There has been a lot of talk about mold and mold toxicity in the news for quite some time now. Studies from many organizations, including the World Health Organizations and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the effects of mold on the body agree that living and working in a mold-damaged environment increases your risk of developing neurological and respiratory conditions. However, there is still difficulty in diagnosing and treating mold toxicity and traditional and holistic treatments do not offer guaranteed treatment. But there is hope as recent studies indicate that the symptoms of mold exposure and toxicity can be remedied through hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).
Using Hyperbaric Chamber for Mold Toxicity Treatment
One of the respiratory conditions caused by mold exposure is aspergillosis. This serious condition is caused by a mold known as Aspergillus fumigatus and can easily cause death in people with weakened immune systems or chronic lung conditions. This infection can spread from the lungs, in severe cases, through the blood, and into other organs, including the brain.
Medical researchers have discovered that the growth of this fungus in a person’s body can be stopped through the use of a hyperbaric chamber by saturating the body with high levels of oxygen. What the high concentration of oxygen does is it enhances the ability of the patient’s body to metabolize the toxins of the fungus from cells and tissue.
As research to develop other forms of relief for this condition continues, patient’s will have to treat their exposure to mold through regular HBOT treatments. HBOT promotes a strong immune system through flooding the body with oxygen levels that are higher than normal. What this does is it gives the body more strength to fight off the invading fungus and promote healing. The high levels of oxygen also allows the brain to heal in people who this infection has affected brain functions, such as memory.
Other than causing respiratory and neurological issues, mold also triggers an inflammatory response in the body. This inflammation can be reduced on the cellular level by accelerating fibroblast activation and increasing anti-inflammatory cytokinesis.
HBOT, Hyperbaric Oxygen, and Mold Exposure and Toxicity-Related Research and Studies
Several studies are currently being conducted to shed more light into the effects of HBOT for the treatment of conditions caused by exposure to mold and its toxicity.
The American Society for Microbiology published a study that looked at the use of hyperbaric oxygen on Aspergillus fumigatus growth. During the study, the growth of this fungus under the exposure of hyperbaric oxygen was examined in vivo and in vitro.
The mortality rates of Aspergillus fumigatus infections remain high even though many fungal and mold infections can be cured by anti-fungal medications. Researchers believe that the mold reduces the levels of oxygen in the infected tissue and cells. This makes anti-fungal medications less effective in treating the infection. Apart from that, the fungus adapts to this environment and continues growing and spreading. The findings from this study will go a long way in developing HBOT treatments for mold exposure and toxicity.