WHAT IS MOULD ILLNESS?
Mould grows in damp, humid environments such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes; as well as on paper products such as cardboard, or wallpaper. It is much more common in the UK than we are likely aware of, and has been known to have very detrimental effects on bodily health.
The prolonged exposure to mould can cause or worsen already existing health problems. By inhaling or touching mould, fungal infections can enter the body. In addition, mould exposure may irritate your eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs.
Exposure to bacterial infections, heavy metals, toxins or mould (from water damaged buildings, for example) are seldom considered as potential causes of imbalances in the body and triggers of disease. However, when we are working from a biological systems approach used within Functional Medicine, this is taken into account.Mould is a type of fungus and produces harmful secondary metabolites called ‘mycotoxins’. Aflatoxin B1, for example, is produced by the Aspergillus species of mould and is one of the most toxic and carcinogenic (cancer causing) substances known to man. When mycotoxins are inhaled or enter the body, they can cause damage, irritation or inflammation to targeted areas or whole bodily systems
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF MOULD ILLNESS
If the exposure to mycotoxins has been ongoing for some time (from mould growing in the home, workplace, etc), people affected may get colonised by the mould and they themselves become the ‘sick building’. Symptoms may only start to appear at the onset of a different illness or stressful life event, all of which impacts the immune system.
The symptoms of mould exposure can be numerous and may mimic other illnesses, but generally include the following:
- Brain fog
- Heart palpitations
- Double vision
- Low mood / depression
- Thrush or other yeast infections
- Recurrent UTIs and / or bladder infections
- Dry cough
- Feeling of internal vibration
- Craving sweets or alcohol
- Irritable bowel symptoms including bloating
- Food sensitivities and / or histamine issues or allergies
- Numbness or tingling
- Nerve or ‘ice-pick’ pain
- Inability to lose weight
- Hormonal imbalances
- Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS)
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
- Liver issues/fatty liver
- Kidney pain or swelling
- MAST cell activation syndrome
- Frequent thirst and frequent urination