You’re dragging your feet in and out of bed, pursuing your usual routines with a newfound sluggishness and mental fog. Around the same time, you look up to discover that mold may have been looming over you the entire time.
“Perhaps that could be why,” you think to yourself. “Can mold cause fatigue?”
And the answer? Maybe.
Mold and Malaise
The negative impact mold exposure has on one’s health is all but common knowledge at this point. At the end of the day, most people know at least this much: “Breathing in mold spores is not good for your body.”
But more specifically, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) specifies that most people have an allergic reaction to mold, exhibiting symptoms similar to that of hayfever:
- Itchy/Runny Nose
- Irritated Eyes
- Skin Rashes
- And More
Otherwise, some may experience exacerbated asthma and/or other newfound upper respiratory symptoms. Also note, however, that some individuals’ symptoms are delayed, or otherwise not immediately brought on upon initial exposure.
Where Fatigue Fits Into The Picture
If you’re feeling under the weather because of mold exposure, it’s likely that you’re going to gravitate towards your bed while recovering. But today, researchers are wondering whether mold exposure may be the underlying cause of something a bit more extensive: Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).
For example, a study conducted in 2013 found that many patients with ME/CFS tested positively for having mycotoxins in their urine.
“We present the hypothesis that mitochondrial dysfunction is a possible cause of the health problems of these patients,” according to the study’s conclusion. “The mitochondrial dysfunction may be triggered and accentuated by exposure to mycotoxins.”
Additionally, according to the American Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society, research indicates that many patients living with mold-related illnesses presented immune system commonalities with patients who had been diagnosed with ME/CFS, meaning there could potentially be a correlation between the two.
The Bottom Line
So, does mold cause chronic fatigue? At the end of the day, we are not yet able to say so conclusively.
“Exposure to mold or toxins has been suspected as a trigger for ME/CFS,” the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) explains. “However, associations of specific environmental factors with ME/CFS have not been established.”
That being said, the fact that mold spores can impede one’s physical wellness is undisputed, and if you suspect you may have mold in your property, it’s important to act quickly. That’s why Discreet Air Quality offers comprehensive moisture and mold assessments — because you deserve reliable answers with clear, actionable recommendations.
To learn more about how we can help you optimize your property’s indoor air quality — or if you’re ready to schedule your mold assessment — contact us today by calling (754) 702-7019!