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  • Writer's pictureDr. Kathleen Jones

Is Mold Making You Sick?

Over the years I have had many people with various strange symptoms end up having issues with mold in their homes. How do you know if it is affecting your health? How do you know if you have it in your home?


We have all seen what mold looks like when we have to deal with spoiled food. It can be different colors and usually looks fuzzy or like a stain. There are over 100,000 species of molds and many can be toxic


Mold can grow in as little as 24-48 hours and grows quickly with moisture. Over 50% of homes in the US have mold issues related to water damage. With no air movement, environmental toxins and materials that are aging, it is easy for mold to become a problem.


Common areas to inspect regularly inspect for mold are:


Attics, basements and crawl spaces

Washing machines, grout, under sinks and toilets

Door and window frames

In carpets


Some people are more effected by mold because they have weakened immune systems, genetics that predispose them to it and it depends on how long and how much the exposure is.


Some effects of mold on your health are:


Headaches, migraines, skin rashes, breathing issues

Kidney and liver damage

Inflammation, GI disease, cancers

Birth defects

Autoimmune diseases

Lung disease

Asthma

Allergy Symptoms

Never ending colds

Chronic fatigue

Hives, eczema

Brain fog

Neurological issues

Infertility

Hormone issues


Molds are microscopic fungi whose spores float through the air. They can be outdoors and in buildings. They usually give off a musty smell.


How to prevent mold in your home


Air out damp and humid areas

Fix leaks right away

Clean your washing machine

Use a dehumidifier

Use HEPA filters in air purifiers ( put one in each bedroom and main living areas)


How to test for mold in you and in your home


There are test kits available in most home improvement stores. You test spots in your home that you suspect might have mold and the air from the vents in your home and they will send you back a full report. They will tell you what species and what needs to be done. You may be able to take care of it yourself or you may need to bring in a mold mediation company.


You can get yourself tested by blood, urine or EDs. You will need to do a mycotoxin test.


The best way to avoid issues with mold is to be proactive and keep checking for it, keep areas dry and respond right away if you see it.










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