Mold Illness and Lyme Disease
Mold illness and Lyme disease can wreak havoc on the body, and can be difficult to treat. If you’ve been struggling with symptoms for years, it may be heartening to find out that there are naturopathic treatment options for both. At Vitality Wellness clinic, we have successfully treated many patients by developing individualized treatment programs which target the specific effects the illnesses are having on the patient’s unique body.
Mold illness, or Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS), is different than a mold allergy. Mold allergy is a short-lived immune response to exposure to a particular mold. CIRS, on the other hand, is a chronic condition causing widespread inflammation and overactive immune system responses in the presence of pathogens in enclosed water-damaged areas. Symptoms include fatigue, brain fog, weakness, vertigo, increased urination, abdominal pain, and impaired memory.
Lyme disease is a bacterial illness that is commonly transmitted through tick bites. It can cause a number of autoimmune responses, such as headaches, fatigue, fever, and rashes. If treated early, it can be cleared up with a 3-month course of antibiotics. However, if left untreated, it can cause serious complications, as well as being more difficult to accurately test for. It’s wise to always check your skin for ticks after hiking or camping, and to use natural insect repellants to avoid bites.
Treatments for Mold Illness and Lyme Disease
Mold exposure can worsen the symptoms of Lyme disease, and having Lyme disease can cause a more severe reaction to mold. The naturopathic treatment for both is similar, and involves a holistic approach to detoxify and strengthen your body. There is no quick fix for either. Even with treatment, it can take years to be fully free of symptoms.
- Medications: Antibiotics and other medications can be used to rid the body of the bacteria which causes Lyme disease, as well as co-infections from molds, viruses, or other bacteria. Then supplements can be taken to restore vitamin or mineral deficiencies. These help strengthen your body’s natural ability to heal.
- Detoxification: The immune system can be boosted using gentle detox methods, such as saunas, hydrotherapy, and colonics.
- Mental Health: Stress and lack of sleep can slow down your body’s healing process. We have supplements that can help balance your hormone levels to help manage stress and promote restful sleep. It’s also important to heal emotionally when you have Lyme disease or another chronic illness.
- Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Chronic inflammation is common to both mold illness and Lyme disease. An anti-inflammatory diet such as the Paleo Diet can help manage symptoms.
At Vitality Wellness Clinic, we understand that healing from mold illness and Lyme disease is a lengthy process, and we will be there to support you every step of the way. For more information about our treatment options, give us a call at (602) 388-1155 and we will be happy to answer all your questions.
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