Cognitive Impairment
& Mental Health

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Cognitive Impairment & Mental Health

Mold illness is associated with allergic reactions that mimic seasonal allergies. Respiratory symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, watery eyes, and skin irritation are the predominant symptoms. Mold is also known to cause asthma and life-threatening primary and secondary infections in immune-compromised patients that have been exposed. Studies show how toxic mold exposure can affect the brain and lead to cognitive and emotional impairments. Toxic mold exposure has also been linked to more serious, long-term effects like:

  • Memory loss
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Confusion

Cognitive Impairment & Mental Health

Another source of irritation from mold exposure comes from substances known as microbial volatile organic compounds (mVOCs). The effects of these compounds are not completely understood and research is still in the early stages.

Exposure to mVOCs from molds can irritate the eyes and respiratory system and has been linked to symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nasal irritation, and nausea. These volatile organic compounds are produced through fungal metabolism and are released directly into the air, often giving off strong or unpleasant odors.

Toxic black mold can release spores that if ingested or inhaled, can cause a range of unpleasant and even dangerous symptoms in humans that can include nausea, vomiting, extreme headaches, and bleeding in the lungs and nose.

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