A frequent Question from mold sufferers is “How long will my recovery from mold exposure take?” Recovery time is dependent on several different factors, some controllable and others not. As with so many health issues, there is no simple answer to this question and every patient, and their circumstances differ. Here are 5 factors that dictate the length of time it will take for your body to metabolize and remove the mold and toxins from your body.
Factor 1: You Are Still Living in a Moldy Environment
The most frequent issue with people failing to achieve wellness from mold sickness is that they continue to live in a moldy environment. When this is the case, no amount of medicine, detoxification protocols, supplements, surgery, or procedures will be effective in helping the body remove the mold and mycotoxins from the system. When the immune system is continuously under attack due to mold inhalation, the body cannot heal. The best way to determine if mold is making you sick is to get out of your home into a safe place where you feel better and your symptoms subside. Stay there for a few days to fully experience the healing effects of breathing mold-free air. If this strategy makes you feel significantly, you know that the core issue is something in your home.
Factor 2: The Severity and/or the Length of the Mold Exposure
A major consideration in your recovery from mold is dependent on the severity and time of exposure. A severe exposure can occur from opening up a wall cavity with hidden mold, going into a water-damaged home and disrupting visible mold, turning on an HVAC system that is full of mold—many things, but the main point is that a person is exposed to a lot of mold in one instance, where “millions” of spores are released into the air.
Mold exposure can also occur in the event that smaller amounts are inhaled over a long period of time. In these cases, the patient eventually reach their body’s “Toxic Load”. To better explain, our bodies can only handle or process a certain amount of toxic elements. It is like a bucket. When full, the body can become overly sensitive to not only mold, but also any foreign chemical or Volatile Organic Compound (“VOC”s).
In these cases, it can take longer to get better, because the detoxification process must
be addressed first and the body must be made strong enough to handle processing all of the toxins. It takes time for the toxins to be metabolized and excreted by the body. In addition, the process must be continuous as toxins are stored in fat, liver, tissues, and joints. Some toxins are removed and some will be recirculated. Then, stored toxins will fill the queue to be removed. Again, this can take months to years to reach optimal wellness. Nevertheless, your condition will improve over time.
If you have been living in a house with a substantial mold problem for years, you are highly likely to have mold and mycotoxin build-ups in your body and experience sustained inflammation. A fungal ball in the sinuses is an example of when mold colonizes inside the body. Systemic fungal infections can also occur, such as Candida throughout your body. Candida overgrowth in your gut promotes other common fungal infections, such as toenail fungus, vaginal yeast infections, and oral thrush.
The more mold that builds up in your body, the longer it takes to remove, and the more comprehensive protocol that will be required to remove the mold from your system. Getting out of the moldy environment, an antifungal diet, optimizing your metabolism to excretes the mold all become necessary. In some cases, chemical binders and antifungal medicines are required. If it took years to create the problem, it could take more than a year to undo it. And that is assuming that you have completely remediated the mold source and/or moved out of the problem environment. If you continue to put mold into your body you may never get truly well, you will only succeed in reducing your symptoms.
Factor 3: The Type of Mold that Made You Sick
Another issue to consider is the type of mold to which you have been exposed. There hundreds of millions of types of mold. Approximately 300 species are known to produce mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are potent “poisons” that are secondary metabolites of mold. In fact, mycotoxins have been used as weapons in chemical warfare. Unfortunately, there are several common types of indoor molds that produce these poisons. This is due to the fact that many common building materials, such as drywall, absorb moisture and mycotoxin producing molds such as aspergillus, stachybotrys, and penicillium. You can order a Mold Diagnostic Test Kit that can be sent to Immunolytics for laboratory results that will identify the species and potential mycotoxins in your home.
Some molds do not produce mycotoxins; however, they are still allergens. Their presence will impact populations with fungal allergies. In these people, allergies (seasonal and year-round) are troublesome.
Patients are still vulnerable to fungal balls in the sinuses, common fungal infections (toenail fungus, vaginal yeast infections, oral thrush) or candida overgrowth in the gut, which can also result in Gastrointestinal reflux). People whose diets are high in sugar and simple carbohydrates are prone to fungal overgrowth and inflammation.
If your exposure is to mycotoxin-producing mold, your recovery will take longer. The
body absorbs the airborne poisons almost immediately after exposure. Mycotoxins have the ability to disrupt normal cellular activity in the body such as RNA, protein and DNA synthesis. Mycotoxins are slow-acting poisons which can build up in the body and can damage organ systems or create cognitive dysfunction (headaches, brain fog, memory issues, and motor function issues). Cognitive issues are by far the scariest and most disruptive symptoms for many patients. To get rid of these poisons, the body has to be removed from exposure, heal damaged tissue, process it out through the liver, and excrete it out of the body.This process is comprehensive and requires an antifungal diet to starve the living fungi, medically supervised detoxification, nutritional supplements to optimize metabolism of the toxins, and medicine to bind to toxins for excretion or antifungals to kill the mold. Learn more about mold illness from an Interview with Dr. Neal Nathan M.D. by Catherine at Moldfreeliving.com HERE.
