Symptoms of Mold Exposure
Exposure to mold can affect multiple systems in the body and show up in a variety of ways. In approximately 25% of the human population there is a genetic predisposition to react to mold with a chronic inflammatory response. This means that the people around you may or may not exhibit similar – or, any – symptoms, even though you share the same environment. People in your life, including your doctor, may wonder whether your symptoms are psychological in nature – if your illness is “all in your head”.
Understand that you may or may not see or smell the mold to which you are being exposed – in other words, mold may be present even if it is not visible to you and/or you do not recognize any odor! Obviously this makes mold toxicity very difficult to diagnose without proper testing.
Consider it possible that you may have been exposed to the mycotoxins of mold, if:
- your home, workplace or school has ever been flooded, has a history of plumbing leaks, or has a compromised roof.
- you have an odd assortment of symptoms (that often may come and go) which your doctor cannot explain.
- your symptoms began soon after moving your home, changing jobs / moving your office to a new building, or attending classes at a different school than your previous one.
Below is a list of some of the more common symptoms:
- Impaired thought processes, difficulty with word retrieval, memory loss, confusion, diminished concentration, disorientation, “brain fog”
- Vertigo, problems with balance, clumsiness
- Burning eyes, red eyes, tearing, blurred vision, sensitivity to light
- Flu-like symptoms with fever or chills
- Temperature dysregulation – feeling alternately too hot or too cold, night sweats
- Unusual muscle pain, cramps, burning, unusual shooting / ice pick-like pains
- Muscle weakness, joint pain and/or joint stiffness
- Mood swings, depression, unexplained irritability, aberrant violent behavior
- Fatigue, weariness, exhaustion
- Shortness of breath, cough, chest pain
- Chronic sinusitis, sore throat
- Metallic taste in mouth
- Excessive thirst and urination
- Abdominal pain, diarrhea
- Numbness, tingling, sensation of ‘creepy-crawlies’ on or under the skin
- Rashes, itching skin
- Excessive menstrual bleeding, miscarriages
- Increased number and duration-of infections
If you question whether you may be suffering from mold exposure or know that you are, I strongly urge you to seek appropriate treatment. Alternative health practitioners may be more aware of mold and environmental issues than Western medical practitioners, but do not assume this. As with any medical condition, it is best to be well educated and an informed consumer of health care.