Do I Have Mold Sickness?
Do I Have Mold Sickness?
Common Misdiagnoses of Mold
Mold sickness isn’t usually the first thing you or even doctors will think of when you start exhibiting symptoms. The symptoms of mold exposure can be very similar to other illnesses, so often it goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed at first. Let’s go over the effects of mold exposure and some common misdiagnoses.
Do you suffer from the following?
- Sinus infections
- Fatigue syndrome
Do you just feel “not right” all the time and the doctors can’t seem to figure out why? You could be suffering from mold exposure. This is no wonder, as mold exposure is one of the most misdiagnosed illnesses in this country. Your doctor may even say there’s no such thing, or that you don’t have it. However, if you’re still feeling sick and no one is telling you why, get a second opinion and keep researching.
Why Misdiagnoses are so Common
Because mold is an environmental issue, many doctors overlook the symptoms or downplay their connection to mold. That’s why you should see an Environmental Toxicologist who understands that there could be an environmental factor where you live and work that is causing your repeated illness.
It’s important to tell your doctor if you feel better after leaving your home or work. The fact is your illness is not a part of you – you’re a part of IT! The average family physician does not have the training in environmental sciences to properly diagnose mold as the root of your problem.
Typical Mold Exposure Misdiagnoses
There are many illnesses that can mimic mold exposure symptoms.
- Fibromyalgia: No one really knows the cause of fibromyalgia. Some say it is due to a disorder involving sensitivity to pain and brain signals. Others think the causes stem from anything from sleep disturbances and injury to infection and changes in muscle metabolism. Bottom line is, the symptoms of Fibromyalgia are very similar to those of mold exposure.
- Asthma and Emphysema: These illnesses involve an inflammation or spastic closure of the airways. When the bronchioles collapse, air gets trapped and impairs your ability to exhale or inhale easily. Often times, those with no history of asthma and emphysema suddenly feel the effects of these illnesses when in fact they could be due to respiratory fungal infections from mold.
Effects of Mold Exposure
Everyone displays symptoms differently when it comes to mold exposure. In fact, exposure can occur through ingestion (eating certain contaminated foods), it can enter your sinuses and lungs through normal respiration or breathing in places where mold has proliferated, and even enter through smoking cigars and marijuana with mold contamination. Mold can also get into the body when you touch a surface contaminated with mold, then touch your eyes, mouth or nose.
Mold, in effect, creates allergic reactions within the human body. As you know, allergies can be deadly. But there are varying levels of health symptoms that you may experience. They may start off very mild and then progress from there over time.
Mild symptoms of short-term exposure include:
- Redness and skin irritation
- Watery, itchy eyes
Advanced symptoms include:
- Constant headaches
- Nose bleeds
- Constant fatigue
- Breathing disorders
- Coughing up blood
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Hair loss
- Open sores on skin
- Short-term memory loss
- Neurological and nervous disorders
- Sexual dysfunction
- Swollen glands
- Sudden asthma attacks
- Ear infections
- Chronic sinus infections
- Chronic bronchitis
- Joint and muscle pain
The late symptoms of mold exposure over a long period of time include:
- Brain damage
- Long-term memory loss
- Bleeding lungs
If you suspect you are exposed to mold and want some answers, call Stock Environmental Consulting right away at 732-383-5190.