Do you suffer from unexplained illnesses, poor health or mental health, such as anxiety or depression? Does this coincide with a move to a new work place or residence? Or have you had long lasting conditions with an unknown cause or triggers?

This could be the work of little mouldy spores that have taken up residence in the places that you spend your time in. They are most often hiding behind your walls, dark and damp pleases and in most cases it is found in unsuspecting places due to small or even large leeks! I have seen this time and time again where even brand new houses have developed mould due to leaks or faulty pipes.

Mould toxicity is caused from mould spores that are released into the air from mould deposits in order for them to reproduce (In other words it intends to spread!). Not all mould is harmful to the body as it is fungi after all. There are however some types that are toxic that like to make there way into the respiratory system.  Each individual will react differently to levels of exposure. Some that have been affected will display classic symptoms (cold and flu like), whilst others symptoms will be less obvious to classify however possibly more destructive and therefore the cause of the symptoms can be easily left un-diagnosed.

Possible symptoms of mould toxicity:

  • Coughing, wheezing, sore throat, runny rose and sore eyes
  • Skin conditions/irritations such as eczema
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Asthma attacks
  • Repertory illnesses
  • On set of Rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic diseases
  • Cognitive and emotional impairments such as memory loss, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, trouble concentrating, confusion, vertigo, headaches.
  • Unexplained weight gain, digestive issues and muscle issues

Signs there may be mould and places to keep an eye on!

  • Visible mould
  • Leaks/floods and water damage, often the mould is growing behind or under the walls/tiles/floors.
  • Damp strange smells inside the house
  • Air conditioners can easily grow a lot of mould through ducts and in the units.
  • Shower heads and taps
  • Areas that remain damp within the home, no sunlight etc.

Who is most at risk:

People suffering with conditions that compromise their immune systems, illnesses, auto immune diseases, asthma and allergies.

What can we do about it?

  • Notice symptoms, mental and physical when did they start? Have you moved property or work place, are you spending more time in new places? does it correlate with the onset of symptoms?
  • Keeping air conditioners maintained
  • Dehumidifiers in rooms that smell, feel damp or lack sunlight.
  • Have areas of mould professionally cleaned, removed or replaced.
  • Be aware of any leaks in the home or previous water damage, ensure it is dried out properly.
  • Ensure rooms can be adequately ventilated to ensure moisture does not build up.
  • Clean tap and shower heads regularly.

In most cases the body will need a lot additional support even after the mouldy situation is dealt with. If you feel you have been exposed to mould seek advice from your healthcare professional.

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