Headaches Caused By Mold123

Mold and mycotoxins can contribute to headaches in a number of ways. First, it is well documented that several mycotoxins directly damage the central nervous system. In fact, one of the most powerful biological weapons on earth is a class of mycotoxins called the T-2 mycotoxins. They target the part of the body that most directly contributes to pain and inflammation. Second, all of us know that musty mold odor, right? The smell comes from chemicals called “Volatile Organic Compounds”, (or VOCs). The Environmental Protection Agency lists headaches (and dizziness, fatigue, and nausea) as health effects from exposure to VOCs.  A lesser-known effect of mold is that it can be dehydrating to the body. When the body is depleted of hydration, skin can crack, rashes form, and new points of entry for more fungus is created. This simple dehydration can contribute to chronic headaches.

Sinus headaches are the result of sinus congestion creating pressure in the head. Inflamed sinuses swell and press on the eyes, the ear and upper-teeth, leading to sinus headaches. Once the pressure is alleviated, the headaches subside. Someone with an allergy to mold and mildew will experience similar symptoms every time he or she is exposed to the substance. Congestion symptoms include nasal blockage, sinus pain and postnasal drip. Sinus headaches feel like a dull, throbbing pain in the forehead, and are commonly misdiagnosed and are actually a migraine headache. Talk with a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

Identifying the mold issue is the first step prior to hiring a professional, licensed and insured remediation contractor.  There are several types of remediation, which is based solely on the surface that is contaminated.  Attempting to remediate the mold on your own, can lead to more adverse health effects and potentially cross contamination.

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