Have you long found yourself fatigued, with a constant headache, or have you noticed blurred vision and muscle cramps after experiencing moisture problems in your home? It may be related to exposure to mycotoxins.

Mycotoxins, toxic substances produced by certain types of molds, represent a significant health risk when present in the domestic environment. Conditions such as dampness, leaks and flooding can create the environment for the growth of these molds, and exposure to their toxins can trigger a wide range of symptoms affecting multiple body systems. In this article, we explore the importance of performing a mycotoxin test in case of suspected exposure and detail some of the most common symptoms that could indicate mold-related illness.



Common symptoms of mold exposure

Mold exposure illness can manifest itself in many ways because it affects a variety of body systems. Here are some of the symptoms that could indicate the presence of mycotoxins in your environment:

  • Fatigue: a persistent feeling of tiredness that does not improve with rest.
  • Weakness: general feeling of weakness and lack of energy.
  • Muscle cramps and spasms: pain and cramps in the muscles without an apparent cause.
  • Unusual pain: sharp or stabbing pains that are not associated with known injuries.
  • Headache and sensitivity to light: frequent headaches and discomfort in bright light.
  • Red eyes and blurred vision: eye irritation and difficulty seeing clearly.
  • Tearing and sinus pain: watery eyes and sinus discomfort.
  • Abdominal pain and diarrhea: gastrointestinal problems such as stomach pain and diarrhea.
  • Joint pain and morning stiffness: stiffness and pain in the joints, especially upon awakening.
  • Cognitive problems: difficulty remembering words, memory and focus problems, decreased learning of new knowledge, confusion and disorientation.
  • Mood and appetite changes: variations in mood and appetite.
  • Night sweats and temperature regulation problems: excessive sweating, especially at night, and difficulty regulating body temperature.
  • Excessive thirst and increased urination: constant need to drink water and urinate frequently.
  • Numbness and tingling: numbness and tingling sensations in different parts of the body.
  • Dizziness, metallic taste and tremors: dizziness, a metallic taste in the mouth and involuntary tremors.


Why is it crucial to perform a mycotoxin study?

If you experience several of these symptoms, it is essential to consider the possibility of mycotoxin exposure in your home. Performing a mycotoxin study can be crucial for several reasons:

  1. Accurate diagnosis: Identifying the presence of mycotoxins in your body allows a proper diagnosis, which is essential for the effective treatment of symptoms.
  2. Prevention of long-term complications: Continued exposure to mycotoxins can lead to chronic health problems. Detecting and eliminating the source of exposure can prevent future complications.
  3. Improved quality of life: By addressing the root cause of your symptoms, you can experience a significant improvement in your quality of life.
  4. Home safety: A mycotoxin survey can also reveal underlying structural problems in the home, such as leaks and dampness, which sometimes go unnoticed because they are behind cabinets, wallpaper, floorboards, etc.

What does this analysis include?

A mycotoxin study must be comprehensive and specific to ensure accurate diagnosis and effective intervention. Key components of the study include:

  • Specific clinical history: detailed collection of symptoms and history of mold and mycotoxin exposure. This clinical history helps to identify patterns and correlations between exposure and symptoms.
  • Urine mycotoxin test: analysis of urine samples to detect the presence of mycotoxins in the body. This test is crucial to confirm exposure and assess the level of toxicity.
  • Visual contrast sensitivity test: assessment of visual capacity by means of the VCS test, to detect possible neurological effects caused by exposure to mycotoxins. Alterations in vision may be an important indicator of toxicity.
  • American home mycotoxin test: comprehensive analysis of the home environment to identify the presence of mycotoxins in the air and on surfaces. This test helps to locate the sources of contamination and to plan remediation actions.



Exposure to mycotoxins is an environmental health problem that should not be underestimated. If you suspect that your home may be contaminated due to dampness, leaks, flooding or contaminated food, it is crucial to perform a mycotoxin test. Detecting and mitigating these risks can be essential for you and your family’s well-being, ensuring a healthy and safe home environment.

If you have several of the above symptoms and you have also been exposed to mold, dampness, etc., I recommend a detailed evaluation and consider the possibility of a mycotoxin test.

Your health and the health of your family may depend on it.

Dr. Carmen Romero