Information On Toxic Black Mold And Stachybotrys
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Toxic Black Mold Symptoms
This page was written to help someone identify symptoms caused by Stachybotrys chartarum, which is a form of black mold mostly known for being the toxic black mold.
However, not all black mold is Stachybotrys, or even all that toxic.
Types Of Symptoms Associated With Toxic Black Mold
Toxic black mold causes serious symptoms and health problems such as mental impairment, breathing problems, damage to internal organs and sometimes even death in extreme cases, but the main groups of symptoms toxic black mold causes are:
- Immune system problems
- Reproductive system issues
- Tiredness, drowsiness and discomfort
- Other minor to major illnesses and health issues
- Mental and neurological issues
- Respiratory difficulities
- Circulatory problems
- Vision and eye problems
- Skin problems like rashes
Immune system problems
Neurological And Mental Symptoms From Toxic Black Mold
The mycotoxins produced by toxic black mold are neurotoxic. This means they kill neurons in the brain, which impairs a person’s mental ability significantly. These mycotoxins also cause nervous disorders, such as tremors, personality changes, mood swings and irritability.
- Confusion, or difficulty concentrating
- Shortened attention span
- Slowed reflexes
- Disorientation and Dizziness
- Memory loss issues
- Impaired learning ability
- Aggression, irritability and other personality changes
- Tingling in the hands and feet
- Trembling or Shaking
- Numbness in fingers and toes
Respiratory Symptoms From Toxic Black Mold
People that live, or work in homes, or businesses with toxic black mold become exposed mainly through breathing in toxic black mold spores and mycotoxins. The mycotoxins from the toxic black mold can create irritation and a burning feeling in a person’s air passages including the nasal cavity, mouth and throat.
The mycotoxins can cause a burning feeling, breathing problems, and bleeding in the lungs, if the mycotoxins get stuck in the mucus membranes, sinuses, or lungs.
- Difficulty breathing, breathlessness, and shortness of breath
- Wheezing, or Coughing
- Pulmonary edema (swelling of the lungs), or Pulmonary hemorrhage (bleeding in the lungs)
- Sore throat and burning sensations in the mouth
- Bleeding, or sore gums
- Runny nose, congestion, nose bleeds, itchy noses, or blocked nasal passages.
Circulatory Symptoms From Toxic Black Mold
Black mold’s mycotoxins, which can be inhaled in, ingested, or absorbed through a person’s skin or eyes will eventually find their way into the person’s blood leading to heart damage, health issues with blood clotting and internal or external hemorrhaging.
- Bleeding in organs including the brain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Bone marrow disruption
- Vomiting up blood
- Blood not clotting properly leading to a tendency to bleed
- Hemorrhage – internal bleeding
- Heart inflammation
- Damage to heart
- Low blood pressure
Reproductive System Symptoms From Toxic Black Mold
Mycotoxins from toxic black mold are teratogenic, meaning that they can cause problems in fetuses during pregnancy leading to birth defects and other complications.
- Infertility, or low sperm counts
- Impotence,or erectile dysfunction
- Fetal development issues
Drowsiness and Uncomfortable Symptoms From Toxic Black Mold
Being around toxic black mold may cause the immune system to release a sedative called Chloral Hydrate. This natural sedative is used as a defense to try to slow down the dangerous health effects of toxic black mold and it’s deadly mycotoxins. However, this natural defense acts as a warning sign by making a person tired and causing otherwise unexplained fatigue. These mycotoxins can also cause soreness of the muscles and joints.
- Aches and pains
- Chronic fatigue
- Muscle pain
- Malaise – general discomfort
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain
- Joint pain
- Cold or flu type symptoms or recurring colds
Other Symptoms From Toxic Black Mold
- Hearing and hair loss
- Liver disease
- Significant weight loss
Toxic Black Mold Can Causes Allergic Symptoms
Like other molds, toxic black mold is an allergenic. The toxic spores from black mold cause severe allergic reactions including, but not limited to breathing problems, sore eyes, runny nose, itchiness, sneezing and a soreness of throat.
Toxic Black Mold Symptoms Differs Greatly For Different People
Black mold can affect different people in very different ways as some people won’t experience symptoms nearly as severe as what others experience. Young children, the elderly, and people suffering weak immune systems are usually the most affected by the mycotoxins.
Toxic Black Mold and Cancer
There is still a lot of research that needs to be done in regards to whether, or not black mold causes cancer, but there are other toxic molds, like Aspergillus for example, that definitely can cause cancer. Actually, the aflatoxin mycotoxins which Aspergillus produce are among the world’s most powerful carcinogens.
Are Mold Symptoms Permanent?
Once a person is no longer around toxic mold spores most of their symptoms should gradually decrease, but some of the health issues caused by the mycotoxins are permanent though. People that have suffered black mold exposure will notice their immune system won’t be as strong as it used to be and they’ll be more sensitive to mold and mycotoxins and the health effects from being around mold in the future.
Vision and Eye Issues Caused By Black Mold
Air borne mycotoxins can enter a person’s eyes and cause inflamed and injured eyes and create vision problems, because these type of black mold mycotoxins are cytotoxic (toxic to cells).
- Blurry vision and vision worsening
- Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes)
- Eye inflammation and painful irritation
- Red or bloodshot eyes
- Eye damage, or reduced vision
Symptoms Of The Skin Cause By Toxic Black Mold
The skin is one of the three main ways that toxic black mold mycotoxins enter the human body with several cases in the past, where people have handled hay, or other grain that was contaminated with toxic black mold and developed severe rashes, or skin issues on their body where they touched the hay, as well as on sweaty areas like the armpits and buttocks.
Symptoms include Dermatitis – (skin inflammation, rash, blisters, itchiness and Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)?
Immune System Symptoms From Toxic Black Mold
Black mold release chemicals, which suppress the immune system. In fact, many immunosuppressive drugs are actually created from toxic molds. A person can become immunocompromised from exposure to black mold, which leads to getting infections and sickness.
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Stachybotrys is a genus of molds, hyphomycetes or asexually reproducing, filamentous fungi. Historically, it was considered closely related to the genus Memnoniella, because the spores are produced in slimy heads rather than in dry chains. Recently, the synonymy of the two genera is generally accepted. Most Stachybotrys species inhabit materials rich in cellulose. The genus has a widespread distribution, and contains about 50 species. The name comes from the Greek words “stakhus” (ear of grain, stalk, stick; σταχυς) or “stachy” (progeny) and “botrus” (cluster or bunch as in grapes, trusses; βότρυς).
The most infamous species, S. chartarum (previously known as S. atra) and S. chlorohalonata, are known as “black mold” or “toxic black mold” in the U.S., and are frequently associated with poor indoor air quality that arises after fungal growth on water-damaged building materials. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “The term ‘toxic mold’ is not accurate. While certain molds are toxigenic, meaning they can produce toxins (specifically mycotoxins), the molds themselves are not toxic, or poisonous. Hazards presented by molds that may produce mycotoxins should be considered the same as other common molds which can grow in your house.
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