Mold can cause many adverse reactions and stomach pain is one of them. Although less common, exposure to mold can lead to serious damage to the intestinal tract. It is most likely to cause problems if ingested in spoiled food, but mold can also be inhaled. If you are wondering can black mold cause stomach problems, the answer is — yes.
Can mold cause diarrhea too? Again, the answer is definitely yes. Some symptoms include vomiting, cramping, nausea, intestinal bleeding, and internal bacterial infections to mention a few. Most of the time, individuals are exposed to mold in their own homes and may not realize it. By the time these symptoms appear, it is often too late.
Getting to the root of stomach problems caused by mold
As mentioned before, poor quality food can be the main culprit behind stomach pain. This exposure can come from anywhere but is most often found in the home. Other causes of gastrointestinal issues include food poisoning, food allergy, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, and celiac disease. These should be ruled out before a conclusion is made about mold being the primary cause, and the diagnosis should be conducted by your doctor.
A doctor will most likely take stool, blood, and urine tests, as well as a gastrointestinal x-ray, to identify the problem. As an extra precaution, your doctor may order an abdominal ultrasound, CT scan, endoscopy, or even a colonoscopy to identify the problem. In special cases, you may be referred to a gastroenterologist who specializes in digestive issues. During these visits, it’s important to provide as much detail as possible to your doctor.
Treating stomach pain caused by mold exposure
Treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms. After initial tests are conducted, treatment can consist of pain-relieving medication and medicinal management of vomiting and diarrhea. Sometimes intravenous medication and fluids are necessary to treat dehydration and lack of nutrients. Your doctor might prescribe antibiotics and yeast controlling medicine as well. If severe intestinal bleeding occurs, the doctor may even suggest a blood transfusion.
Prevention and restoration
Most importantly, further contact with mold should be eliminated. Repeated exposure will keep you from recovering and could reverse the progress made through medication.
All mold should be removed from the home. You can do this yourself or hire mold remediation professional. We recommend a mold remediation professional since they will not only identify the root of the mold problem in your home but will completely remove it for you. They typically provide free consultations, so you have the choice to conduct the removal process yourself.
Still, making sure to restore hygiene is critical. A mold professional may even recommend ways to do so. Whichever path you chose, getting rid of mold and taking hygiene restoration steps will keep it from coming back.
Fight back naturally
Long term exposure to mold can cause fungal infections in the intestinal lining, also called candidiasis. This condition is characterized by a general feeling of being “sick” and may cause brain fog and fuzzy thinking. It is caused by Candida albicans and can also be present in the blood.
It is triggered by an imbalance that causes an overgrowth of Candida albicans, leading to intestinal candida or yeast syndrome. Although not common, it can occur if proper steps are not taken to get rid of mold in the home.
There are natural solutions to fighting long term mold exposure that evolves into candidiasis. Some natural remedies include:
- Garlic – Known to contain anti-fungal properties, it is effective at fighting candidiasis
- Coconut oil – This remedy is high in lauric acid and is great against candidiasis
- Aloe vera – Known to inhibit candida growth and prevent infections
- Pomegranate – The plant compounds have been known to be effective against candidiasis
- Probiotics – Effective in reducing candida growth and infection protection
A weak immune system can make you particularly susceptible to these harmful conditions. If you are diligent in taking precautionary measures, you should be back to good health in no time. Give us a call with your success stories or questions about steps you should take to keep your family healthy.