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Household Mold May Lead to Chronic Dizziness

Review on July 22, 2015

A silent but odious health hazard lurks in up to half of all homes across the U.S. and Canada. Oftentimes, its victims won't even realize they are being affected until a medley of unpleasant symptoms ranging from sinus infections to dizziness reveal themselves. According to a study conducted, almost all of the 37 million Americans suffering from chronic sinus problems were experiencing them because of household mold exposure.

While such symptoms can be undetected or misdiagnosed as a common cold, when dizziness is a symptom, the problem of mold becomes more serious. Those more likely to be affected by mold tend to be those already suffering from allergies. In extreme cases, some patients have reported their dizziness reaching a level of severity where even walking down the street can be challenging.

One of the most toxic household mold types is called Stachybotrys atra and is typically a greenish-black color. It often grows in houses that have suffered water damage, as it thrives in damp environments. In addition to causing dizziness, it has been linked to memory and hearing loss, difficulty concentrating, and bleeding in the lungs. Prolonged exposure can exacerbate all of these symptoms. To effectively determine whether your dizziness and other symptoms are mold-related, record whether the symptoms you're experiencing persist when traveling away from home.

Stachybotrys atra

One factor that contributes to people not realizing they have a mold problem is that mold comes in almost any color. Green, black, white, or yellow are the most common variations. When mold grows in dark, damp locations, like behind cabinets, it can be remain undetected until the home is completely infested. Even more of a concern is that mold can grow within the human body. Once a colony establishes itself, it will multiply until a person exhibits dizziness or bleeding lungs, two of the most severe symptoms.

Fortunately, if you are experiencing dizziness related to mold, there are ways of finding relief. Identifying the problem and maintaining a clean, dry household is central. Avoiding foods such as mushrooms and old leftovers in the refrigerator will also help. Sadly, in extreme cases of dizziness, it may be necessary to move.

If your symptoms are a cause for concern, make an appointment to visit your doctor.

  • "Mold: A Health Alert", USA Weekend Magazine
  • "Mold, Can it Make You Sick?" KTVU Special Report, 2002