Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Black Mold

According to study published by US National Library of medicine, 92% of patients diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) were found to also have mycotoxin toxicity. Mycotoxins are commonly found in various molds, many of which are not uncommon to modern homes. Water damage through faulty roofs, water damage caused by bad plumbing, and even moisture tracked into your home on a rainy day can all cause mold and mildew to grow and fester.

While the study is not conclusive, linking Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to toxic mold gives doctors a key diagnostic tool for determining a possible cause for chronic fatigue. Those who suffer from CFS often complain of fatigue, loss of concentration, sore throat, muscle pain, joint pain, enlarged lymph nodes, headaches, feeling tired even after a full night’s sleep, and extreme exhaustion lasting over 24 hours after any kind of physical exertion, or even mental exertion. Sufferers describe a great reduction in the quality of their lives.

Though medical science has been aware of CFS for over 25 years, doctors have not discovered a clear underlying cause for the disorder. Most of the theories focused on environmental factors, but exactly what environmental factors were putting people at risk were not clear. The leading theories were either viral or toxic exposure, but no one was sure what kind of toxic exposure would produce such various set of symptoms.

Recently, those in the medical field have become aware of how many health risks there are associated with water damaged buildings. According to the study, water damaged environments can brew a mixture of toxic biocontaminants produced not only by mold, but bacteria, and these have been identified not only in the dust, ceilings, wallpaper, heating units, and ventilation areas of the homes but also in the carpeting as well.

Every time an individual vacuums or walks across a carpeted floor, microscopic particulates are thrown up into the air and they breathe them in. Ninety-nine times out of one hundred, this is harmless but doctors warn that if the rugs and air ducts aren’t cleaned on a regular basis, it greatly increases your risk of developing conditions related to fungus and mold toxicity, including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

According to San Diego doctors, air duct cleaning on a regular basis can help keep you and your family safe. Water damage and its effects can have serious negative side effects.