Mold treatment: CIRS is Preventable
Unlike some chronic conditions, there are ways to avoid contracting a condition like Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS). Keeping moisture under control and keeping buildings maintained is a great start to avoiding CIRS; but when there are mold issues to take care of, remediation is necessary to keep individuals healthy.
Steps to avoid mold exposure
Individuals who believe that they have symptoms of mold allergies, which vary from person to person but can include issues like itchy, watery eyes, scratchy throat, and sneezing, should first conduct a test of the property where they experience the problems most often. The Environmental Relative Moldiness Index test identifies different types of molds that can affect individuals and cause these medical issues.
The test involves analysis of the DNA of the mold inside a location. There are many varieties of molds that are described and grouped by their DNA and characteristics. That knowledge can help individuals to find the appropriate treatments for their mold-caused conditions.
If mold is indeed determined an issue, remediation is a must. As a first step, the Centers for Disease Control calls for removing all items affected by mold, cloth items that cannot be washed in hot water, and especially items that were wet for two days or more.
A homeowner can use bleach to clean mold from surfaces of sinks, floors, cooking surfaces, and materials that are solid. The CDC suggests using no more than 1 cup of bleach per gallon of water, and to use a stiff brush on items that have a rough surface. After rinsing, the item should be dried or left to air dry. Carpeting and other items that cannot be cleaned easily should be removed and replaced. This includes areas of drywall.
In commercial buildings and schools, there are a variety of cleaning methods that depend on the exposure and the amount of mold present in a building. At a minimum, individuals should wear an N95 respirator, gloves, and goggles as they work to remove items from an affected building.
Mold exposure is completely preventable, whether it’s in a person’s home, or in their workplace. The Environmental Protection Agency notes that it is impossible to completely get rid of all molds in a building, but moisture control is extremely important.
No matter whether the building is a personal residence or a commercial building, there are things a property owner can do to reduce the likelihood of mold forming and individuals developing mold related illnesses.
Some of those things include checking for water leaks regularly, in the plumbing, bathrooms, and pipes; checking and replacing seals around doors and windows that do not keep the moisture out; making sure appliances are properly ventilated to keep moisture from building up; and ensuring that drainage is directed away from the foundations of a building so that the water doesn’t weaken the structure of the building over time.
If you know someone who believes that they may be affected by this immune system response, it is possible that they may be misdiagnosed, because many of these symptoms are also signs of other issues. It is important that they see a doctor who is certified in the Shoemaker Protocol to treat CIRS.
Can’t find a doctor near you?
We also encourage patients to suggest their family and naturopathic doctors learn more about becoming a Dr. Shoemaker Protocol Certified Physician in an effort to greatly increase access to proper aid. There are many people suffering from the same symptoms you may be experiencing, with more qualified help, together we can greatly reduce the population of individuals affected by CIRS and other mold causing illnesses.