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Mold Sensitivity & Toxicity

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Mold is a type of fungus that decomposes organic material, such as found in dust, dirt, wood, and paper. In order for mold to grow, it must have moisture, oxygen, a food source and moderate temperatures (between 40 and 100 degrees F). These needs can easily be met in most homes and buildings. Additionally, mold grows best in humidity levels above 60%. Ideal humidity levels in a home are 30-50%.

Mold spreads by releasing microscopic spores into the air or in water. When those spores land on a surface that is damp and contains a food source, it begins growing and building another colony. Mold is found in nature and is present both indoors and outdoors in great numbers.

Although it is almost impossible to keep mold spores out of your home, there are things you can do to decrease the number of those spores in your home. Using a dehumidifier is the best way to decrease the number of mold spores in your home. Use exhaust fans to vent steam in your kitchen and bathroom, and ensure your clot60Intehes dryer is vented to the outdoors. Roofs, windows, and plumbing pipes should be inspected for leaks and fixed. If any are found, they should be remedied quickly. Inspect areas under your sinks to ensure no dampness is found. If your HVAC system has been inactive during summer humidity, mold can grow in the dust in the ductwork.

Treatment of Mold Sensitivity
Mold Disorders

Symptoms

When a home or office space has an overgrowth of mold, it can cause a number of health problems. Those suffering with allergies, asthma, respiratory issues or have a weakened immune system seem to be at an increased risk of suffering with health problems associated with mold. The following symptoms have been associated with mold exposure:

  • Skin irritations- rashes, itchy skin and redness
  • Eye irritations- itchy eyes, watery eyes and red eyes
  • Respiratory Disturbances- coughing, wheezing, asthma attacks and difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Hay fever symptoms- sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Respiratory infections
  • Memory loss
  • Lethargy
  • Edema
  • Inflammation
  • Headache
  • Hoarseness
  • Sore throat

Causes

Numerous factors can enhance your risk of developing a mold sensitivity. If you have a family history of allergies or asthma, you may be at an increased risk of developing the symptoms listed above. Taking an antihistamine may help alleviate some of those symptoms associated with mold toxicity.

Working or living in a place with high humidity can increase the risk of developing mold toxicity. Poor ventilation and damp areas can increase the risk of mold in your home or workplace. Installing ventilation fans and using a dehumidifier can help slow down the growth of mold spores.

Occupations such as carpentry, farming and winemaking can increase your exposure to mold. You can help lower your risk by utilizing proper ventilation procedures, taking a shower as soon as you finish your work and immediately laundering clothing to remove mold spores.

Mold Illness
Mold Contamination

Eliminating the Mold Exposure

Treating mold toxicity begins with determining the location of exposure and removing mold infested areas from your environment. For example, if you have a leaky roof, insulation in the attic must be removed or dried. Any damp sheetrock should be removed and destroyed. Spray any mold with a solution of bleach will decimate the mold spores. Use adequate ventilation to ensure the humidity levels are below 60 percent.

Many sufferers find that a mold remediation company is needed. These companies work with the homeowner to eradicate mold in the attic, crawlspace and HVAC systems of the home. These companies will inspect roofs, plumbing, windows, doors and exterior walls for moisture problems and offer solutions.

Treatment Options

  • Eliminating the Mold Exposure – Treating mold allergies, toxicity, or CIRS begins with determining the location of exposure and removing mold infested areas from your environment. For example, if you have a leaky roof, insulation in the attic must be removed or dried. Any damp sheetrock should be removed and destroyed. Spray any mold with a solution of bleach to reduce the mold spores. Use adequate ventilation and ensure the humidity levels are below 60%. Sometimes a mold inspection company is needed. These companies will inspect roofs, plumbing, windows, doors, and exterior walls for moisture problems. They can work with a homeowner to determine if a special remediation project is needed eradicate sources of mold in the attic, crawlspace and HVAC systems of the home and offer solutions. It is wise to have an inspection by a company that does not do the remediation themselves to avoid unnecessarily expensive estimates of the work to be done
  • Detoxification – While the offending mold is being removed, you will want to start healing your body. Detoxification programs use a variety of herbs, supplements, and food choices to restore the body’s natural process of clearing toxic chemicals, whether artificial or biological, from the organs and tissues throughout the body. Detoxification has three steps:
    • Restoring the healthy function of the internal organs
    • Moving the offending agents from the tissues where the body has stored them
    • Transforming the toxins into a form whereby they can be eliminated from the body
  • Acupuncture – Acupuncture is an East Asian approach to healing the body that is now an accepted medical treatment throughout the world. Thin sterile needles that are placed at particular locations on the body or ear can correct one’s nerve and electrical response system and alleviate pain, increase energy and improve immunity. This treatment can be very helpful for those suffering from headaches, fatigue, digestive disturbances, hormone imbalances, and allergies among the many symptoms of mold toxicity.
  • Osteopathic Manual Therapy – Traditional osteopathic treatment is not just about loosening muscles and joints. The treatments also seek to restore the free flow of body liquids circulating in the blood, lymph, and spinal fluid. These fluids are where both healthy cells and chemicals move and where the toxic waste products and environmental toxins can get “stuck”. The osteopathic treatments can support moving toxins from the organs and tissue where they have been deposited.
  • Diet and Lifestyle Changes – Recovering from a more long-term health problem such as CIRS/Biotoxin illness typically requires changes in diet, lifestyle, and emotional stress management to support a more vigorous recovery. Such programs are to be planned in consultation with your integrative medicine practitioner.
Treatment for Mold Sensitivity
Treatment for Mold Disorders

Rose Wellness Center's Integrative Specialist

Our integrative practitioners at Rose Wellness Center are committed to helping you overcome mold-related illnesses and to begin living again. The caring and compassionate staff integrates the latest conventional and complementary medicine discoveries to help improve your health.

At your appointment, the integrative specialist will take the time to understand your unique health issues. All aspects of your medical history will be discussed including recommending both traditional and naturopathic-type laboratory tests. A more detailed physical exam to determine the benefit of acupuncture and/or osteopathic treatment is typically needed. Once the results are in, the physician will offer ways to overcome your health problems. These solutions may include lifestyle and dietary changes, supplementation, and integrative care solutions, such as a detoxification program, acupuncture, osteopathic care, and meditative practices.

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