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My House is Making Me Sick?

This Mold Related Illness Guide provides a broad index of reports of health complaints or symptoms, of Illnesses that are either caused, or aggravated by indoor mold exposure or alternatively, that were believed or suspected by individuals to have a role in their physical or mental health complaints.

Here we provide descriptions and lists of ypes of mold reactions & list of Health complaints in moldy homes, lists of health complaints related to moisture or dampness and reports of those allergens & allergy illnesses in the home, types, causes, prevention. Health complaints by people sending mold samples to our laboratory. Photos of several Different-Appearing Mold-related Skin Rashes on People Not Suffering from Tinea



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Broad classes of reactions to allergenic, pathogenic, or toxic mold, allergens, and other indoor gases or particles

Mold skin rash found on exposure to high levels of Stachybotrys chartarum (C) D FriedmanFour Categories of Mold-Related Illnesses, Symptoms, or Complaints

In understanding how exposure to mold might cause or contribute to illnesses it is useful to distinguish among the meanings of the words allergenic, pathogenic, and toxic effects that exposure to something might explain.

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List of Mold Related Illnesses & Health Complaints

severe mold contamination indoors (C) Daniel FriedmanThis list of mold related illness symptoms and complaints is arranged alphabetically and begins just below. This list is a combination specific, diagnosed medical illnesses and other anecdotally reported complaints associated with mold in buildings. Research to establish a firm chain of causation between mold and other indoor particles (or other substances) and these complaints in many cases has not been completed.

We capitalize names of known medical conditions. While the following list may be of assistance to some readers researching this topic, it should by no means be considered as scientifically authoritative nor complete.

Some complaints are listed here without any solid medical evidence regarding causation, if the complaints have been expressed to us by people investigating mold-related illness or building mold contamination. Such data should be considered for research purposes and not medically authoritative.

We are interested in adding to this list as well as providing succinct symptom lists associated with medically-diagnosed mold related illnesses. Suggestions and criticism are invited.

Alphabetical Index to Symptoms of Mold Related Illnesses, Medical & Anecdotal

A  -  B  -  C  -  D  -  E  -  F  -  G  -  H  -  I  -  J  -  K  -  L  -  M  -  N  -  O  -  P  -  QR  -  S  -  T  -  U  -  V  -  WXYZ

Warning: this document is a mold-related symptom or complaint list, not a medical document.

This mold-illness-symptoms & complaints list does, however, collect both substantiated mold-related-illness complaints and a wide sampling of the nature and range of other complaints from people who believe or fear that mold or similar exposure has been a factor in their physical or mental health, a general reference for individuals or physicians interested in reading the nature and range of these complaints that may or may not actually be building or environment-related.

Can Mold Make You Sick? We live in a sea of mold, and other stuff in the air we breathe, on cushions we sit on, clothes we wear, pools we swim-in, and so on. Most mold is not hurting anyone, and some of it makes us well when we're sick(Penicillium notatum, for example). Fear of mold (mycophobia) is unjustified and in our opinion, more a result of media hype, ENVIRO-SCARE, and gouging consumers.

A healthy person walking through a room of moldy air is not likely to die. On the other hand, there is a wealth of less rigorous empirical data matching occupant complaints with indoor mold and allergens. Finally, for certain people, mold can be a serious problem if it's at high levels indoors. It's probably an overstatement by some authorities who assert that "... there are no proven links between mold and illness" - we refer readers to some of our lab's references for descriptions of illness-related molds, some of which are found in buildings.

See this separate article MOLD RELATED ILLNESS GUIDE, an Index to detailed articles aid in identifying illnesses that may be related to toxic or allergenic mold exposure. This is an atlas of mold related illness symptoms and complaints & of mold toxicity.

Readers needing a medical diagnosis of mold related illness should consult with their physician or with a specialist such as a medical toxicologist. If you need a specialist consult your family doctor and also see MOLD DOCTORS - ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE

Alphabetic Index to Common Mold-related Illness Symptoms & Complaints

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Coccioides soil fungus, U.S. CDC - see Valley Fever  @ Inspectapedia.com Valley fever, also called coccidioidomycosis

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Skin rash on mold exposure (C) D Friedman

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Skin rash associated with mold sensitivity (C) D Friedman

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Trichothecene mycotoxin poisoning symptoms & medical research

Reader follow-up:

2016/11/12, Anna levis said:

The trichothecene mycotoxins produced by toxic black mold are neurotoxic. This means they can kill neurons in the brain and impair a person’s mental ability. They also cause nervous disorders such as tremors and can cause personality changes such as mood swings and irritability.

Symptoms of trichothecene mycotoxin poisoning:

This comment was posted originally at MOLD CLEANUP - WOOD FRAMING & PLYWOOD

Thanks, Anna,

The phrase "black mold" is very misleading.

  1. First, not all "black molds" are toxic and that there are plenty of molds of other colors that are equally risky or health-hazards for people. See BLACK COSMETIC MOLD - not all black mold is harmful
  2. Second, of the millions+ genera/species of molds found on earth, or even just the few hundred commonly-found in buildings, there are many mold genera/species that are not black, may be light colored, even white or light green or gray and that as harmful or even a greater health risk that the most-popular "toxic black mold" of Stachybotrys chartarum.

    For example the very small and often pathogenic Aspergillus or Penicillium mold spores are very common in buildngs and probably cause far more illnesses than S. chartarum. We report and we blame what's easy to see, not necessarily what's present and most harmful.

    S. chartarum is a comparatively large sticky spore that is not easily airborne, as much as 25 times larger than an Aspergillus or Penicillium mold spore. Aspergillus or Penicillium mold spores are easily airborne and can remain in the air for many hours, moving in a building more or less as would a gas riding on air currents.
  3. Third, Watch out: the symptoms you listed... that you quoted from a website, are absolutely not restricted to trichothecene mycotoxin poisoning and could be caused by any of a large number of conditions, hazardous exposures, or by other health problems. People suffering from the symptoms you listed should consult with their doctor promptly and in extreme cases should seek immediate emergency medical care.

Research on trichothecene mycotoxin poisoning

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Warning: this MOLD RELATED ILLNESS SYMPTOMS list is a complaint list, not a medical document. It has not been peer-reviewed by the medical profession, and this list is not in any medical sense authoritative, nor can any list of mold illness complaints or symptms be complete. Readers can not rely on this document for medical diagnosis and instead should consult with their physician or with a specialist such as a medical toxicologist.

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Continue reading at MOLD CLEANUP GUIDE- HOW TO GET RID OF MOLD or select a topic from closely-related articles below, or see our complete INDEX to RELATED ARTICLES below.

Or see MOLD ATLAS & PARTICLES INDEX

Or see MOLD DOCTORS - ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE

Or see MOLD EXPOSURE STANDARDS.

Or see MOLD RELATED ILLNESS GUIDE

Or see MOLD RELATED ILLNESS FAQs - questions & answers posted originally at this article

Or see MOLD SPORES in the HOME - a Photo ID Library for detection and identification of mold allergens on indoor building surfaces and for an atlas of building molds.

Or see WHO MOLD BULLETIN

OR see these

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