Mold is found nearly everywhere, and exposure to it is often misdiagnosed in the United States. The spores are small and can be different colors including green, black, white, orange, and purple.
Everyone exposed to mold may react differently. The spores may enter the body by different pathways – by eating contaminated food, through sinus openings, and airways by breathing.
Symptoms of Mold Allergies & Illness
Most mold indicators are caused by mold allergies. Individuals who breathe in mold spores can compromise their immune system. The system reacts to the foreign particles which have entered the body. Symptoms can include inflammation, rashes, breathing distress, cognitive changes, and immune system suppression.
Mold Illness: 21 Symptoms
How to Treat a Mold Illness Naturally
Less Mold-Friendly – Make the home “less friendly” to mold by taking the moisture out. This is done by controlling the amount of moisture in the air. Dehumidifiers can be used as well as air conditioning. The humidity should be below sixty percent (60%). If possible, keeping it between thirty-five percent (35%) and fifty percent (50%) is even better.
Hydrogen Peroxide – If mold is seen, or suspected, create a mixture of hydrogen peroxide (1 tsp added to 1 cup water). Place in a spray bottle and use it to spray on a cloth and wipe moldy areas. Keep the area moist for ten to fifteen minutes. Wipe again with the same solution followed by a baking soda mixture to kill any remaining mold spores.
Baking Soda – Baking soda can be used to kill mold in the home, plus it is safe for humans and animals. The soda is mild and contains mineral powder which will also help absorb moisture, keeping mold away.
Foods – Some foods naturally help the body fight off yeast (mold feeds on yeast). Yogurt is one option along with oranges, tomatoes, and other vitamin C rich foods. These foods also help to alleviate the symptoms of a mold illness.