: People with asthma have inflamed and sensitive airways, making them more vulnerable to respiratory irritants, including mold spores. Exposure to mold can trigger or worsen asthma symptoms, such as wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and difficulty breathing.
- Immunocompromised individuals: Individuals with weakened immune systems, such as those with HIV/AIDS, undergoing chemotherapy, or organ transplant recipients, may have reduced ability to fight off infections. They are at higher risk of developing fungal infections and may experience more severe health effects from mold exposure.
- Chronic respiratory condition sufferers: People with chronic respiratory conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis, or cystic fibrosis, may have compromised lung function. Mold exposure can exacerbate their symptoms and lead to respiratory distress.
It’s important to note that even individuals without pre-existing conditions can experience health effects from prolonged or significant mold exposure. The severity of symptoms and individual sensitivity can vary, and some people may be more susceptible than others.
If you suspect mold growth in your environment or experience unexplained health symptoms, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional and schedule a mold inspection with Bio Pro.