Mold is a common problem in most homes, but most people are completely unaware of the problem. Everyone looks under the sink, at the shower curtain, or in the basement when they think of mold issues, but the truth is that mold can grow anywhere.
It can be found in the roof, in the drywall, and even in Christmas trees. According to one study, Christmas trees can breed mold, releasing spores in the room quietly and creating the perfect conditions for asthma symptoms and winter allergies to thrive.
There are more than 1,000 types of mold which can be found in the modern American home. Researchers classify them based on the effect they have on humans.
Different Types of Mold
- Allergenic Molds
These molds are at the low end of the danger scale, and they pose danger only for those with predisposed allergy to the specific mold and those with asthma.
- Pathogenic Molds
Pathogenic molds can cause infection, which is a huge problem for people with suppressed immune system. An acute response which is similar to bacterial pneumonia is often found with those exposed to these types of mold.
- Toxigenic Molds
These molds produce mycotoxins which can cause serious health problems. They have been associated with cancer and immunosuppression.
5 of the Most Common Indoor Molds
- Alternaria: Usually found in your nose, mouth, and upper respiratory tract; can cause allergic responses.
- Aspergillus: Commonly found in warm and extremely damp climates’ produces mycotoxins and can cause lung infections.
- Cladosporium: Usually found on textile, wood, and other damp, porous materials; triggers hay fever and asthma symptoms.
- Penicillium: Found on wallpaper, carpet, decaying fabrics, and fiberglass duct insulation; causes asthma and allergies; some species produce mycotoxins, one being the common antibiotic penicillin.
- Stachybotrys: Toxic “black mold” which produces mycotoxins that can cause serious breathing difficulties and bleeding of the lungs, among other health problems.
Do you have mold illness? Note that it can be hiding and may not be visible in your house at all. Check out these 5 warning signs which may indicate that you have mold illness, instead of an allergy.
5 Warning Signs of a Mold Illness
- Unexplained muscle pain
If you are workout out a lot, occasional muscle pain is common. But, muscle pain which is not a result of any physical activity is one of the key signs of mold illness. Mold illness can lead to pin-pricks, soreness, and muscle crams anywhere in the body.
- Brain Fog, memory problems, and difficulty focusing
Memory issues, difficulty focusing, having trouble expressing yourself, and foggy brain are all common signs of mold illness. Frequent headaches are also a red flag!
- Numbness or pins and needless feeling
Numbness followed by a ‘pins and needles’ or ‘ice-pick pain’ may indicate to mold illness. You may experience this combined with muscle cramps.
- Breathing problems
Breathing problem are some of the reasons why mold illness is often confused with allergies. But, mold illness could lead to serious respiratory complications. You may have constant cough, be unable to inhale deeply, and experience wheezing and sinus problems.
- Digestive problems
Mold illness can also exhibit signs in