If you have been exposed to mold, suspect you have a mold related illness, or suffer from mysterious symptoms that doctors have not been able to explain, then testing for mold or mold toxins (mycotoxins) is in order.
Screening Tests for Mold Exposure
Visual Contrast Sensitivity testing measures your ability to see details at low contrast levels and is often used as a nonspecific test of neurological function. The results of the test can then be used as an aid in the diagnosis of visual system dysfunction.
Symptoms from 13 different clusters of symptoms are commonly found in patients with mold exposure. A positive cluster analysis for mold or biotoxin related illness is the presence of 8 or more of 13 clusters.
Cluster Analysis categories:
2. Weak, assimilation, aching, headache, light sensitivity
3. Memory, word finding
5. Joint, AM stiffness, cramps
6. Unusual skin sensations, tingling
7. Shortness of breath, sinus congestion
8. Cough, thirst, confusion
9. Appetite swings, body temperature regulation, urinary frequency
10. Red eyes, blurred vision, sweats, mood swings, icepick pains
11. Abdominal pain, diarrhea, numbness
12. Tearing, disorientation, metallic taste
13. Static shocks, vertigo
Finding a combination of VCS deficits and positive cluster analysis results in a 98.5% accuracy shown for chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS) with a 1.5% total source of abnormalities in false positives plus false negatives.
Lab Tests for Mold Exposure
- CIRS labs
- Mycotoxin testing – Great Plains Laboratory, Real Time Labs or Vibrant Wellness Mycotoxin
- Environmental Mold testing – ERMI or HERTSMI through Envirobiomics or Myometrics ERMI