One of the most difficult things about mold is that in most cases you can't see it, smell it, or even know it's there oftentimes until it's too late.
Mold illness symptoms can range from subtle and rarely felt to a full-blown, debilitating, always morphing disease that can literally suck the life out of a person and cause inflammation throughout their entire body.
Perhaps the hardest part about mold exposure and the toxic mold illness symptoms that can result is the fact that many people are powerless to avoid it.
Children may grow up in moldy, toxic older homes, oblivious to the fact that they're exposing themselves to one of the biggest chronic health dangers.
Others expose themselves to mold at work or even while doing work around the house, including in bathrooms, attics, industrial jobs or many more mold-heavy environments.
The symptoms of mold exposure can remain silent for a long time without revealing themselves, and the actual symptoms people may experience is seemingly endless.
Many people live with toxic mold spores in their bodies for several years without having any clue as to the health damage they may be causing.
Mold, which can be found virtually anywhere moisture is present (it's not just relegated to dusty old apartments!), reproduces quickly through spores, similar to mushrooms but in a harmful way rather than a health-boosting way.
Whenever these mold spores are able to disperse throughout the environment and onto a moist substance, they began to proliferate.
This can be bad news for people who leave the problem unchecked!
Mold is a fact of life for millions of people, but the good news is that it can be detoxified from the body once it enters, especially with the right detox supplements.
Before you do consider a detox, the first step is to know the symptoms of toxic mold illness, which are not always as obvious as they may seem at first glance, especially since these mold spores are so tiny and can hide in small crevices within the body (and your home) for months and even years on end.
Top Six Symptoms of Toxic Mold Illness
#1 – Coughing and Wheezing
It's not only smokers who suffer from long-running episodes of coughing or wheezing – people with water damage and the resulting black mold may suffer from this problem as well. (1)
Oftentimes these mold illness symptoms don't manifest themselves until after it becomes a cumulative problem.
Of course, that is just one reason to call on the professionals to have your home checked for toxic mold and water damage before it's too late.
If you do experience long-term coughing and wheezing, that's a can't-miss first sign that your home could be contaminated.
Be sure to take executive action by removing inflammatory foods from your diet, foods that may be contributing extra to your overall mold exposure, and to get your hands on the right detoxification supplements for getting the mold out of your body.
Mold can hide anywhere from inside your shower, to filters, vents, air ducts, bathroom tiling, mattresses, carpets, and many other sources. While cleaning, make sure you allow for proper ventilation and dispose of all contaminated items in a proper manner.
Supporting the body's natural drainage, your lymphatic system, should take on a special significance in this situation. Throwing in some detoxifying herbs that help cleanse the body at the cellular level, as well as boost the immune system to make sure that the bad stuff is being targeted, cleansed and removed, is the best way to go if you can't remove yourself from a moldy environment immediately.
Let's examine a few more of the biggest red flags of toxic mold exposure to be aware of in the future.
#2 – Sore or Itchy Throat
Sore throat is often thought of as a viral issue, but it also can be a mold illness symptom. (2)
A lot of people don't realize it, but mold spores can become airborne, which can cause inflammation within a person's throat and lead to feelings of itchiness or scratchiness.
Mold can cause overall weakness, chronic low-grade inflammation, fever, and many other symptoms oftentimes associated with the flu or other viral infections within the body.
If you have a mold allergy that has gone undiagnosed over the years, you could even have more serious symptoms or reactions!
Mold is often found in food as well, which is why it's also important to avoid food sources of mold including store bought breads, canned, packaged and processed foods (especially non-organic), processed meats, alcoholic drinks, condiments (especially of the non-organic variety) and more.
Fresh, whole organic fruits and vegetables, superfoods and herbs are your best bet for avoiding mold in your diet, which you definitely need to do if you already expose yourself to it in your daily environment.
#3 – Serious Skin Irritation
It may not be the most common mold illness symptom but some pretty serious skin irritation episodes have been reported due to mold exposure! (3)
Dry, scaly skin and rashes covering entire areas of the body can happen, which is why doctors often recommend a skin test or mold allergy tests.
Alternatively and for prevention's sake, you can make sure to include plenty of healthy, detoxifying herbs and foods in your daily diet.
#4 – Nasal Stuffiness
Oftentimes people will live in mold damaged homes for years without even realizing the extent of the health problems it can cause over time! (4)
Mold spores are capable of lodging themselves inside the nose as well, causing a chronic runny or stuffy nose, an ongoing nasal drip, watery eyes and other similar symptoms.
If you have mold in your house and keep exposing yourself, the problem won't get any better without taking action.
#5 – Fever or Shortness of Breath
In addition to nasal stuffiness, symptoms similar to hay fever may result from long-term or close exposure to mold spores. (5)
Difficulty breathing can also arise as a symptom from toxic mold exposure...As you may have realized by now, exposing yourself to this toxic, silent destroyer of health is no joke!
Everyone responds to mold exposure differently, which is why it is so important to prioritize your overall health through superfoods, herbs, relaxation, pure spring water and other holistic methods. This will lessen your chance of being too negatively affected by environmental factors including mold.
But you have to make it a lifestyle.
#6 – Asthma-Like Symptoms
Asthma is a complex disease, but its symptoms can become worse or even caused or time by exposure to mold. (6)
More than six million children have asthma according to the National Institutes of Health, and there are several different unique factors that may play a role in people coming down with the condition.
Genes are known to play a role according to the Institute, but the home environment is absolutely huge in determining whether or not a child may end up with this potentially serious symptom of toxic mold exposure.
Childhood asthma in particular has been linked to indoor mold growing in a child's home due to moisture problems such as water leaks, although the total picture is still not understood.
If you or your child have asthma, it's a good idea to begin inspecting the house for these water leaks, as well as for mold in areas where water exposure is common such as shower tiling, areas where your roof may be leaking or similar parts of your home.
Three particular species of mold are most associated with asthma according to the Institute: Aspergillus ochraceus, Aspergillus unguis and Penicillium variabile.
The results of the Institute's tests on mold exposure are pretty stark: for those with a 10-point increase in their “Environmental Relative Moldiness Index (ERMI),” on a scale of -10 to 20, a shocking 80% increase in a child's risk of contracting asthma was recorded.
The bad news is that mold exposure is a bigger problem than mainstream science would care to realize.
But in this case, the good news is that once you empower yourself and your family members with this knowledge, avoiding and stamping out mold exposure in your home and work environment can change in a hurry.
For those of us interested in holistic health, detoxifying the body, superfoods, herbs, and truly natural living, we all know just how important a consistent detox routine can be for overall health and killing these “bad bugs,” or in this case mold spores, from the body.
At the end of the day we are only as healthy as our environment and the things we put into our body, and needless to say the symptoms of mold exposure are just another wake-up call as to the dangers of what can happen when we don't prioritize our health.
With that in mind, check out our detox supplements (like C60 Olive Oil) in the David Wolfe shop, and do your part to protect yourself and your kids from the health vampires known as mold spores. The time is now to take control of your health!