What are Mold Mycotoxins & How Are They Bad for You?

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What is a Mycotoxin?

A mycotoxin is a toxic secondary metabolite produced by organisms of the fungus kingdom and is capable of causing disease and death in both humans and other animals.1

 

Why are Mycotoxins considered “bad”? 

Symptoms of mycotoxins: The number of mycotoxins patient's absorbed and the type of mycotoxin also play a role in symptoms (2). However, common symptoms are chronic fatigue, ADHD, rashes, COPD, and depression. Less common symptoms include dementia, Parkinson's, and cancer.2    

 

What molds produce mycotoxins? 

The most common types of mold which are known to produce mycotoxins are Aspergillus, Penicillium, Fusarium, and Alternaria.3

 

How do you know if mycotoxins are effecting your health at home or work?

We can visit your business or home and conduct an air quality test to determine whether mycotoxins are effecting your health.

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    Symptoms of mold exposure may include headache, sore throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes and fatigue. 4

    Bibliography

    1. https://realtimelab.com/blog/do-i-have-toxic-mold-poisoning/.
    2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC164220/.
    3. https://www.intechopen.com/books/mycotoxins-and-food-safety/mycotoxins-the-hidden-danger-in-foods.
    4. https://www.geisinger.org/health-and-wellness/wellness-articles/2018/09/19/15/02/is-mold-making-you-sick