Having a mold in your household is something that no one wants, and not only because it does not look nice, but as well as it can trigger many health issues.
It grows really fast, especially in areas in the bathroom, in the corners of the house, in leaking walls, drywall and so on.
It appears in places that you do not even expect like the Christmas trees which being affected by this issue releases millions of spores into the room and thus leading to winter allergies and asthma attacks. In fact, researchers have proven that the indoor air quality drops six-fold as a result of the Christmas tree decoration.
There are 1,000 types of mold, and experts have classified them into several groups based on the effects they have on people and other living things.
Here are the 3 mold types:
- Allergenic Molds
These types of mold are the least dangerous ones; however the younger population is easily being affected by them. Their influence can aggravate the symptoms of asthma and trigger issues in people who are prone to allergies at a specific mold.
- Pathogenic Molds
These molds can cause infections and if the person being affected by them is with a weak immunity they can be very dangerous. Once exposed to pathogenic molds one may develop an acute response similar to bacterial pneumonia.
- Toxigenic Molds
Toxigenic molds are the most harmful as they produce mycotoxins accountable for the occurrence of severe health issues, such as cancer and immune suppression. Moreover, these toxic chemicals are immediately absorbed once they are touched, inhaled, or ingested.
5 Most Common Indoor Molds
According to the classification of Dr. Mercola, these are the most common indoor molds:
- Aspergillus mold produces mycotoxins and leads to lung infections. It is present in house dust, and as well as in warm and highly damp climates.
- Alternaria mold can be found in the upper respiratory tract, nose, and mouth, and triggers allergic responses.
- Cladosporium is an outdoor fungus growing on textiles, wood, and on other damp, porous materials. This mold type results in fever and asthma-like symptoms.
- Penicillium is commonly present on the carpet, decaying fabrics, wallpapers, and fiberglass duct insulation. It can cause allergies and asthma. Moreover, certain species such as the antibiotic penicillin can produce mycotoxins.
- Stachybotrys or otherwise recognized as “black mold” is highly toxic. It produces mycotoxins triggering numerous health issues like severe breathing difficulties and bleeding of the lungs. It can be found on wood and paper, but not on linoleum, tiles, or concrete.
Mold exposure can cause mold illness which is a set of various health issues. This illness is accompanied by many symptoms like asthma, sinus issues, joint pain, muscle cramps, vision issues, etc.
“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. “
On, the other hand, mold toxicity is a Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) which is another severe health condition. Regarding CIRS Ritchie Shoemaker, MD, author of Surviving Mold: Life in the Era of Dangerous Buildings, states the following:
“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…”
11 Most Commons Symptoms of Mold Illness:
- Sinus Issues like shortness of breath and coughs
- Eye Issues like light sensitivity or red eyes
- Tremors and Vertigo
- Temperature Regulation or Night Sweats
- Fatigue and Weakness
- Excessive Thirst and Increased Urination
- Difficulty Focusing, Headaches, Brain Fog, and Memory Issues
- Numbness and Tingling Sensation
- Sudden Muscle Cramps and Pain
- Joint Pain
- Constant Nerve Pain
- Digestive Issues like stomach pain, appetite loss, nausea, and diarrhea
In the video below there is additional information on mold and its harmful effects, but also ways how to fight back: