Mold exposure can cause a variety of different health issues. Some people only experience a mild allergic reaction, while some others never experience any reactions. Some people experience health issues, but they do not directly know that it was caused by mold. Illnesses caused by mold can mimic other illnesses, so if you have any of the following symptoms, you may be dealing with mold exposure, and you need treatment.
Symptoms of Mold Toxicity
These are some of the symptoms of mold toxicity:
• Muscle and joint pain
• Muscle weakness
• Swollen glands
• Frequent infections
• Weight changes
• Digestive problems
• Thyroid issues
• Sore Throat
It is important that if you notice these symptoms and suspect mold, that you get treatment as soon as possible. The quicker you get treatment, the better off you will be.
Treatment For Mold
There are a wide variety of treatment options for someone who is dealing with mold exposure. Some people may respond well to simple treatments, while others will need to see more complex treatments. This will all depend on the severity of their symptoms. Treatment options include:
• Antihistamines. For people who have an allergic reaction to mold like runny nose, sneezing, and itching, an antihistamine may do the trick. They work by blocking the histamine reaction in your body that is released when there is an allergy.
• Nasal corticosteroids. This is a nasal spray that helps to treat and prevent allergies from mold. There are several different brands that are all effective for long-term usage.
• OTC antihistamines. There are several over-the-counter antihistamines that can help to get rid of the histamine reaction. There are several different kinds that are great to use for this purpose.
• Oral decongestants. Things like Drixoral and Sudafed are all popular to use for issues with mold. However, it is important to note that you should not use them if you have high blood pressure. These also come at the risk of several different side effects that can be moderate to severe.
• Immunotherapy. This therapy will be done with a series of allergy shots. However, allergy shots can only work with certain types of mold.
• Nasal lavage. Irrigating the nose can help to rid your nose of mold spores. It is important that distilled or filtered water is used.
• Ozone therapy. For people with mold exposure, they may benefit from ozone therapy to help alleviate the symptoms.
• Liver support. Toxic mold can negatively affect the liver. Liver support can help to restore the proper functionality back to the liver.
• Gallbladder support. Just like the liver, the gallbladder can be negatively affected by mold. It is important to get the gallbladder back to its normal health to help the body function well.
• Glutathione. This antioxidant can help to promote a healthy immune system which can help the body fight off the issues caused by mold.
• IgG therapy. People with mold exposure can benefit from IgG therapy to help make them feel better.
• Probiotic therapy. People who have suffered from mold exposure can sometimes have issues with digestion. Probiotics are naturally found in the stomach, and if these become unbalanced due to mold exposure, it can make you sick. Probiotic therapy can make sure that you have a healthy gut very quickly.
• Antifungal treatment. Research has found that people with mold toxicity have an overgrowth of both fungal and bacteria. There are prescription and natural antifungals that will help to kill mold colonization and fungal colonization in the respiratory tract and the GI tract.
• Binders. These oral supplements can seek out the mycotoxins found in mold and help to prevent them from being absorbed in the intestinal tract. Using these binders can help to reduce chronic inflammation caused by the mold exposure. Natural binders that we may use include activated charcoal, bentonite clay, pectin fiber, and zeolite clay. Prescription binders we may use include Welchol and Cholestyramine.
At Vital Force, we understand the importance of treating mold exposure. Other doctors may not be experienced with mold exposure and may not listen well when you tell them that you have been exposed to mold. We know the dangers of mold and will work with you to address and alleviate your symptoms. Our full team of chiropractors, a medical doctor, and nursing staff will work hard to help you to get rid of your mold toxicity and feeling like your normal self as quickly as possible. Call us at 205-352-9141.