Treatment for Mold Exposure
Mold is everywhere – from the outdoors to the indoors – and it can affect us in different ways.
While some mold species may not be harmful, others are highly toxic, can cause serious allergic reactions, inflammation, and neurological problems, and are associated with increased cancer risk.
It is important to be aware of the potential risks associated with mold and take steps to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Exposure to mold spores and their excreted mycotoxins can occur through inhalation, ingestion, and contact. Higher quantities of these toxins may be found in water-damaged buildings and, with sufficient exposure, can pose a significant hazardous health risk.
In its June 2006 report, Mold Prevention Strategies and Possible Health Effects in the Aftermath of Hurricanes and Major Floods, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated, “excessive exposure to mold-contaminated materials can cause adverse health effects in susceptible persons regardless of the type of mold or the extent of contamination.”
Symptoms of Mold Exposure Include
- Balance & Coordination Dysfunction
- Food Allergies
- Muscle Cramps
- Unusual Pain (especially waxing/waning type symptoms; *may worsen with rain/damp climates)
- Ice Pick Pain (especially in the head/scalp)
- Headaches or Head/Sinus Pressure
- Light / EMF Sensitivity
- Red Eyes
- Blurred Vision
- Sinus Problems
- Shortness of Breath
- Abdominal Pain
- Joint Pain
- Morning Stiffness
- Memory Issues
- Focus/Concentration Issues
- Word Recollection Issues
- Decreased Learning of New Knowledge
- Skin Sensitivity
- Mood Swings
- Appetite Swings
- Sweats (especially night sweats)
- Temperature Regulation or Dysautonomia-related Problems
- Excessive Thirst
- Increased Urination
- Static Shocks
- Vitamin Deficiencies
- Metallic Taste
- Weight gain
Finding The Source of Mold
The most important step to recovering from mold illness is to avoid further exposure. It would be useful to perform a mold inspection of one’s environment by a qualified Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP Certified) specializing in mold remediation.
They should check air quality and dust samples in various areas where mold can accumulate (e.g., basements, attics, the bottom of any damaged dry wall near the floor, HVAC systems, etc.)
Mold exposure from food, clothing, furniture and kitchen/dishwashing/refrigerator appliances can also become problematic, especially upon repeated or continual exposure, and proper inspection and remediation are strongly advised.
Could You Be Suffering from Mold Exposure?
Mold is an insidious health problem. Many people suffer from its debilitating symptoms without knowing mold is causing their problems. Conventional doctors won’t even suspect mold, leaving most patients undiagnosed. This is unfortunate because mold toxicity can cause significant health issues in the body and mind, yet is treatable.
If you think you may be suffering from black mold exposure and are experiencing any of the symptoms above, it is important to seek medical attention from a qualified practitioner specializing in environmental medicine or mold-related illness.
One can overcome mold illness and its debilitating symptoms with proper diagnosis and treatment from an experienced mold specialist.
Frequently Asked Questions
We, unfortunately, do not take insurance. Our proprietary treatments, therapies, and diagnostics are exclusive, offered by only a few practitioners in the US. As such, insurance companies do not cover these yet.
Yes, we offer Telehealth services to many locations.
Making a trip to our lovely city of San Francisco does not need to happen right away. Based on your initial consultation, what testing has come in, our doctors will tailor recommendations for you, and we will do our best to work around your schedule.
We begin with an in-person or Telemedicine consultation with one or two of our doctors. The doctor(s) will typically recommend conventional and state-of-the-art, leading-edge tests based on the consultation. Some of these tests will likely require a blood draw. Once the test results are back, we will schedule an appointment for the doctor to review your results with you in detail.
The doctor may recommend you begin specific therapies during your initial visit before your labs have come back in certain circumstances. The doctor will discuss any such recommendations with you in detail.
Because Anatara is a leading and cutting-edge treatment center, most therapies will be received at our center in San Francisco, however, where possible, we will work with partnered centers across the country to accommodate your schedule.
Therapies are tailored for you by the doctor and Anatara team based on many variables. We offer individual targeted therapies and some treatment packages, and we will be happy to review those in detail with you once they are recommended. Many of our treatment plans include IV (intravenous) therapies, a very efficient way of administering medications and nutrients into your bloodstream to get to the tissues and cells. Some IVs only take ~ 1.5 hours, while others can take 3.0-4.0 hours, based on the tailored treatments the doctor has recommended
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