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The Types of Mold Exposure


Exposure

 

Exposure means human contact with a hazard, like a fungus.  Exposure is a necessary, but not a sufficient condition for adverse human medical effects to occur.  Human exposures may take place by contact with contamination in any of the environmental media, air, surface water, groundwater, soil, or food.  On contact, hazards enter the human body by one or more of the three routes of exposure, inhalation, ingestion, or contact with the skin, ocular membranes, or mucous membranes lining the nose, mouth, and upper respiratory tract.  After absorption into the body, hazards enter the blood stream, regardless of the initial routes of exposure, and they circulate with the blood to all of the body tissues. 

 

Dose and Adverse Effects

 

The medieval alchemist Paracelsus was one of the pioneers of systematically organizing information about the toxic effects of hazards so he is often called the father of toxicology.  A statement often credited to him is, “All substances are poisons”, what differentiates a poison and a remedy [not harmful exposure] is the dose. This means that the dose or magnitude of exposure is the usual primary determinant of toxic effects.  Higher doses result in greater toxic effects, more people affected, more rapid onset, longer duration, and deeper penetration into body tissues.  However, sometimes other variables are more important than dose in determining toxic effects..  

 

 

           1.    Allergic Reaction

 Many people will tell you “It’s just an allergy”. The fact remains people die every day from allergic reactions to foods, and prescription medications. There is no set amount of exposure to Mold "ppm" (parts per million) that will trigger an asthmatic attack, or other severe reaction  condition. The threshold where Mold allergic reactions take place will be different in every human being.

 

2.    Toxic Exposure “A”

 

Toxic exposure takes place when a person who would not be considered to be allergic to Mold inhales or ingests enough Mold spores or Mold Fine Particulates, and  begin to show adverse health effects from the exposure. This would include persons who have actual fungi colonizing (growing) within their bodies. This colonization usually takes place within the lungs and sinus cavities, but can localize in other body tissues.

 

3.    Toxic Exposure “B”

 

Toxic exposure “B”, is the collection of Mold Fine Particulates within the human body. These Mold Fine Particulates can accumulate in the liver, kidneys, sinuses and the brain. It has been hypothesized that Mold Fine Particulates are the cause of memory loss and "lesions" (bleeding) on the frontal lobes of the brain.

 4.  Topical Exposure

Topical exposure is classified as the infection of the skin, hair, nails and eyes. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the skin generally cause scabs and / or lesions on the skin. Fungal infections of the nails cause growth deformities of the nails, and white and yellow discoloration. Fungal infections of the eyes have been known to cause blindness and many times result in the surgical removal of the infected eye.

Symptoms of mold exposure will vary due to the length of time a person has been exposed, the amount of mold that they were exposed to, and the species of mold present in their environment.

Level - I      Common Symptoms of Mold Exposure


The most commonly reported symptoms of short term Mold exposure:

 - Sneezing
 - Itching Skin
 - Redness and skin irritation
 - Watery Eyes
 - Itching Eyes
 - Head


Level - II     Advanced Symptoms of Mold Exposure

The following symptoms of Mold exposure have been reported generally as a result from persons being in a Mold contaminate environment on and off for an extended period of time. Symptoms are reported to have become more severe and longer lasting directly in proportion to the length of exposure time. Their reported symptoms are as follows:

- Constant Headaches
- Nose Bleeds
- Feelings of Constant Fatigue
- Breathing Disorders
- Coughing up Blood or Black looking Debris
- Nausea
- Diarrhea
- Vomiting
- Loss of Appetite
- Weight Loss
- Hair loss
- Skin Rashes
- Open Sores on the Skin
- Memory Loss "Short Term"
- Neurological & Nervous Disorders
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Swollen Glands in the Neck Area and under the Armpit
- Sudden Asthma Attacks or Breathing Disorders
- Ear Infections and Pain
- Chronic Sinus Infections
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Pain in the Joints and Muscles


While it seems Mold can cause many symptoms one must remember that there are thousands of species of Mold. Different species of Mold can have a wide variety of reactions within different people.

Level - III     Late Stage Symptoms of Mold Exposure

The following Mold exposure symptoms are the most severe and are attributed to high levels of exposure:

- Blindness
- Brain Damage
- Memory Loss "Long Term"
- Bleeding Lungs
- Cancer
- Death
 



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