Tips for Linking Mycotoxin Exposure to the Source

Carrollton, TX, May 17, 2017 — When exposure to mycotoxins produces health-related concerns, people may find themselves needing to track the source of their illness. Doing so may help them pursue available insurance compensation to cover medical costs. It may also prove critical for ensuring a mold-contaminated building is properly mitigated.
“When the source of illness is traced to mycotoxins, those affected should make it a priority to identify the root of the contamination,” says Dr. Dennis Hooper, laboratory director at RealTime Laboratories. “Doing so may prove critical for ensuring continued or repeat exposure does not occur. It may also help with getting landlords, property owners and/or employers to take on necessary mitigation to safely remove mold from the environment.”
Confirming the source of contamination will call for having a suspected location tested. Mold testing called Environmental Relative Moldiness Index testing and environmental mycotoxin testing should be performed. It the results show the same mycotoxins in the environment that were detected in a personal panel test, the source has likely been found and the connection made. Test results can then be submitted to employers, for example, to advocate for worker’s compensation coverage if medical expenses have been incurred. The same results may also encourage a property owner to work with an environmental inspector to mitigate mold in the environment.
“Certain mycotoxins have been confirmed through well-documented laboratory studies to cause damage on the cellular level in humans,” says Dr. Hooper. “Identifying the source of this type of poisoning is crucial for preventing further exposure while opening the door for mitigation to occur.”
If exposure has occurred in a personally owned property, it is still critical to confirm mold presence. Working with an environmental inspector can be important for restoring the property to safe condition.
To find out more about mycotoxins and the threat they posed to people, visit RealTimeLab.com online.

About RealTime Laboratories Inc
RealTime Labs (RTL) is the only clinical laboratory certified by CAP and CLIA to perform mycotoxin testing on humans. The test uses human urine and we perform an ELISA test to determine the presence or absence of 15 of the most toxic mycotoxins. The tests are generally ordered and given to the patient during an office visit. To date, more than 100,000 tests have been performed and our provider base is over 2000 physicians.

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Mold and Mycotoxins: Impacts They May Have on Health

Carrollton, TX, May 17, 2017 — Most people are familiar with black mold and the impacts it may have on human health. What they may not realize is that the potential conditions associated with mold exposure go well beyond those publicized in connection with black mold.
“Mycotoxins are small molecules that are produced by toxigenic mold strains commonly found in homes and buildings that have suffered water damage,” explains Dr. Dennis Hooper, laboratory director at RealTime Laboratories. “These toxic molecules can enter the human body through inhalation, ingestion and skin contact. When mycotoxins capable of harming humans are involved in exposure, they may promote the development of chronic conditions or potentially life-threatening acute illnesses.”
The exact impacts mycotoxins may have on a person will vary based upon the type of molecule involved in the exposure and the level of contamination evidenced, as well as other factors. Some of the health conditions and concerns mycotoxins have been associated with include neurotoxicity, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, some forms of cancer, acute pulmonary hemorrhage and aplastic anemia, as well as other concerns.
“Exposure to harmful mycotoxins may cause a number of problems in human cell function,” says Dr. Hooper. “The effects are well-documented in laboratory studies. Presence of harmful mycotoxins in the body does indicate a need for those exposed to seek out medical advice.”
When exposure to mycotoxins is the suspected cause of illness, confirmation of contamination may lead to more effective treatments. If contamination is suspected without symptoms present, mycotoxin screening panels may help affected individuals avoid further exposure while potentially lowering risks for the development of associated health conditions.
“Mold is a perfectly natural organism found in the environment,” says Dr. Hooper. “When it develops in indoor spaces, however, the mycotoxins produced can create serious health concerns. If contamination is suspected, testing can provide patients and their doctors with critical information to safeguard health.”
To find out more about mycotoxins and the impacts they may have on the body, visit RealTimeLab.com online.

About RealTime Laboratories Inc.
RealTime Labs (RTL) is the only clinical laboratory certified by CAP and CLIA to perform mycotoxin testing on humans. The test uses human urine and we perform an ELISA test to determine the presence or absence of 15 of the most toxic mycotoxins. The tests are generally ordered and given to the patient during an office visit. To date, more than 100,000 tests have been performed and our provider base is over 2000 physicians.

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Mold Contamination at Home Demands Fast Action

Carrollton, TX, May 17, 2017 — Anyone who has walked into a bathroom that has a musty, mildew odor has likely been exposed to mold or fungi. While not every mold that grows inside a home is associated with serious health concerns, many are. That is precisely why it can be important to follow a multi-step plan of attack at the first whiff of trouble.
“Mold growth is strongly associated with areas of water damage found inside homes or other structures,” says Dr. Dennis Hooper, laboratory director at RealTime Laboratories. “Mold becomes a problem if the strain found inside a home is capable of producing harmful mycotoxins. These poisonous molecules are associated with such conditions as chronic fatigue, kidney toxicity, respiratory complaints and even some forms of cancer.”
To safeguard health and protect property from further contamination when mold growth is suspected by that whiff test or is visually evidenced, it can be important to take these steps:
• Contact an environmental inspector – These professionals can help identify and mitigate mold found in indoor spaces. They may order a test known as the Environmental Relative Moldiness Index to determine the type of mold spores found in a building. Mycotoxin testing may also be requested at this time.
• Get tested personally – Mycotoxin panel tests can determine if a person has been contaminated by potentially harmful molecules through inhalation, ingestion or skin contact. The best panel tests check for 15 of the most commonly found mycotoxins in home-based molds.
• Follow through with the results – If an environmental inspection reveals concerns, follow through on the mitigation advice offered. Removing damaged materials, such as drywall, may be recommended to help eliminate mold. Fixing the source of the water damage will also be a must. Professionals with the right equipment to safeguard against mold and mycotoxin exposure should perform this work. Also, be sure to follow up on personal mycotoxin test results. If exposure is confirmed, check with a healthcare provider for next steps.
“When mold and mycotoxins are found in a home, it is important to follow through on all mitigation recommendations,” stresses Dr. Hooper. “Doing so can safeguard human health while also preventing a home from suffering further damage.”
To find out more about mycotoxins and the threat they pose to people, visit RealTimeLab.com online.

