08 Nov Do You Think Mold Cannot Make You Sick?
Symptoms galore can increase risk of misdiagnosis.
Diagnostic errors in outpatient care facilities are pervasive. You have a 1-in-20 chance of it happening to you, according to a 2015 report issued by the Institute of Medicine. These outpatient statistics do not include medical errors that occur in hospitals.
If you suffer from the same reoccurring symptoms after medical treatment, you may have been medically misdiagnosed.
Do the below symptoms sound like you? If so, you may be suffering from mold and mycotoxin exposures. Check with your treating health care provider to discuss the possibility of a mold- and mycotoxin-related illness. Please note: this list is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to be used as a self-diagnostic tool.
Mold and Mycotoxin Symptoms
The following symptoms of mold and mycotoxin illnesses came from clinical studies and research performed by scientific and medical professionals, whom we quote in our book, MOLD: The War Within:
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Flu-like symptoms
- Neurocognitive dysfunction
- Post-nasal drip
- Throat irritation
- Sneezy or runny nose
- Bloody nose
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
- Respiratory problems
- Vision problems
- Skin rashes and mottling
- Burning sensation on skin
- Sloughing off of skin
- Skin and eye photosensitization
- Foot and skin fungus
- Cracking of skin
- Heart palpitations
- Memory loss
- Other neuropsychiatry problems
- Vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels in arteries and veins)
- Angioedema (swelling in deep layers of the skin, often around eyes and lips)
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- Dry or burning eyes
- Vascular fragility
- Bleeding from tissues or lungs
- Changes in reproductive cycles
- Immune suppression
- Immune system irregularities
- Thyroid conditions
- Inability to write, walk, speak, or learn like normal
- Inability to behave normally
- Attention deficit
- Liver damage
- Intestinal hemorrhage
- Necrosis (decaying of tissue)
- Nephrotoxicity (kidney toxicity)
The Medical Quandary
The multisystem effects of mold and mycotoxin exposures that cause such a wide array of symptoms is what make diagnosing a mold-related illness difficult. It is easy to see how a treating physician could get medically misled by this long list of symptoms.
Seek Medical Attention
If you recognize yourself in the aforementioned symptoms, seek the medical advice of a licensed health care professional knowledgeable in treating environmental illnesses.
Check for Structural Mold
Just as important as seeking qualified medical care is having your home and work environments checked for structural mold. In order to recover from mold and mycotoxin illnesses, you must remove yourself from any source of ongoing exposure to elevated levels of structural mold and mycotoxins.
Be Encouraged and Have Hope
Getting an accurate medical diagnosis is the first step in the recovery process. If it does turn out that you are suffering from a mold- and mycotoxin-related illness, know that many peoples’ bodies are able to recover on their own once they are removed from the source of exposure. There are simple, inexpensive steps that can be taken to support the body’s natural repair process, which include diet changes, juicing, and supplements.
For more information on the health effects of mold and mycotoxin exposures and natural recovery options, see the research documented in MOLD: The War Within.