Mold biotoxin illness is a general term for sickness caused by exposure to biotoxins often found in the mold. Mold is usually found in water damaged buildings in which warmth and humidity are present and biotoxins thrive, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be discovered anywhere.
What are biotoxins?
They are hazardous waste products of bacteria, fungi, virus, and blue-green algae, among others that are both toxic and biological. Biotoxins are also labeled biological hazards and are a significant threat to our health.
Mold biotoxin illness is just one type of biotoxin illness and is considered a subcategory of CIRS, also known as chronic inflammatory response syndrome. CIRS was first uncovered by Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, who has treated over 7,000 patients exposed to these biotoxins since 1998. Specifically, mold biotoxin illness is found in water-damaged buildings that contain fungi, bacteria, mycobacteria, and actinomycetes that when inhaled, cause serious health problems. There are numerous biotoxin illness symptoms to be aware of. Here are a few listed below:
- Shortness of breath
- Unusual pain
- Night sweating
- Memory issues
- Red eyes / blurred vision
Other serious diseases caused by mold biotoxin illness include fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, and chronic migraines. These symptoms are important to note since 24% of the population is genetically predisposed as intolerant of exposure to molds while carrying a gene called HLA – DR, or human leukocyte antigen. This means that these individuals have immune systems that are unable to dispel the toxins, remaining in a heightened state that eventually leads to CIRS. According to Dr. Shoemaker, mold biotoxin illness is not a simple allergy but a state of chronic inflammation. For the 24% of the population, when the illness is triggered, it can last for years. This is problematic since studies show that over 50% of homes and 85% of commercial buildings contain water damage and mold.
You can be tested for the HLA – DR gene if you have fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, or other chronic fatigue – related diseases. Biotoxins inhibit the body’s ability to heal from these diseases and reduce the hormonal balance. There are many different molds that may contain these biotoxins that you should be aware of. The most common types of mold found in homes include:
- Penicillium: This mold causes food spoilage and is typically called the blue or green mold. It is very common and often found on walls, floors, carpet mattresses, and other parts of damp buildings.
- Stachybotrys: Also labeled black mold, has a slimy texture with a distinctive smell. This mold usually grows on wood, cardboard, and paper.
- Alternaria: This mold is a fuzzy textured fungus that is dark green or brown in color, and is often found in window sills, bathtubs, and showers.
The biotoxins created from these molds cause the body to constantly fight back, further spreading the inflammation and development of chronic illness. Make sure to check for mold in and around your home. However, if you feel that you have already been exposed to mold, you should be tested by a physician. Receiving allergy testing specific to mold should generate more helpful information for mold biotoxin illness diagnosis.
How to diagnose mold biotoxin illness?
There are many ways to diagnose mold biotoxin illness. One way is the use of a Comprehensive Biotoxic Mold Illness panel, which monitors the chronic inflammatory response system when a person is exposed to mold. Once biotoxic exposure is revealed, a mycotoxin urine test can be conducted to determine whether mold is the cause or not.
The advantages of this test are that individuals do not need a doctor to take it. You still need to know how to interpret the results and understand VIP, or Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide hormones. Low levels are present in mold patients and are important for regulating the body’s inflammatory responses.
Now that you are aware of the dangers of mold biotoxin illness, make sure to test your home for mold. We at Mr. Mold value quality as a top priority and realize the importance of a safe and healthy living space. Our commitment to open communication and innovative solutions ensures we not only deliver on quality, but provide the necessary information to make the best choices.