About RealTime Laboratories Inc.
RealTime Labs (RTL) is the only clinical laboratory certified by CAP and CLIA to perform mycotoxin testing on humans. The test uses human urine and we perform an ELISA test to determine the presence or absence of 15 of the most toxic mycotoxins. The tests are generally ordered and given to the patient during an office visit. To date, more than 100,000 tests have been performed and our provider base is over 2000 physicians.

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Mold and Mycotoxins: Impacts They May Have on Health

RealTime Laboratories’ director talks about conditions associated with mycotoxin exposure.
Carrollton, TX, May 17, 2017 — Most people are familiar with black mold and the impacts it may have on human health. What they may not realize is that the potential conditions associated with mold exposure go well beyond those publicized in connection with black mold.
“Mycotoxins are small molecules that are produced by toxigenic mold strains commonly found in homes and buildings that have suffered water damage,” explains Dr. Dennis Hooper, laboratory director at RealTime Laboratories. “These toxic molecules can enter the human body through inhalation, ingestion and skin contact. When mycotoxins capable of harming humans are involved in exposure, they may promote the development of chronic conditions or potentially life-threatening acute illnesses.”
The exact impacts mycotoxins may have on a person will vary based upon the type of molecule involved in the exposure and the level of contamination evidenced, as well as other factors. Some of the health conditions and concerns mycotoxins have been associated with include neurotoxicity, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, some forms of cancer, acute pulmonary hemorrhage and aplastic anemia, as well as other concerns.
“Exposure to harmful mycotoxins may cause a number of problems in human cell function,” says Dr. Hooper. “The effects are well-documented in laboratory studies. Presence of harmful mycotoxins in the body does indicate a need for those exposed to seek out medical advice.”
When exposure to mycotoxins is the suspected cause of illness, confirmation of contamination may lead to more effective treatments. If contamination is suspected without symptoms present, mycotoxin screening panels may help affected individuals avoid further exposure while potentially lowering risks for the development of associated health conditions.
“Mold is a perfectly natural organism found in the environment,” says Dr. Hooper. “When it develops in indoor spaces, however, the mycotoxins produced can create serious health concerns. If contamination is suspected, testing can provide patients and their doctors with critical information to safeguard health.”
To find out more about mycotoxins and the impacts they may have on the body, visit RealTimeLab.com online.

About RealTime Laboratories Inc.
RealTime Labs (RTL) is the only clinical laboratory certified by CAP and CLIA to perform mycotoxin testing on humans. The test uses human urine and we perform an ELISA test to determine the presence or absence of 15 of the most toxic mycotoxins. The tests are generally ordered and given to the patient during an office visit. To date, more than 100,000 tests have been performed and our provider base is over 2000 physicians.

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Steps to Take After Mycotoxin Exposure is Confirmed

Carrollton, TX, May 17, 2017 — Mycotoxins are poisons created and released by molds and fungi. While many mycotoxins are largely harmless to humans, this is not always the case. Some mycotoxins, such as the type associated with black mold, can create serious health concerns when humans are contaminated through ingestion, inhalation or skin contact. If a laboratory test has confirmed the presence of harmful mycotoxins in the body, there are several steps affected individuals will want to take to safeguard their health and help eliminate concerns about repeat exposure.
“The exact protocol to follow will depend on the mycotoxin or mycotoxins revealed in a panel test,” says Dr. Dennis Hooper, laboratory director at RealTime Laboratories. “One of the first priorities after confirmation, however, should be to discuss results with a healthcare provider to determine what, if any, mitigating treatments may be necessary. Depending on the exposure involved, certain treatments, such as antifungals, antioxidants, Glutathione and FIR Sauna may be recommended.
It is also strongly recommended that people confirmed to have mycotoxin contamination not return to the environment where exposure occurred unless mitigation work has taken place. Depending on the environment and the contamination involved, mold testing called Environmental Relative Moldiness Index may be an important consideration. An ERMI test is designed to determine the type and number of mold spores found in samples taken from a building’s interior. These results can indicate the need for decontamination by an environmental inspector. ERMI tests may also be useful for getting landlords or employers to recognize contaminated environments.
“Depending on the toxins involved, mycotoxin exposure can promote the development of serious health conditions.” says Dr. Hooper. “That makes reviewing results with a healthcare provider critical. Making sure to avoid repeat exposure is also vital for safeguarding health over the long run.”
To find out more about mycotoxin exposure and steps to take if it’s confirmed, visit RealTimeLab.com online.

About RealTime Laboratories Inc.
RealTime Labs (RTL) is the only clinical laboratory certified by CAP and CLIA to perform mycotoxin testing on humans. The test uses human urine and we perform an ELISA test to determine the presence or absence of 15 of the most toxic mycotoxins. The tests are generally ordered and given to the patient during an office visit. To date, more than 100,000 tests have been performed and our provider base is over 2000 physicians.

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