Mycotoxins are poisonous chemical compounds, which fungi (mold) produces, that are capable of causing illness, disease and even death in humans and other animals. As a result, mold and their mycotoxins are the blame for a wide variety of health issues. Mycotoxins can remain in a home even after professional mold removal and mold clearance pass, therefore we suggest mycotoxin testing to our mold remediation clients. The main types of mycotoxins that mold produces include Aflatoxins, Ochratoxin, Gilotoxin, and Trichothecene. These light weight molecules are not destroyed by traditional mold removal techniques, therefore we recommend mycotoxin testing for anyone that experiences health issues that relate to mold.
Mycotoxin Health Problems
Mycotoxins have many affects on the human cell which, as a result, often results in a number of problems in normal cell functionality. Results may also cause a wide variety of clinical symptoms and diseases. The most common health issues associated with mycotoxins, include:
- Kidney Toxicity
- Immune Suppression
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Aplastic Anemia
- Birth Defects
- Joint Pain
- Internal Bleeding
- Hearing Loss
Should You Consider Mycotoxin Testing?
If you, or anyone in your home, are experiencing any of the issues in the list above or any other health issues and believe that mold and/or mycotoxins is the cause, as a result, you should consider environmental mycotoxin testing. Also, anyone who has had a mold remediation should consider testing since a simple mold remediation does not always rid mycotoxins.
How Environmental Mycotoxin Testing Works
Mycotoxin chemical molecules are very small and light weight, therefore enabling them to travel easily through the air and sticking to dust particles. When gathering a sample, we look for dust to gather and return to the lab. Hence, making the furnace filter a good candidate for dust sampling. We also can take dust from additional areas. Our mycotoxin test detects 15 different mycotoxins, which includes 9 macrocyclic trichothecenes. Testing is done using competitive ELISA, which is a very sensitive detection method using antibodies prepared against mycotoxins.
All mycotoxin testing results are displayed in an easy-to-understand numeric format, showing detection levels in ppb as standardized by the FDA, WHO, CDC and Food Industry for clinical use. Results also tell if the test was positive, negative or equivocal, along with ranges of detection for each.
If you have mycotoxins in your home, yet still need to have a remediation, contact us to learn how we treat mycotoxins.
Furthermore, if you would like to learn more about environmental mycotoxins, feel free to visit the reference links listed below.
- NCBI: Mycotoxins
- Aerosolization of mycotoxins after growth of toxinogenic fungi on wallpaper
- Wikipedia: Mycotoxins