Exposure to toxic mold can make people sick. That's what I found out after being exposed to high levels for almost a year.
I am a family practice physician and I have been in practice for over 15 years. In 2006 I was sick with many terrible symptoms for 11 months. I did not know why I was sick until I discovered I was being exposed to very high levels of stachybotrys, the more common toxic black mold and chaetomium, a less common toxic white mold. This was what caused all my symptoms over the span of a nine month exposure.
The symptoms of black mold poisoning are many and varied.
This is due to the fact that there are different types of toxic black mold.
And then each mold produces many different mycotoxins.
Then each individual responds differently to these mycotoxins due to their genetic makeup.
This makes it very difficult to know whether or not you are experiencing black mold symptoms.
Here are some suggestions to help you determine if your symptoms are due to toxic black mold.
1. If your symptoms cannot be explained by a known medical condition. Doctors don't know what is wrong with you,consider toxic-black-mold-syndrome.
2. If your symptoms change frequently, either from day to day, week to week or month to month, consider toxic mold exposure.
3. If your symptoms started after a flood in your home or workplace or a move to a new home or workplace.
4. If you can smell mold in your home or workplace.
5. If other people in your home or workplace are complaining of similar or new onset symptoms.
ere is a list of the most common symptoms:
muscle pain, cramps, burning, unusual shooting (ice pick-like) pains
fatigue, weakness, flu-like symptoms, fever, chills
shortness of breath, cough
abdominal pain, diarrhea
chronic sinusitis, sore throat
burning eyes, red eyes, sensitivity to light
difficulty with thought processes, memory loss, loss of concentration, confusion, disorientation, “brain fog”
dizziness, balance problems
metallic taste in mouth
numbness and tingling
temperature regulation problems
excessive thirst and urination
excessive menstrual bleeding
mylar flush (face flushing)
IgA nephropathy (kidney disease)
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