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Is Mold Exposure Responsible for your Fatigue?

Fatigue is a common problem that many individuals both young and old suffer from. On many occasions, we tend to associate our fatigue with other common causes such as stress, vitamin deficiency, side effects from medications, chronic disease symptoms, viral infection and increased physical activity. But do you know that fatigue can also be caused by mold allergy? When having a good night sleep fails to give you the energy you need to be active the next day, there could be an underlying reason especially if fatigue caused by the reasons mentioned above doesn’t apply to you.

Mold is a fungus that forms a spore instead of a seed and doesn’t subscribe to the normal reproductive and growth cycles of animals and plants. Mold is released into the atmosphere via moisture, wind, during dry weather or periods of high humidity. When you’re exposed to mold, symptoms of feeling less energetic and fatigue begin to appear. In addition to causing fatigue, mold exposure has other symptoms which include; coughing, sneezing, headaches and migraines, shortness of breath, asthma attacks, rashes or hives, sinus infections and other respiratory complications.

People feeling fatigued as a result of mold exposure feel they haven’t had adequate rest even after sleeping for as much for 15 hours a day. As a result, it becomes difficult to concentrate at work, take a shower or even stand for extended periods of time. A common question people ask is how can you know you’re fatigue is as a result of mold allergy?

  • When you feel more fatigued on humid and rainy days

  • Extreme fatigue when mowing grass or raking leaves

  • Felling relieved when in an air-conditioned room

  • Feeling bad when in wet areas such as humid attic, in the woods or a damp basement

  • A feeling of great relieve when on the beach or near a mountain where there’s plenty of fresh air

  • Feeling relaxed when temperatures drop below the freezing point

How Does Mold Exposure Cause Fatigue?

Mold exposure is responsible for fatigue because of a number of reasons. When you’re sneezing, coughing and wheezing, chances are high you’ll fail to get adequate sleep leaving you completely fatigued and tired the next day. Conditions like pneumonia limit your oxygen intake which causes you fatigue. On the other hand, conditions like pneumonia, bronchitis and sinus infection all contribute to tiredness. A number of studies such as Brown University School of Medicine have in the recent past found a strong relationship between mold and depression. Mold for instance triggers fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome responsible for exhaustion.

Steps to Take If You’re Feeling Fatigue Because of Mold

People tend to undermine fatigue caused by mold yet it could be a sign of other critical symptoms. Seeing a physician is a good step because you can be able to discuss your symptoms with them for further medical advice. In this case, a medic may order tests to ascertain the real cause of your fatigue. It’s good to be conclusive and disclose to your doctor all the mold exposure symptoms that could be responsible for your low energy levels.

The good news is that once you discover mold in your house, you need to act quickly and have it removed. Your doctor might not be sure if mold is responsible for your fatigue but if you know you have mold, it’s best to address the problem before it causes bigger health problems and even damage building structures. Mold control is a good exercise which can help you to get rid of most mold sources. It’s difficult to completely eliminate mold but you can implement some measures to minimize growth of molds.

  • Ensure you identify any plumbing leaks and fix them properly. If you can’t do it on your own, find someone to do it for you.

  • Use an exhaust fan to get rid of moisture accumulating in kitchens and bathroom especially during bathing and cooking.

  • Make use of a dehumidifier to minimize humidity by controlling the amount of moisture in the air. Try to keep your humidity levels under 40% and ensure damp air from laundry machines is directed outside.

  • Ensure moisture traps are regularly cleaned because they harbor conditions that favor the growth of molds. Such areas include sinks, refrigerator door gaskets and tubs that get wet because of water. Also, regularly clean garbage cans.

Check your ground water drainage system to ensure that water easily drains away from your house. You can do this by clearing dead vegetation and leaves from the rain gutters and foundation.

Trap spores which are airborne – Central air conditioning systems that come with HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) ensure mold spores are trapped. Air conditioning installed with a HEPA filter is more effective than both freestanding air cleaners and electrostatic air cleaning gadgets.

Get Professional Advice

Don’t allow molds to ruin your life when you can seek professional help. Nowadays, there are numerous mold remediation professionals who can visit your home and do a free inspection. During the inspection, an expert will ensure all areas having molds in your house are pinpointed. This is important because molds grow in hidden places such as inside walls, under floors as well as inside heating, air conditioning and ventilation ducts. Once a comprehensive inspection has been done, an expert will advise you what needs to be done for your house to be mold-free.

With a free inspection completed, you will have all the required information and facts to address the issue even if you’re doing it on your own. Mold remediation is a demanding and time consuming task which you may not have the strength to do. Before participating in mold removal tasks, it always safe to consult your doctor and be advised whether this exercise will worsen your symptoms.

Now that you know mold can cause fatigue, it’s better to be more conscious of your home environment and try to mitigate the effects of molds by making sure conditions that favor mold growth are eliminated in the best way possible.

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