How Toxic Black Mold Can Impact Mental and Neurological Health

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How Toxic Black Mold Can Impact Mental and Neurological Health

The trichothecene mycotoxins produced by toxic black mold are neurotoxic. This means they can kill neurons in the brain and impair a person's mental ability. They also cause nervous disorders such as tremors and can cause personality changes such as mood swings and irritability.

·         Confusion
·         Shock
·         Brain fog
·         Anxiety
·         Shortened attention span
·         Depression
·         Difficulty concentrating and paying 
·         Aggression and other personality
·         Slowed reflexes
·         Tingling
·         Disorientation
·         Trembling
·         Dizziness
·         Shaking
·         Memory loss and memory problems
·         Seizures
·         Impaired learning ability
·         Numbness
·         Hallucinations
Mold spores can spread to every corner of your house because of cross-contamination. Healthy people can experience many annoying or even dangerous symptoms due to the presence of mold. People with compromised immune systems, children and the elderly are especially impacted.
Mental and Neurologic Symptoms:

Extended exposure to mold can lead to health effects such as memory loss, depression and many other neurological issues. The toxins released from an indoor mold called Stachybotrys chartarum are extremely toxic to nerve cells. In addition to being neurotoxins, they suppress the immune system, leading to decreased levels of antibodies and lymphocytes. Stachybotrys, a black and slimy mold, requires a very damp environment to flourish. Stachybotrys is also known as “black mold” or “toxic black mold”. These are linked with poor indoor air quality that arises after fungal growth on water-damaged building materials (plywood, wallpaper, drywall & carpet). Stachybotrys has also been associated with “Sick Building Syndrome”.

Molds are toxins, and some research has indicated that these toxins can affect the nervous system or the immune system or impede the function of the frontal cortex, the part of the brain that plays a part in impulse control, memory, problem solving, sexual behavior, socialization and spontaneity.
Your children and family are your top priority and maintaining their health is imperative. If you are concerned you may have mold in your home and it could be impacting you and your loved ones, please contact a mold professional. Please visit our Resources and Information page on our website at for more information or call us at 585-235-6182.


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