Mould Effects on Health: Toxic mould is one unidentified root cause that can cause hormonal imbalances, neurological disorders, chemical imbalances, chronic gastrointestinal problems and a variety of autoimmune diseases. So in this blog, we will go more in depth about toxic mould and its effects on health.
Understanding Mould: A Silent Invader
Mould is found in roughly 70% of homes. In addition, approximately 28% of people are genetically prone to toxic mould-related health issues.
Types and Characteristics of Mould
There are more than 100,000 types of mould that are found both indoors and outdoors but there are 37 more common types. The three most common indoor moulds are Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Cladosporium.
Mould can come in a variety of colours. It can be brown, purple, orange, pink, yellow, red, white, or a variety of colours, though most mould growth is black, grey, or greenish.
Contrary to popular perception, the colour of the mould has no bearing on its toxicity. Black mould has been known as ‘toxic mold’ but just because mold is black in colour does not always mean the mold produces mycotoxins and some moulds that aren’t the color black can produce mycotoxins and be just as toxic.
Conditions Favoring Mould Growth
Moulds are a typical occurrence in both commercial and residential structures. Thriving in damp environments where there is excessive moisture, such as around roof, window, or pipe leaks, or in flood-damaged areas. Mould takes about 24–48 hours to form after water damage and can grow on a variety of materials such as paper, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood, dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.
Mould spores can infiltrate your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and HVAC systems and can even stick to clothing, shoes, and pets, which can then be taken inside.
Many building materials include nutrients that actually foster the growth of mould. Wet cellulose materials, such as paper and paper goods, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood, and wood products, are especially favourable to mould formation.
Preventing Mould Growth
Mould growth can be avoided if humidity levels are kept below 50%. However, that means that the weather can play a massive role for certain countries to be more inclined to have a problem. Australia for instance is affected by humidity a lot and has frequent floods in certain regions so mould toxicity can be a massive problem here.
Health Risks: The Hidden Dangers of Toxic Mould
Mould is not just an unsightly presence; it’s a health hazard. It releases substances that can trigger allergies, cause irritation, and in some cases, produce poisonous compounds known as mycotoxins. About 1 in 4 people are sensitive to mould, experiencing allergic reactions when exposed to it. For individuals with asthma or other respiratory conditions, mould can exacerbate breathing difficulties.
The impact of mould goes beyond immediate health concerns. Even after leaving a mould-infested environment, individuals can continue to experience health issues as mould spores can linger in the body until properly treated. The economic burden of health conditions induced by mould is substantial, with allergic rhinitis caused by moisture and indoor mould costing approximately $3.7 billion annually.
Addressing mould-related health issues promptly is crucial, as neglecting them can lead to prolonged suffering and additional healthcare expenses.
Identifying Mould: Signs and Symptoms of Exposure
These are all possible side effects of toxic mould exposure but vary from person to person.
- Respiratory Difficulties
- Nasal Stuffiness
- Discoloured or Irritated Eyes
- A Sore Throat
- Skin Rashes
- Chemical Sensitivities
- White Spots on Skin
- Smells, Lights, Noises
- Memory Loss
How to Know if You Have Mould at Home
Large mould infestations may typically be seen or smelled because they have a musty odour, although they are not always visible because mould can dwell in wall cavities.
Most people presume you can just paint over it or put bleach on it and it will go away, but unfortunately, this isn’t true. If you have mold it means there is a moisture problem in general, so it will keep on growing in the air and once it’s been inhaled it can grow inside you.
Who is at Risk?
People with allergies, lung diseases, or weak immune systems are more likely to have health problems due to mould exposure.
Diagnosis and Treatment: Combatting Mould Effectively
How to Get Diagnosed for Mould Toxicity
If you suspect you’re dealing with mould toxicity, it’s crucial to get a proper diagnosis. You can do this by consulting with a qualified mould toxicity practitioner, like us, who can assess both you and your home. If you have concerns, don’t hesitate to request your free root cause analysis.
We specialize in identifying the underlying causes of your health issues. If mould is identified as a problem, we offer free advice on healing both your body and your home, guiding you through the necessary steps to reclaim your health and well-being.
Treatment Options and Preventative Measures
We are recognized, qualified mould toxicity practitioners, working in collaboration with San Air to provide comprehensive and holistic solutions to address mould toxicity, ensuring a thorough recovery and effective prevention strategy.
San Air’s Expertise:
San Air specializes in removing mould from homes, conducting detailed mould testing to ensure a safe and mould-free living environment. Their expertise complements our health programs, providing a complete solution for both your home and your body.
Comprehensive Health Programs:
Our Wholistic Health Reset program is specifically designed to treat extensive mould exposure in the body. This program, coupled with our other health solutions, ensures a thorough approach to addressing the impacts of mould exposure on your health.
Specialized Products and Wearable Technology:
We provide specialized sinus sprays and innovative wearable technology to protect you from further damage and enhance your overall well-being, offering a multifaceted approach to mould treatment and prevention.
Natural Essential Oil Blend:
We offer a unique essential oil blend, “Wholistic Mould Be Gone.” This essential oil blend serves as a natural and safe solution, combatting mould spores both in your living spaces and within your body. It acts to diminish the presence of toxic mould spores in the air, contributing to a healthier home environment and aids in alleviating the physical symptoms associated with mould exposure, offering a holistic approach to your well-being.
In-depth Assessment and Personalized Plans:
If you suspect exposure to toxic mould, contact us or take our free online root cause analysis health assessment. We focus on identifying the underlying causes of your health issues, offering extensive free information and personalized action plans if mould toxicity is the problem, and addressing both environmental and bodily concerns.
Reach Out for a Healthier Future:
Embark on your journey to health with our innovative solutions and expert advice on mould treatment and prevention. Get in touch to learn more about our holistic approach to mould remediation and to explore our range of products and programs designed to restore and maintain your well-being.
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Want more info on mold toxicity and mould effects on health? Check out our other blogs under the category Mould Toxicity Support or listen to our podcast episode What is Mold toxicity? Where our lead practitioner Magic Barclay talks more about her own experience of mould toxicity and goes into depth about all the symptoms and also ways to reduce mold exposure.