Mycotoxins: The Respiratory Health Hazard In Your Home 

Mycotoxins are toxic substances produced by mold that can contaminate food, agricultural crops, and environments, posing a significant threat to human and animal health. Mold spores can exacerbate allergies and underlying respiratory-related conditions, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic pneumonia, and COPD.  Mycotoxin producing mold has also been linked to developmental disorders in children, and the development of autoimmune diseases. In this blog post, we will explore what mycotoxins are, their impact on human health, and how they can be tested.

What are Mycotoxins?

Mycotoxins are toxic substances produced by certain types of fungi that can contaminate food, agricultural crops, and environments. These toxins are airborne substances produced by mold that can easily be inhaled due to their airborne nature. There are many different types of mycotoxins, and inhaling these harmful substances can have a range of effects on human health, including severe illness.

Impact on Health

Mycotoxins can have a significant impact on human health. Exposure to them causes a range of symptoms, including respiratory distress, skin irritation, and gastrointestinal issues. In some cases, exposure to mycotoxins can lead to chronic illnesses such as cancer, neurological disorders, like neuropathy, as well as immune system dysfunction and damage to the central nervous system.

Testing for Mycotoxins

Assessing the presence of mycotoxins is the single most effective means of identifying and mitigating the health risks associated with mold exposure. Environmental testing can also be done to detect the presence of mold spores. Environmental testing involves taking samples of the air, surfaces, and also dust in a property and analyzing them for the presence of mold. This type of testing can help identify the source of the contamination and determine the extent of the damage. At Inspecticore, our certified mold assessors have all the qualifications to conduct these tests properly and ensure the safety of your home.

Testing for mycotoxins is an important step in identifying as well as mitigating the risks associated with mold exposure. Environmental testing can help identify the source of the contamination and determine the extent of the damage. It’s important to take steps to prevent mold growth and address any mold issues promptly to minimize the risk of mycotoxin exposure and stay in good health.

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