I had no idea what kind of affects mold can have on a person. I was recently given some information from doctors who specialize in immune systems and diseases that I thought I should share.
Not all people react to mold the same way and not all molds have the same effects but if you have unexplained symptoms it may be something you want to look into. Many doctors don’t think of checking for molds when attempting to diagnose symptoms that they can’t find an immediate answer to. Be proactive in getting tested
Types of Toxic Mold Symptoms
Toxic mold causes serious symptoms and health problems such as mental impairment, breathing problems, damage to internal organs and sometimes even death. The main groups of symptoms toxic mold causes are:
Mental and Neurological Symptoms From Toxic Mold
The toxic mold are neurotoxic. This means they can kill neurons in the brain and impair a person’s mental ability. They also cause nervous disorders such as tremors and can cause personality changes such as mood swings and irritability.
- Brain fog
- Shortened attention span
- Difficulty concentrating and paying attention
- Slowed reflexes
- Memory loss and memory problems
- Impaired learning ability
- Aggression and other personality changes
Respiratory Symptoms From Toxic Mold
People living in homes with toxic mold are exposed mainly through breathing in toxic mold spores and mycotoxins. Toxic mold mycotoxins create irritation and a burning feeling in a person’s air passages such as the nasal cavity, mouth and throat.
The mycotoxins can even become lodged in the mucus membranes, sinuses and the lungs which then causes a burning feeling, breathing problems and bleeding in the lungs.
- Difficulty breathing – breathlessness or shortness of breath
- Pulmonary edema – swelling of the lungs
- Pulmonary hemorrhage – bleeding in the lungs
- Sore throat
- Burning sensation of the mouth
- Bleeding gums
- Runny nose
- Itchy nose
- Stuffy, blocked nose
- Nose bleeds
Toxic mold mycotoxins can be breathed in, ingested, or absorbed through a person’s skin or eyes. Eventually the mycotoxins then find their way into the person’s blood. This leads to heart damage, problems with blood clotting and internal or external hemorrhaging.
- Irregular heartbeat
- Heart inflammation
- Damage to heart
- Low blood pressure
- Bone marrow disruption
- Bleeding tendency
- Blood not clotting properly
- Hemorrhage – internal bleeding
- Vomiting up blood
- Bleeding in the brain and in other organs
Vision and Eye Symptoms From Toxic Mold
Toxic mold mycotoxins that are in the air can enter a person’s eyes. The mycotoxins are cytotoxic (toxic to cells) and when they come into contact with eye cells they cause inflamed and injured eyes and create vision problems.
- Eye inflammation and soreness
- Red or bloodshot eyes
- Eye damage
- Blurry vision and vision worsening
- Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes)
Skin Symptoms From Toxic Mold
Through the skin is one of the three main ways that toxic mold mycotoxins enter the human body. There have been cases in the past where people have handled hay contaminated with toxic black mold and developed severe rashes and skin problems on their body where they touched the hay, as well as on sweaty areas like the armpits.
- Crawling skin
- Dermatitis – skin inflammation, rash, blisters, itchiness
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)
Immune System Symptoms From Toxic Mold
Toxic mold puts out chemicals which suppress the immune system. In fact many immunosuppressive drugs are actually created from toxic molds. A person who is immunocompromised from being around toxic mold will more easily get infections and sicknesses.
- Immunosuppression – immune system not functioning properly
- Infections reoccurring
Reproductive System Symptoms From Toxic Mold
Mycotoxins from toxic mold are teratogenic. This means they can cause problems in the fetus during pregnancy which then leads to birth defects. Toxic mold mycotoxins are also cytoxotic and mutagenic (cause cell mutations) and inhibit protein synthesis including DNA and RNA.
- Fetal development problems
Tiredness and Discomfort Symptoms From Toxic Mold
When a person is around toxic mold the immune system may release a sedative called Chloral Hydrate. This is used as a defense to try to slow down the effects of toxic mold. But this also makes a person tired and causes fatigue. Toxic mold can also cause soreness of the muscles and joints.
- Chronic fatigue
- Aches and pains
- Muscle pain
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain
- Joint pain
- Malaise – general discomfort
- Cold or flu type symptoms or recurring colds
Differing Toxic Mold Symptoms
Toxic mold affects different people in different ways. No two people will experience all the same symptoms in exactly the same way.
Are Toxic Mold Symptoms Permanent?
If an individual is no longer exposed to toxic mold most of their symptoms could eventually decrease over time. Some damage caused by toxic mold could be permanent. For example, after a person has lived with toxic mold their immune system won’t be as strong as it used to be and they’ll be more sensitive to mold and mycotoxins in the future.