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Symptoms & Treatment of Toxic Mold Exposure

Published on December 28th, 2017

Mold spores are present virtually everywhere and are a common source of allergy symptoms. Certain strains of mold, however, can produce toxic vapors that can trigger a chronic inflammatory response in the body, especially in an indoor environment.

Types of Mold Toxins

There are four primary mold-related toxins that can cause illness in humans:

  • Trichothecene is a toxin produced by multiple types of fungi, including so-called black mold. It can also occur naturally in livestock feeds and other foodstuffs.
  • Gliotoxin is produced by several strains of mold that are most prevalent in marine environments.
  • Aflatoxins are produced by certain molds commonly found in the soil, grains, hay, and decaying vegetation. It can also be found in improperly stored foods, such as corn, rice, seeds, nuts, and chili peppers.
  • Ochratoxins are produced by certain molds found in red wine, coffee, cereals, and dried fruits.

Symptoms of Toxic Mold Exposure

Depending on the extent of the exposure, the symptoms of toxic mold exposure can vary from minor to debilitating.

Exposure to toxic mold can produce allergy-like symptoms, including:

  • itchy eyes,
  • sinus problems,
  • shortness of breath,
  • upper respiratory symptoms, and
  • rashes.

Neurological symptoms may include:

  • decreased balance and coordination,
  • decreased visual field,
  • tremors,
  • peripheral neuropathy,
  • vertigo, and
  • light sensitivity.

Mold exposure can also affect gastrointestinal and urinary function resulting in increased urination, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

Over the long term, the autoimmune reaction triggered by toxic mold exposure can cause cognitive and behavioral changes, including:

  • short-term memory loss,
  • impaired judgment,
  • rapid mood swings, and
  • decreased concentration.

Treating Toxic Mold Syndrome

In addition to having the mold removed from the home by a professional mold remediation service, individuals exposed to potentially toxic mold should immediately consult their primary care physician if they start to experience any unusual symptoms to determine the most appropriate course of treatment.

Fusion Rx Compounding Pharmacy also provides medications for treatment of symptoms from toxic mold exposure.

Is It Safe To Take Expired Medicine?

Published on May 13th, 2017

With the high cost of prescription and over-the-counter medications, patients often want to know if it is safe to take the expired medication sitting in their medicine cabinet in order to save money. The safety of expired drugs really depends on a variety of factors, including the type of medication, how it has been stored, and how long it has been expired.

A medication’s expiration date indicates how long the manufacturer guarantees the drug’s maximum efficacy. Pharmaceutical companies tend to be conservative with medication expiration dates, especially with over-the-counter medications. Aspirin and other common over-the-counter drugs are often effective and perfectly safe for several years past the assigned expiration date provided that they were not exposed to extreme temperatures, moisture, or direct sunlight.
Prescription medications, on the other hand, should not be used after the expiration date. Liquid medications, eye drops, and ear drops are no longer sterile once the seal is opened and can quickly become contaminated. Nitroglycerin tablets used to treat chest pain lose their potency quickly, especially if not stored properly. It is also never advisable to take leftover antibiotics. If the medication has lost any of its potency, it will not adequately address the infection. Without consulting a doctor, it is also impossible to know if the particular antibiotic is the right one to treat the infection.

If there is any doubt about an expired medication’s safety, the best option is to dispose of it properly through a community “drug take back” program.

The pharmacists and staff of our compounding pharmacy are always happy to answer any questions that you may have about your medications and medication safety.

  • It is rare to find health professionals who are so willing to educate the patient on what they need to know.

    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA