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How Mold Can Affect Brain Health

By Christopher Dietrich, Vice President of Growth and Development

Signs of Mold Exposure

When someone experiences mold exposure, the first thing they might think of is their respiratory health. Most people exposed to mold would not associate brain damage to be a part of the after-effects. Unfortunately, long-term effects of mold exposure can lead to cognitive impairment, including advancing dementia and Alzheimers.

Past case studies have shown that different types of mold can produce mycotoxins. If exposed to large amounts of mycotoxins, it can cause disease or death in both humans and animals. Additionally, small doses of exposure to mycotoxins may impair cognitive function.

Signs of Mold Exposure

Signs of mold exposure include persistent runny nose, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, skin rash, headaches, eye irritations, congestion, and lung irritation. Those with impaired immune systems may experience a severe infection.

Mold can also advance dementia and Alzheimer’s. Since mold spores act as irritants, they can lead to inflammation throughout the body – including the brain. This type of inflammation can impair cognitive function and can lead to long-lasting cognitive impairment. More recently, doctors are being asked to treat and diagnose individuals who’ve fallen ill to mold.

Signs of cognitive decline may include the following:

– Forgetting appointments and other scheduled dates
– Forgetting recent events or conversations
– Having difficulty understanding instructions or directions
– Unable to organize tasks or make plans
– Feeling overwhelmed making decisions
– Confusion with time or place
– Trouble understanding spatial relations or images
– Problems with speaking or writing
– Changes in mood or personality, becoming impulsive
– Withdrawal from social activities or work

Individuals may notice these changes themselves before other people around them do. For others, friends and family may be the first ones to speak out to an individual about any sudden change in behavior, memory, and cognitive ability.

How to Spot Mold at Home

If you’ve recently started suffering from mental decline, mental confusion, trouble focusing, or inability to think clearly, you may be suffering from mold exposure, which may harm the brain. Maybe you have visited your primary doctor with such concerns and test after test; you still don’t have answers.

Your condition could be related to mold exposure. Checking your home for mold is relatively straightforward but can also pose a danger. A common way to check for mold is to smell it. Is there an area of your home that is often referred to as the “musty” room?

Most indoor molds grow in damp, warm, and humid environments, most commonly associated with bathrooms, basements, ceiling tiles, wallpapers, under sinks, plumbing, and carpets. If you’ve recently had a water leak or past flooding, these could be adding to a hidden mold problem. If you cannot spot or smell mold, but think your symptoms are related to mold exposure, an experienced technician in Florida can safely inspect your home.

Contact Rezilir Health for Brain Fog

Rezilir Health is focused on helping patients reverse chronic conditions. Our team can assist in person or via telehealth from our offices in Hollywood, Florida. Download our free e-book, The Rezilir Way for Cognitive Decline, to learn more about brain health and gain insight into our integrative approach.

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