Dizzy in the Mold, Not the Head

There’s a correlation between mold, migraines and vertigo.

By Kevin RR Williams

HEALTH One of the most difficult health conditions to effectively diagnose is vertigo. Paradoxically, it seems it is becoming more common too. Doctors quickly isolate it as a vestibular or even neurological issue. But treatment options are often limited to prescriptions for nausea, diuretics for Ménière’s Disease and psychotic drugs migraines. Patients may also be introduced to a long list of surgical procedures for vestibular dysfunction. [1]

  • Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma) Removal
  • Canal Partitioning (Canal Plugging)
  • Chemical Labyrinthectomy
  • Cholesteatoma Removal
  • Cochlear Dialysis
  • Endolymphatic Sac Decompression
  • Labyrinthectomy
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Oval or Round Window Plugging
  • Pneumatic Equalization (PE) Tubes
  • Stapedectomy
  • Ultrasound Surgery
  • Vestibular Nerve Section

If the remedy is dietary, quick resolution may be possible. But compounding symptoms such as migraines and fatigue that interfere with daily functions lead patients to seek professional medical intervention.

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Many vertigo sufferers work their way through progressively stronger prescriptions and more invasive procedures without relief. If a causative agent is not eliminated, side effects from drugs only compound the symptoms. Therefore, patients may be plagued by chronic disorientation and migraines for many months or years.

Mold at the Root of the Problem

How many otolaryngologists or primary-care physicians inquire about the existence of black mold or test for allergies? Most empirically treat symptoms. Even if mold or mildew is a suspected irritant, typical flu-like symptoms (itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, asthma) and dermatological reactions are frequently indicated. So mold-induced vertigo is rarely a consideration.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, "Although a mold allergy is the most common problem caused by exposure to mold, mold can cause illness without an allergic reaction.… A toxic reaction to mold is a result of much exposure to substances called mycotoxins. As with an irritant reaction, the symptoms of a toxic reaction may also include flu-like symptoms, eye and skin irritation, and breathing troubles. You may also experience headaches, nervousness, dizziness, difficulty concentrating and extreme fatigue." [2] Those with a history of asthma or compromized immune system can be more sensitive to mycotoxins. (See Mental and Neurological Symptoms sidebar.)

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Medical literature distinguishes between migraines, dizziness and vertigo. Dizziness may be defined as a feeling of faintness or lightheadedness. However, symptoms can overlap, making diagnosis a bit more difficult.

How Mold Gets in the Home

Ever-present molds grow naturally in the environment. Their spores carried by wind currents, enter homes through open doorways, windows, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Spores in the air outside also attach themselves to people and animals, making clothing, shoes, bags, and pets convenient vehicles for carrying mold indoors. [3]

Once a person is removed from the toxic black mold, most symptoms should gradually subside. Some health problems caused by toxic black mold can be permanent. A person who has lived with toxic black mold may have a weakened immune system that is more sensitive to mold and mycotoxins in the future. [4]

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When mold spores drop on places where there is excessive moisture, they proliferate. Moisture can accumulate in basements, crawlspaces, under sinks, behind refrigerators, washing machines, and lurk beneath bathroom wallpaper or wood paneling. A musty smell, bubbling linoleum, peeling paint, curling wallpaper or brass pipes turning green are signals to take action, though, ideally, you wish to do so before it becomes evident.

Stagnant water not only breeds mold and mildew, it attracts mosquitos. So it's true; your house or apartment can be making you sick. Hence, it is critically important to care for any plumbing leaks or flooding immediately. The costly repairs when black mold takes root behind walls, under carpet and beneath floorboards can make your head spin. Check your home for mold to stay A Bit More Healthy.

Tags: alternative health, chronic fatigue, CFS, ENT, illness, Menieres, sickness, tired

References
  1. Surgical Procedures for Vestibular Dysfunction. vestibular.org ^
  2. Mold allergy. mayoclinic.com ^
  3. Fate and transport of molds in the environment. enhs.umn.edu ^
  4. Toxic Black Mold Symptoms. blackmold.awardspace.com ^