Where can I get tested for mold exposure?
If you are in the Carmel, IN area, there is no better place to start seeking help for mold exposure than Health and Wellness of Carmel. Dr. Thomas has done an extensive amount of work and research in developing the best treatments in treating individuals who have had exposure to mold. He is a representative of the Surviving Mold community and takes great pride in the work he and his community provides in the treatment of mold exposure.
What kind of doctor treats mold exposure?
If you believe you need to see a doctor due to exposure to mold, it is most common to see a general practitioner or family doctor first to be treated and provide any necessary referrals to specific specialists. There are various kinds of specialists an individual may see who has had contact with mold. It all depends in what way the reaction to mold has developed in the body. For example, if mold has created an infection in the lungs, a pulmonary specialist may be considered for specialty care. If the patient were to have allergies to mold, then a specialist who works with allergies, or possibly an infectious disease physician will be necessary to help treat the individual.
What are the symptoms of mold exposure?
There are several forms of mold, commonly named by color. As the type of mold grows, it will show the color. There is pink mold, red mold, white mold, green mold, and black mold.
Black mold is hazardous and is a poisonous form of mycotoxicosis. Mycotoxins are what is released from the black mold, which is then breathed in by the individual who is working with or near it. If an individual breathes in mycotoxins, after a period, this will create the mycotoxicosis or black mold poisoning.
Black mold poisoning can look like an upper respiratory infection. This will present itself like a cold or the flu. However, more severe symptoms can present themselves, especially if an individual has a weakened immune system due to other physical ailments. Symptoms of black mold poisoning include:
- a sore or itchy throat
- a stuffy nose
- a runny nose
- itchy skin or eyes
- red eyes
Continuous exposure to black mold can lead to worsening symptoms and respiratory conditions. Individuals who suffer from various forms of asthma, may also see a significant increase in their asthma symptoms, or even see newer symptoms such as:
- allergic reactions
- difficulty breathing
- persistent coughing
- frequent chest colds
- general fatigue and lethargy
- inflammation of the sinuses
And in some, rare cases, continued, long-term exposure to significant levels of black mold exposure and their toxins can lead to even the more severe presentation of symptoms such as the following:
- sensitivity to light
- general pain and cramps
- memory loss
- trouble concentrating
- nerve issues, such as numbness in the hands and feet
- unexplained weight gain
How is mold exposure treated?
There are several forms of mold exposure treatment. Here at Health and Wellness of Carmel, we will work with you to adopt the best interventions for you, your lifestyle, and your symptoms. Here is a list of some of the more common mold exposure treatments:
- Antihistamines. These are your typical over the counter (OTC) medications. These can also require a prescription, depending on brand and dosage. They come in a variety of applications from nasal sprays, tablets, and even eye drops. These forms of medications are used to decrease the symptoms of allergic reactions.
- Decongestants. These medications are also offered over the counter. These medications help with short term relief from the inability to breath due to blocked nasal passages. Common decongestants are Sudafed and Vicks Sinex.
- Steroids. These medications require a prescription and help with the reductions of inflammation. In many cases, an individual experiencing an allergic reaction will have swelling of their airway, which will make it difficult to breathe. Steroids can help with a decrease in inflammation. These come in various forms such as creams, tablets, sprays, and drops.
- Immunotherapy. These are allergy shots that help build an individual’s tolerance to the allergen they are exposed to. By gradually and safely introducing the allergen to the individual, it will build up their ability to fight off any symptoms. This is a long-term treatment that must be done with the supervision of a medical professional and requires months to years to develop
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact our facility today at (317) 720-3824. We are located at 11900 N. Pennsylvania St, Suite 200, Carmel, IN 46032 near Westfield, Indiana. You can find us between E. 116 St and N. Meridian St.
We look forward to treating you.