Test For Mycotoxins
Mycotoxin Testing Kits: Now more than ever the potential health effects of mycotoxin, produced by various fungi growing in the indoor environment, are being given serious consideration due to its potential health hazards and a raised awareness of airborne illnesses due to the pandemic. Mycotoxins affect occupants in buildings primarily through inhalation. Using mycotoxin testing kits helps give clarity whether exposure to mycotoxins is occurring or not.
The chemical substance cytotoxins can cause cell disruption and interfere with essential cellular process. Some mycotoxin are potent carcinogens, some are vasoactive, and some penetrate the blood-brain barrier to cause Central Nervous System (CNS) effect. The assessment of the extent of mycotoxin contamination by using the Mycotoxin Test Kit is the essential step in reducing exposure to such toxin and their effects.
The Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory at Pure Air Control Services provides an ELISA based technique (Limit of Detection is 0.14 parts per billion) for the rapid screening of trichothecene mycotoxin.
Suggested Sampling Locations for Mycotoxins:
**IMPORTANT** At least 1 gram (or 1 tablespoon) of solid dust collection is needed for analysis.
1. Carpet: This Mycotoxin Test Kit is designed to collect dust from a carpet, so it’ll be best not to vacuum the floor in advance too closely to the date of the test. (See Sampling Instructions)
2. Heavy Dust Collection: Even If you do not have any carpet to sample, you can collect dust from almost any surface as long as there is a heavy dust build-up available for sampling.
What are Mycotoxin?
Mycotoxins are essentially small molecules and chemical compound generated by fungi (mold) when they feel threatened. They are toxigenic and can be acquainted to a type of defense mechanism, similar to how a squid sprays ink.
A few examples are aflatoxin, ochratoxin A, trichothecenes, and more. Mold types can also produce mycotoxins, such as Alternaria, Aspergillus, Chaetomium, Penicillium, Fusarium, and others.
Perhaps the recognized mycotoxin is Trichothecenes which is toxic in much smaller quantities than many others. Trichothecenes are produced by Stachybotrys, otherwise known as black mold. Just because a Mold type can generate Mycotoxins doesn’t mean that fungi/mold always produce them (think of the squid ink analogy). Mycotoxin Test Kit can help identify the presence of these tiny mold spores if this defense process is actually happening.
Some Mycotoxins are produced by multiple different molds, and some molds can produce multiple different mycotoxins. Mycotoxins travel on tiny spores, growth structures, or other small particles created by fungi and molds.
Common Issues Associated with Mycotoxins
It’s important to understand that multiple different health effects may be caused by mycotoxins, and that these manifestations are influenced by age, genetics, and, sex, of the person being effected.
Common appearances of mycotoxin poisoning may included: chronic fatigue, ADHD, rashes, COPD, depression, cold-like manifestations, rashes, sinus inflammation, eye irritation, aggravation of asthma, inability to concentrate or sluggishness.
Less common mycotoxin instances include dementia, Parkinson’s, and cancer.
Also playing a role in what kind of troubles may be experienced are the number of mycotoxins the individual has absorbed as well as the type of mycotoxin.
Mycotoxins also weaken the immune system, which leads to other secondary infections to occur. Contact your doctor if you are experience troubles like these. It’s important to identify the presence of Mycotoxins by an accredited lab to ensure results are processed accurately and quickly.
Can Mycotoxins Cause Cancer?
Yes, mycotoxins can cause cancer when present in large doses. Aflatoxins are among the most well-known type of mycotoxins because of their high level of toxicity, which can lead to acute liver poisoning called aflatoxicosis. Aflatoxicosis can be life threatening. Also troubling is that aflatoxins are genotoxic, which means they can damage your DNA and can lead to cancer in humans. The physical result of aflatoxicosis includes vomiting, abdominal pain, pulmonary oedema, fatty infiltration, and necrosis of the liver.
Can Aflatoxin (Mycotoxin Poisoning) Be Cured?
According to the FDA, there is no antidote for aflatoxins. Once the presence of mycotoxin is confirmed and the source is identified, the source of aflatoxin contamination must be removed/remediated to prevent continued exposure. Only then can the body begin to get rid of mycotoxins. Mycotoxins should be filtered out by the liver and then escorted out through urine or stool.
DIY Mycotoxin Testing
Testing for Mycotoxin first became common as part of food safety precautions. The most well-studied pathway for mycotoxin exposure is through ingestion, and inhalation. There is a large body of published research regarding the health effects associated with mycotoxin though inhalation and ingestion. These effects can include cancer and neurotoxicity. It is important to test indoor environments for the presence of Mycotoxins with mycotoxin testing kits as the first stage of action toward mitigation/remediation. Get the indoor environmental Mycotoxin Test Kit today.
Mycotoxin Testing Kits
Not all mycotoxin testing kits are created equal. Some mycotoxin test kits advertise “results on-site”, and claim their test “eliminates costs and delays” of sending mycotoxin samples to a lab for testing. The fact is, an accredited laboratory is the ideal facility to conduct mycotoxin analysis and provide quantitative results.
Proper results are obtained in an environment managed by PhD. lab directors, certifier compliant with nationally and world recognized accreditation bodies and with decades of mycotoxin specific experience. Some mycotoxin testing kits claim rapid, objective and quantitative results for a variety mycotoxins, but cannot truly compete with the efficacy of analysis conducted by a world-class accredited microbiological laboratory.
That’s why Building Health Check’s Mycotoxin Testing Kits sample analysis and final reports are provided by Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory, to ensure fast, accurate results, at an unbeatably low price, with no hidden fees.