Woman Says She Got Dementia From Mold; the case is rare, but it happens – 08/25/2022

An Australian woman said she had madness because of a mold infestation in his house. When I was 37, in 2016, to like Skilton discovered the problem after feeling various symptoms in the body.

“My brain was fine and my body was fine,” the nutritionist said in an interview with the website. new, from Australia. “I started getting sick, visibly sick, about two months later,” he explained.

Amie reported allergies, fatigue and weight gain. After a few months, she noticed that her brain function also started to decline. The Australian was struggling to concentrate and work. At some point he forgot his own name.

“One day I went to fill out a form and I was looking at the box that had my name on it and I was like, ‘What the hell is this again?'” she said, describing the horror to forget something “deeply personal”.

Can yeast infections cause dementia?

In Brazil, according to data from the Healthy Construction Movement, which brings together the main companies in the waterproofing market, approximately 80% of properties have infiltration problems, which cause humidity and, therefore, give rise to mould, an undesirable tenant who can be extremely harmful to health.

Mold is a fungus, best known for Aspergillus fumigatus and, when it reproduces, it forms colonies and it is these which give that dark, grayish or greenish appearance to walls and objects.

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Although rare, it can cause dementia. But first, it must be understood that dementias do not only include Alzheimer’s. There are several types that come in the list, such as madness frontotemporal (FTD), bodily dementia lewis and senile dementia.

Dementia is a clinical condition that is nothing more than memory impairment plus impairment of other cognitive functions. It can be a problem of language, writing, reading, among others. Leonardo Valente Camargo, neurologist, assistant professor at PUCPR (Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná).

According to the doctors, it is possible that central nervous system infections with fungi cause cognitive and memory loss, for example, but not in the way described by the Australian.

In part of the article, she says she was referred to a neurologist who diagnosed her with “inhaled Alzheimer’s disease,” which doctors say doesn’t exist. “Mould can cause dementia, but not Alzheimer’s disease, as described in the report”, reinforces the doctor, also head of the neurology department at Evangelico Hospital in Londrina.

According to Camargo, the fungus reaches the central nervous system through inhalation, and the respiratory system suffers the most. Once present in the area, depending on the location, the fungus can cause symptoms of dementia.

“It can lead to transient dysfunction, and with the right treatment, an antifungal, you decrease the inflammatory process and improve the clinical condition of the person,” explains the neurologist. Today, at 42, Amie said after treating the disease she was healthy, with “normal” cognitive function – proving she couldn’t have Alzheimer’s disease, since the disease has no cure.

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What else can mold cause?

Much more common than dementia, mold tends to affect the respiratory system more, causing irritative and inflammatory processes, resulting in a range of symptoms, such as coughing, malaise, sneezing, stuffy nose, fatigue, runny nose and difficulty in to breathe. rhinitissinusitis, asthma, bronchitis and ringworm.

Depending on the immunological situation, predisposition and time of exposure to the fungus, some people may develop a more serious condition, called hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

Signs you may be living with mold

  • Sneezing and coughing and frequent asthma attacks without apparent cause;
  • fatigue and shortness of breath;
  • strong smell;
  • Dark stains on walls, furniture and clothing.

With information taken from reports published in 01/18/2021 and 04/11/2021.

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