The most common toxic mold health problems involve the respiratory system. A person who has accidentally breathed in spores from ordinary mold may experience coughing, wheezing, a running nose, fever, headaches, and fatigue. He may also acquire a rash plus a mild irritation of the eyes.
Someone who has been exposed to toxic mold, however, may have more serious complaints. It’s not unlikely that a person could suffer from memory loss, mood disorders, and damage to the nervous system in cases of long-term exposure.
There are even reports linking toxic mold to weight gain and weight loss problems, and now scientists may be able to present the factors supporting the unusual link.
How toxic mold affects the digestive system
When spores of the toxic mold enter our body, they immediately act on healthy cells and destroy them. And because the respiratory system, through which mold spores pass, is related to the digestive system, it’s highly possible that toxic mold spores can find their way into the digestive tract.
Mold can destroy the lining of our stomachs and prevents the healthy functioning of the system, interfering with various digestive processes and weakening the organs.
The immediate results of this infection is diarrhea and vomiting, as our bodies instinctively try to eject the harmful toxin. But there have also been cases of people suddenly gaining or losing weight after exposure to toxic mold.
Ever heard of the toxic or sick building syndrome?
The sick building syndrome (SBS) has been defined as a collection of symptoms related to a person’s residence or workplace. Its cause has been attributed to poor ventilation systems (which includes flaws in airconditioning and heating) in both old and new buildings.
When a building is poorly ventilated, noxious fumes and toxins from contaminants cannot escape. Instead, they are trapped inside the building, multiplying and moving around from one room to another.
There are a host of reasons for the sick building syndrome. Aside from poor ventilation, it may also be due to the presence of poisonous volatile compounds, a lack of sufficient air filtration, and of course, molds.
Weight gain and toxic mold infection
Exposure to toxic mold brings about not just health problems with the respiratory system but can also cause psychological issues. This is not surprising because the nervous system is also affected by this deadly toxic mold.
Mood swings and depression have been reported and these may be the reasons why people resort to binge-eating or to starving themselves. Thus, regardless weight gain or weight loss, you should never eliminate toxic mold as one of the probable causes.
And to make sure that the symptoms won’t get worse or recur, the place where the mold originates should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.