Is all mold harmful?  To put it simply….No.  And not all people are sensitive to it …

The toxic elements that it produces called mycotoxins, fragments and spores are produced in certain environments like a water damaged building.  Certain people with a certain genetic susceptibility are more vulnerable to mold and the toxic elements they produce.  

What are the symptoms of mold toxicity? 

We should ask ….What symptoms in a vulnerable individual does mold toxicity not produce?  It has the ability to affect every body system leading to a wide array of symptoms.

This is not an exhaustive list but will give you an idea…

  • RESPIRATORY:  chronic sinusitis, allergies, shortness of breath, cough, swollen nasal passages, post nasal drip
  • NEUROLOGICAL: brain fog, disorders of executive function (the ability to plan, focus, multitask, and remember instructions), dementia, memory issues, change in vision, attention deficit disorders and autism spectrum disorders1.
  • DIGESTIVE SYMPTOMS: bloat, constipation, diarrhea, food intolerance, food sensitivities, nausea
  • DERMATOLOGICAL: photosensitivity, eczema/rashes, static shocks, recurrent fungal infections, pruritic skin, hives, flushing, hair loss/thinning/slow growth, delayed wound healing, skin reaction to antibiotics
  • REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM:  menstrual cycle changes, infertility, bacterial vaginosis, chronic pelvic pain, recurrent vaginal fungal infections
  • URINARY SYSTEM:  nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, interstitial cystitis, nocturnal polyuria
  • CHRONIC PAIN:  joint pains, fibromyalgia like pain, muscle tightness

I have had mold exposure but this happened years before my symptoms started? 

That is a typical story. Mold illness can start at any time there is exposure to a water damaged building.  Mold can also be passed from mother to fetus in utero and through breast feeding as well as through skin to skin contact, so mold illness can start WAY before you remember your symptoms starting.  

It can be found: 

  • In schools
  • At camp
  • College housing
  • At work
  • On vacation

How do you know if mold is a contributor to your symptoms? 

Some clues that it may be a problem for you…

  1. You develop a new symptom since a “water event”
  2. You develop a new symptom since you moved or took a new job
  3. You’re not responding to your current treatment as expected
  4. Your symptoms are worsening
  5. You have a “gut feeling” something is wrong

What are the health risks associated with exposure?

Mold exposure can cause various health problems, particularly for individuals with allergies, asthma, or weakened immune systems. Common symptoms of mold exposure include nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, skin irritation, and eye irritation.

What are common areas for growth in homes?

It tends to grow in areas with high moisture content, such as bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and areas with leaks or water damage. It can also thrive in poorly ventilated spaces.

What should you do? 

TEST!  First, find a good functional medicine practitioner who can help you assess whether or not it is a factor for you.  The illness can begin years before the symptom onset and the exposure can be years before the symptom onset.  A thorough history and symptom evaluation is crucial.

How can I prevent mold growth in my home?

To prevent mold growth, you should maintain proper ventilation, control humidity levels (ideally between 30% and 50%), fix any water leaks promptly, use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens, and ensure your home has good airflow. Regularly inspect and clean moisture-prone areas, such as air conditioning units, dehumidifiers, and gutters.

Nicole Bladin – Mold Expert in Melbourne Beach, Florida

Ready to take control of your health? Discover if mold affects you today with Nicole Bladin, the leading functional medicine practitioner assessing mold illness in the Melbourne Beach, Florida area. Don’t wait for symptoms to appear – take action now! Book your evaluation with Nicole and start your journey towards better health.

Book a FREE consultation today to see if mold concerns you! 


 1. Ratnaseelan AM, Tsilioni I, Theoharides TC. Effects of Mycotoxins on Neuropsychiatric Symptoms and Immune Processes. Clin Ther. 2018 Jun;40(6):903-917. doi: 10.1016/j.clinthera.2018.05.004. Epub 2018 Jun 5. PMID: 29880330.

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