Mold sickness is tricky. With symptoms including memory problems, fatigue, muscle cramps, joint pain, sensitivity to light, and many others, mold sickness is very hard to diagnose. This is only one of the reasons why mold sickness often flies under the radar. Only around a quarter of people are generally susceptible to it, and when they get it, they sometimes get treated as if they have an allergy. And mold sickness is everything but an allergy – it sends your immune system into overdrive and causes a chronic inflammation, which is a serious health issue.

First Line of Defense – Stay Informed

If you’re having symptoms you feel might be related to mold sickness, the first thing you should do would have to be going to a doctor. However, because mold sickness is often misdiagnosed, you should try to collect as much information as possible about mold sickness. It goes without saying that you should never try to diagnose and treat yourself – even doctors shouldn’t treat themselves – but you need to be informed so that you can recognize when you’re not being treated for the disease you have. The ultimate authority on mold sickness is a doctor named Ritchie Shoemaker. He has a website, and has published a book about the dangers of mold sickness, and those would be the best places to start getting informed.

Check Your House

If you want to be sure whether you have mold sickness, you should test your home for mold. To get mold sickness, you need to be exposed to mold and your home is one of the most likely places where such an exposure could happen. This is where mold inspectors come into play. They are professionals who are trained in identifying whether or not a home has mold issues, and they are invaluable when you want to make sure you’ve been exposed to mold in your home. Inspectors can perform a visual inspection in which they would look for mold in all the places it can occur. They can also perform an Environmental Relative Moldiness Index testing, EMRI testing. EMRI is a scientific testing that is used to identify and quantify a large number of molds. With the results you get from it, you could be a step closer to determining whether or not you’ve been exposed to mold.

Find a Good Doctor

Dr. Shoemaker has developed a protocol for treating mold sickness. Some doctors get training in this protocol, and you should find one of them if you want to make sure you’ll get a correct diagnosis and the right treatment. A part of the determining the diagnosis might also involve a test to see whether you’re a member of the quarter of humanity who is susceptible to mold sickness.

Your house will need a doctor too if it’s found to have mold. Some small patches of mold you might even take care of on your own, but it’s always a better idea to have a professional deal with it. Just like mold sickness, mold can also be tricky, and getting rid of it completely isn’t always that easy to do.