There are two types of mold allergy tests: Immediate and Delayed. The Immediate Test is far and away the most common test used by Allergy/ENT doctors.
The Immediate Test (IgE)is based on a reaction to a skin test or IgE antibody blood test for immediate reactions to mold. It is the test that most insurance companies will cover.
The Delayed Test (IgG) requires a blood sample to be drawn and tested which is not frequently done for cost reasons.
FACTOID: People with Chronic Sinusitis (more than 90%!) show a positive mold allergen result when using the Delayed Test (IgG) blood test. However, only 30% of the same population will show a positive result when using the Immediate Test (IgE).
Yes, many people notice an improvement in these conditions when they clear mold from their body and their environment.
Check your environment for mold. Remember mold (antigen) removal from your body and your environment is the an effective way to control sinusitis. The constant re-exposure will continue to make you ill. Antibiotics are only temporary masking agents not a cure for chronic sinusitis.
You may likely have an environmental problem. Your home, work space, and car should be checked for mold. Recurrent sinusitis after multiple antibiotics, and or steroids and surgeries is most frequently due to failure to clear mold from BOTH the patient and their environment.
The daughter should stay out of mobile home until it has been treated and declared mold free. This goes for anyone who suspects they are living/working in a mold contaminated environment. You can easily determine if there is mold by using simple mold screening plates. *Note – they do take 5 days to grow after exposure.
No. Mayo Clinic researchers determined in 1999 that 93% of all chronic sinusitis is caused by an immune reaction to fungus (Mold). In patients who have fungal allergies, mold causes white blood cells to attack the fungus in the sinus lining. In doing so the white blood cells burst, killing the fungus, but causing a pit in the sinus lining. The pits trap mucous, the mucous collects bacteria that cause an infection. When the infection is treated with antibiotics, the symptoms improve, but since the patient is still breathing mold in the air, when the antibiotics are stopped, the infection recurs over an over. The cause of the infection must be addressed. The antigen (mold) that causes sinusitis must be removed both from the patient and from the patient’s environmental air for lasting wellness.
Polyps are tissue growths much like an oyster in consistency and the size of a grape. They are caused by the inflammatory reaction of the tissues to mold. So when the mold is treated and the air is clear of mold, the polyps have a better chance of improvement. However, if they become obstructive, they can cause infection and the infection causes more polyps. Surgery is necessary to relieve the obstruction in these cases.
No. In this case, the home is an environment that is likely to have high mold counts while the beach has a zero mold count on the ocean. Mold and Yeast (Candida) are known to cause cognitive problems in people with delayed fungal allergies.
Even after the source of the mold has been removed spores can still be present in the home’s contents, such as clothing, mattresses, pillows, sofas, or pets. All pets have mold. Follow the pet treatment protocol on our web page and do not put the pet in the bed room. Also pine straw, mulch, bark, old furniture, cardboard, and old papers are known to cause mold illness. If mold is cleared from your body and your environment and you still have fatigue it is possible that you may have pituitary damage, which can cause low levels of all the hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, thyroid, parathyroid, cortisol, and most importantly Growth Hormone, which is responsible for cell replacement and growth and without which health, vitality, and energy is impossible.
The researchers distinguish chronic sinusitis — sinusitis that lasts three months or longer — from acute sinusitis, which lasts a month or less. They say that the cause of the acute condition is usually a bacterial infection. Antibiotics and over-the-counter decongestants are widely used to treat chronic sinusitis. In most cases, antibiotics are not effective for chronic sinusitis because they target bacteria, not fungi. The over-the-counter drugs may offer some relief of symptoms, but they have no effect on the inflammation. “Medications haven’t worked for chronic sinusitis because we didn’t know what the cause of the problem was,” says Dr. Jens Ponikau. “Finally we are on the trail of a treatment that may actually work.” Thousands of varieties of single-cell fungi (molds and yeasts) are found everywhere in the world. Fungal spores (the reproductive part of the organism) become airborne like pollen. Some people develop allergies to fungi. The evidence from the Mayo study suggests that many people also develop a different kind of immune system response.