f you have been exposed to mold, you could be suffering from long-term illness.  The next question is simply, “What do I do now?” 

Treatment Course for Mold Exposure

If you have been exposed to mold, you could be suffering from long-term illness.  The next question is simply, “What do I do now?”  This article will explore how to best treat mold exposure and Multiple Chemical Syndrome (MCS) using a combined approach of traditional, alternative and chiropractic therapies. 

Clean the Environment

First, the irritant must be removed from the environment.  Making sure the area is mold-free will prevent symptoms from recurring after treatment has begun.  Using a bleach solution for obvious areas will effectively clean mold.  In hidden places like vents, behind walls or under flooring, professional services must be acquired to insure every bit of mold is removed.  In many instances, old materials must be completely removed and replaced.

Testing and Traditional Treatment

Seeing a medical doctor may be the first course in the long process of treating mold exposure.  Allergy specialists can conduct skin prick tests to determine specific allergic reactions and medications to help treat symptoms.  Further, in some cases in which mold has colonized in the lungs, sputum cultures must be collected and sent to a lab for testing.  Different molds can be identified.  Common molds known to colonize in the lungs and other organs are:

·      Aspergillus

·      Candida

·      Scedosporium

·      Exophialia dermatitidis

·      Acrophialophora fusispora

·      Trichosporun

These molds can create problems breathing, including shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing and sinus irregularities.  Headaches and migraines can also accompany a mold infection.  Typically, there are two primary medications used to treat fungal infections:  Itraconazole and Voriconazole.  Voriconazole is typically administered via IV, while Itraconazole is an oral medication.  These medications are administered twice a day.  Usually, for serious infections, a course of IV medication is followed by months of oral anti-fungal therapy.

Alternative Therapies

Herbal remedies (garlic extract, grapeseed, and olive leaf) are often recommended supplements for long-term anti-fungal therapy.  There are also essential oils that have been proven to kills specific types of mold and fungus:  oregano, garlic, tea tree and lavender are common oils to treat fungal infections, as well.  Probiotics are recommended, as well.  Diet is an important part of treating a mold infection.  Sugar and artificial sweeteners should be banned from the diet.  Fruits and vegetables should be aplenty in an anti-fungal diet.  Building immunity with vitamin-rich foods is important to fight the infection and make the internal environment less attractive for opportunistic fungal infections. 

Chiropractic Care for Mold Infection

How can chiropractic care help with mold infection?  Simply, chiropractic helps every system to work optimally.  Studies show people who receive regular adjustments have a stronger immune system.  Chiropractic care improves lung function, circulation and nervous system functioning.  Improved systems allow the body to more effectively fight fungal infection.

Closing Thoughts from Dr. Tali

 

The journey back to health after mold exposure and infection can be long and arduous.  Nagging cough, sinus symptoms, digestive issues and even chronic immune diseases can accompany a mold infection.  Seeking a multi-modality treatment for mold infection that includes a variety of therapies is best for long-term wellness.  Recovering from mold exposure takes time, but it is not impossible.  Let us evaluation your specific concerns at Radiant Health Chiropractic.  . 

In wellness, 

Dr. Tali