Factor 4: Mold Sensitivity and Genetics
The third factor to consider in recovery time is to what degree are you sensitive to mold? Sensitivity is important because, you will be exposed to mold in your daily living. Mold is nature’s way of breaking down organic matter, and it is present in small amounts almost everywhere. In fact, mold likely comes into your home every time you open your front door.
We are all exposed to mold on a daily basis as mold exists everywhere. As your body experiences exposure to mold, chemicals, or other toxins, your “bucket fills up” and you become more sensitive.
- More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.
- Odds that a child with one allergic parent will develop allergies: 30% to 50%.
- Odds that a child with two allergic parents will develop allergies: 60% to 80%.
- Approximately 25 % of people with allergies are allergic to mold
The older you get, the more sensitive you become. Because as we age, beginning around age 20, thymus gland hormone production decreases. By your late 40s, the gland produces very little. The hormone created by the thymus is the fuel that runs your immune system. This is why older people get sick more often than young people and why your reactions seem to worsen as the years go by.
There has been a lot of attention placed on the presence of the HLA-DR gene (“The Mold Gene”). It is estimated that approximately 25% of the population has the genetic defect. It is understood that people with this genetic predisposition have trouble identifying and metabolizing mold toxins. This causes severe mold illness in some people. While these estimates may be true, they are just statistics and do not predict that a patient will suffer from severe mold sickness. Epigenetics, like the quality of the air that you breathe is proving to be much more important. Although it is true that over 90 % of patients with severe mold illness test positive for HLA-DR, this is a likely subset of the population to test for the gene, and should not be focused on for the only conclusions. The only practical utility of this genetic test is to explain why one person in a moldy home gets severely ill while others do not. This fact is often met with disbelief or apathy amongst family members and disrupt relationships in a household.
Factor 5: Mold Vigilance
Perhaps the most important factor in getting well is vigilance. The article, “No More Half Measures”, describes the necessity of following all protocols diligently in order to get better. These measures include not avoiding steps in your protocol that are inconvenient or that you dislike. I commonly hear from patients that they “used to” rinse sinuses daily, follow an antifungal diet, clean the home for mold, etc. It also includes non-negotiable facto such as getting out of the moldy environment or proper mold remediation. Not complying with all the steps significantly increases the risk that your body will not heal properly or in a timely manner.
Mold Exposure: The long and the short of it…
Most people can withstand small doses of mold. But prolonged exposure increases the possibility of developing severe mold sensitivity. This is why it is so imperative to make sure that you are living and working in clean environmental air.
- In the event that your mold exposure is relatively minor or short in duration, recovery can be fairly quick. People often see results in just days, by following a mold protocol.
- Short exposure to mycotoxinswill likely require investigation into the source of mold, physician intervention, and remediation. It may take several weeks to get relief from your symptoms.
- In the event that symptoms are severe and exposure to mold is either unknown or lengthy, you may never achieve wellness without action.
- Pay attention to specific symptoms being experienced
- Immediately get out of the moldy environment to determine if you feel better in a safe place.
- Visit a physician who treats mold or environmental illness and adhere to the treatment plan.
- Have the home remediated professionally.
Mold illness is a severely debilitating chronic illness. Recovery could take up to a year and involve environmental steps, a sinus protocol, diet changes, and nutritional supplements and medicines prescribed by a physician.
The good news is that Microbalance Environmental Treatment Protocol and Sinus Protocol are consistent with physician treatment and will improve symptoms and recovery. If you are having severe symptoms due to longer-term exposure you can scale up vigilance to the protocol to speed up the healing process. You can take a free Mold Sensitivity Evaluation HERE. You can also review your evaluation results for Microbalance Evaluation Recommendations.
Dr. Dennis has developed two homeopathic medicines you may not have discovered that are designed to aid the body in healing from mold. Sinus Defense is Transfer Factor in an oral, sublingual spray formulation. It acts as an antibody that identifies and tags foreign invaders immediately upon entering the body, so that the immune system can kill and remove these invaders before they cause harm.
Celltropin supports the pituitary gland. Pituitary damage is often caused by infection in the sphenoid sinus that sits adjacent to the pituitary gland. Since the pituitary gland is responsible for eight hormonal systems, damage to it can be the cause of hormonal dysregulation, adrenal fatigue and thyroid dysfunction.
These products can significantly improve daily wellbeing while healing from mold illness and are worth trying for sick patients as they are unique additions to the arsenal of products to supplement the body.
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