17 Signs of Mold Illness (And How to Tell If you are at Risk)

In this article we are going to show you the most common warning signs and symptoms of mold illness and how to tell if you’re at risk. And yes, the most important thing – we are going to show you how to protect yourself.

So, how should we start? Well, we would like to ask you a simple question – do you, by any chance, know what’s mold? Well, if your answer is no – then you should definitely read the article below. Because, as we said, in this article we are going to show you the most common signs of mold illness (don’t ignore them), how to tell if you are at risk and the best ways to protect yourself.

What’s mold – mold is a fungus that develops in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae. You should also know that molds reproduce by creating tiny spores that fly in the air and are invisible to the naked eye. The mold spores are omnipresent in the biosphere and are part of the dust in our homes and working places.

Many experts around the world say that the mold spores usually grow in the bathrooms, in rooms that are not well-ventilated, in water-damaged buildings and they can attach to shoes, clothes, furniture, carpets, books, papers, and even pets. They also say that mold produces mycotoxins, toxic chemicals that can prevent protein synthesis, damage macrophage systems, hinder particle clearance in the lung, and increase sensitivity to bacterial endotoxin.

Well, this means that you should be very careful, because excessive exposure to molds can be very harmful to humans and may lead to some serious health problems. The real problem is that most doctors will never diagnose mold illness because the conventional medicine firmly believes that exposure to mold does not represent a big risk for the health. And, as we said before, you should be careful and don’t ignore the warning signs mentioned below.


  • Memory problems, brain fog, and lack of concentration
  • Constant fatigue and malaise
  • Muscle cramping and pains and joint pain without inflammatory arthritis
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Frequent headaches
  • Sensitivity to light, red eyes, and blurred vision
  • Sinus infection, coughing, and shortness of breath
  • Tremors
  • Nerve pain
  • Vertigo
  • Abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea
  • Metallic taste
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Excessive thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Static shocks
  • Sweats (especially night sweats)

So, now you know what’s mold and the most common symptoms of mold illness. Let me ask you another question – do you know what’s mold toxicity? We can answer that for you – mold toxicity is part of chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS).

The famous Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, an author of eight books, including Surviving Mold: Life in the Era of Dangerous Buildings, defines CIRS as an acute and chronic, systemic inflammatory response acquired after an exposure to the interior environment of a water-damaged building with resident toxic organisms, such as fungi, bacteria, actinomycetes, and mycobacterium as well as an inflammagens such as endotoxins, beta glucans,  proteinases, hemolysins, mannans, c-type lectins and possibly spirocyclic drimanes, plus volatile organic compounds.

Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker also says that more almost 24 % of the world’s population is genetically vulnerable to mold toxicity, and 95 % of mold illnesses occur in this subgroup.

And he also said that people who are genetically sensitive to mold can’t recognize specific toxins (like mold) as toxins, and as a result, the toxins get recirculated in their bodies.

As we mentioned before, this means that you should be very careful, because this usually leads to a state of chronic inflammation which requires adequate treatment immediately. And, if this health problem is not treated on time, the inflammatory response and resulting symptoms may last for years.


  • You should remember these 3 things, because they are very important – the history, the symptoms, and the signs consistent with the biotoxin exposure. (And now you probably ask yourself – what this means? Well, when it comes to cases of mold toxicity, history should include exposure to toxin-producing molds as documented by the EPA-approved ERMI test. In other cases, like microcystin or ciguatera, history should include laboratory evidence of exposure or likely exposure).
  • Genetic predisposition to illnesses related to biotoxins, based on HLA susceptible haplotype identification.
  • Documented abnormalities by Visual Contrast Sensitivity (VCS) testing.
  • Biomarkers consistent with the vascular, neuroimmune, and endocrine abnormalities which characterize the CIRS.


  • You should remember this, because it’s the most important thing about mold and mold toxicity – learn more about mold illness. Well, this means that you should find and read Dr. Shoemaker’s amazing book titled “Surviving Mold”.
  • You should hire an environmental professional to perform a visual inspection of your home.
  • And last (but not least important) is that you should work with a physician certified in the Shoemaker Protocol. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You.