Mold exposure linked to fibromyalgia
Dr. Leo Galland believes hidden allergies can play an important role in chronic health problems. Mold is one of the most common environmental factors that affects people’s health and causes allergies. Toxic mold exposure has been linked to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, lupus and other conditions.
Mold can have a toxic impact on the human body because it produces harmful chemicals such as mycotoxin. The side effects of being exposed to toxic mold can range from circulatory damage to respiratory illnesses, and black mold is a common indoor air pollution problem. Patients report a variety of symptoms that include allergies, irritation, pain, aches, respiratory issues, chronic illnesses and cognitive problems.
Dr. Leo Galland points out: “Mold allergy is an important cause of fatigue and muscle aches. A significant proportion of people with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia have mold sensitivity.” Dr. William J. Rea shares the story of a patient who started to suffer from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue after his office became moldy. Dr. Rea mentions that tests proved the office had toxic mold, and the patient had toxins in his body. After moving his office and seeking treatment, the patient showed signs of improvement.
Dr. Rea believes that the environmental roots of illness should not be ignored by physicians. Mold is one of the common environmental contributors to disease, and patients are encouraged to carefully check their homes for the toxic substance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria and Aspergillus are some of the most widespread indoor molds. Unfortunately, mold is able to grow on a variety of surfaces, but high humidity levels attract more problems.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends keeping humidity levels low indoors and checking for proper ventilation in the entire house to reduce the likelihood of mold growth. The CDC also suggests that mold can be cleaned indoors with soap and water, bleach or other solutions. It does not recommend having carpets in bathrooms or basements because of the risk of mold growth.
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