Stachybotrys Spores. Image: Dr. Sahay, via Wikimedia Commons

When there is chronic dampness and limited air circulation in your home or work environment, certain types of mold, like “black mold,” can develop and produce naturally occurring poisons called mycotoxins. Exposure to high concentrations of mold spores over an extended period, which results in the accumulation of these toxins in the body, can lead to conditions known as “biotoxicity” and/or “neurotoxicity.”

Recent years has seen an increase in mold toxicity cases. This can partly be attributed to the advancement of energy efficiency. We are creating more airtight and climate controlled spaces that circulate recycled, indoor air. Building materials have also evolved. When porous drywall (which has replaced plaster) is combined with moisture, it provides the perfect food source for mold to thrive.

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Symptoms of toxicity

The painful symptoms of mold toxicity are similar to the symptoms of a variety of other disease conditions, including fibromyalgiamigraine or chronic headachesdepression, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)Chronic Fatigue SyndromeChronic Lyme Diseaserecurrent sinus infections or chronic sinusitis and asthma that is unresponsive to conventional therapy. Symptoms also can mimic those of certain autoimmune diseases, such as psoriatic arthritis, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis. For this reason, mold toxicity is quite often overlooked as the root cause of pain.

Genetics can also influence whether or not a person will suffer ill-effects – some people are genetically able to metabolize toxins, while others are not.

Treatment

If the underlying cause of your pain or illness is mold toxicity and your treatment plan does not include a detoxification regimen, your overall recovery is very likely to be incomplete and far slower than it needs to be.

At the Kaplan Center our physicians have years of experience treating patients with mold toxicity and other chronic pain conditions, and we completely reject the notion that “you just have to live with it.”

At your first visit, your Kaplan physician will take time exploring the onset of your condition, the specific nature of your symptoms and the overall status of your health. You’ll also be asked about the medications and therapies you’ve tried in the past, and what has and hasn’t worked for you. To gather additional information about your condition, specialized diagnostic laboratory testing may be necessary.

After reviewing all of the factors contributing to your condition, your physician will spend time talking with you about your diagnosis and working with you to create a customized and multi-dimensional treatment plan that addresses not only your immediate pain, but also any possible underlying or co-existing conditions that may be causing or aggravating your symptoms. Many patients find that addressing the toxicity disorder has alleviated or resolved their longstanding medical problems.

We offer a multitude of effective treatment options, including:

We’re here for you, and we want to help. Our goal is to return you to optimal health as soon as possible.

Please call (703) 532-4892 to schedule an appointment, or for more information, please click here.

Mycotoxin Illness: Could the air you breathe be making you sick?

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