If you discover that you have mold growing in your home, it can be a daunting experience. Finding mold growing within your house means several things. First, you need to discover how the mold and mildew got there? And second, how long has it been there? You are also going to want to know how far it has spread throughout your home and is it a dangerous strain that can cause harm to your family or your pets. The longer you live in a house that has mold or mildew that is a result of water damage, the more likely it is that you or a member of your family will potentially suffer from a mold-related illness. But are certain people more susceptible to get sick than others? Is it possible that our genetics influence whether we are more likely to be affected by mold related illness than someone else? Approximately 25% of the population has a susceptibility to mold-related illnesses. Their genetics make it more likely that they will suffer from sickness due to mold or mildew.
What is Chronic Inflammatory Response Illness?
About 75% of the world’s population can isolate and destroy the toxins released by certain strains of mold and mildew. Even though we may feel ill when exposed to mold, our bodies can fight and eventually kill the spores that are making us sick. Your liver can filter out the toxins, and you will be able to expel whatever remains. For the other 25% of the world’s population, their bodies are unable to break down and destroy the biotoxins that the mold produces. Unfortunately, this can lead to what is known as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. For the percentage of people that get CIRS, they will be unable to fight off the biotoxins. Which means that not only will the toxins remain within their bodies, but the longer that they are in the home with mold and mildew, the sicker they will become. If you are a person that has CIRS, it is critical that they are aware of areas containing mold and mildew created by water damage, but if they enter an area that has mold or mildew, they need to wear the proper safety equipment and make sure not to stay in the affected areas for long periods.
CIRS can cause several symptoms that can include everything from fatigue, night sweats, vertigo, joint pain, and respiratory distress.
How do you Diagnose CIRS?
Since the list of symptoms associated with CIRS is extensive and severe, it can be challenging to diagnose. Most of the symptoms can be confused with a variety of other health disorders which can make it very difficult to diagnose as CIRS however if you live in an area that has suffered extensive water damage and had areas of mold and mildew. It would be a good idea to bring up the possibility of CIRS with your doctor especially if you have been living in the exposed area for an extended period and have been feeling unwell for quite some time.
If you are unfortunate enough to be part of the 25% of the population that do carry a genetic weakness for illnesses caused by mold and mildew, the proper remediation of your home is significant. It is entirely something that needs to be taken care of by your local mold and mildew remediation experts. If you try to handle mold without proper equipment or training, it can only lead to further issues with your health. If you live in Palm Beach County, FL., you should call your local mold remediation experts at NHI, National Home Inspection and Mold Services at (561) 445-8483 as soon as possible.