Mycotoxins are toxic compounds produced by certain types of mold. They can be found in indoor and outdoor environments and can be inhaled or ingested, potentially leading to a range of health problems. Some common types of mold that produce mycotoxins include Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Stachybotrys (also known as black mold).
Mold illness, also known as chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS), is a condition that can occur as a result of exposure to mycotoxins and other biotoxins produced by mold. Symptoms can vary, but may include fatigue, headaches, cognitive impairment, respiratory problems, and immune dysfunction. People who are particularly susceptible to mold illness include those with pre-existing conditions such as allergies, asthma, or other autoimmune disorders.
Diagnosis of mold illness can be challenging, as symptoms can be similar to other conditions. Some of the most common methods to assess mold illness include measuring the levels of mycotoxins in the body, measuring the immune system’s response to mold exposure, and a thorough evaluation of symptoms and exposure history. Treatment typically involves identifying and removing the source of mold exposure, and using a combination of medications, supplements, and lifestyle changes to support the body’s detoxification and immune system function. Also, it is important to consult a healthcare professional who is well-versed in mold-related illness.