What is CIRS?
Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) is a long-term, crippling illness that is caused by being exposed to mold biotoxins, common in buildings that have been damaged by water.
The body reacts to the biotoxins by creating inflammation, which can lead to a wide range of symptoms like tiredness, headaches, joint pain, brain fog, and trouble focusing. Unfortunately, CIRS can cause damage that lasts for a long time and is bad enough to affect the whole body.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) estimates that over a quarter of United States buildings are water-damaged and to prevent mold growth, damp or wet surfaces should be cleaned and dried within 24 to 48 hours.
A big part of treating CIRS is determining where the biotoxins are coming from and getting them out of the environment. But this isn’t always enough to alleviate the symptoms completely. Detection and remediation is the first step to getting better.
Even though a lot of people get sick from being in water-damaged buildings and mold, most of their symptoms go away once they stop being exposed. For the 25% of people who have certain genetic markers, the toxins stay in the body and cause a chronic, systemic inflammatory reaction. These are the people who have CIRS, or mold disease. These patients often have a number of symptoms that can’t be explained and that have a big impact on their quality of life.
Medical experts may also suggest detoxification treatments, like intravenous infusions or pills, to help reduce the symptoms of CIRS and help the body heal. Also, to get better from CIRS, you may need to make changes to your lifestyle, such as reducing stress and changing your food.
If you have CIRS, it’s time to get rid of the biotoxins in your home or office that are making you sick. For more information, get in touch with MasterTech Environmental Jersey Shore.
We care about the quality of our work and offer a 5-year mold-free promise on every mold removal we do in New Jersey. Call us at 732-716-2384 to find out more about our mold removal services in your area.
What do the symptoms of CIRS look like?
Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome can cause tiredness, headaches, body aches, fever, chills, night sweats, digestive problems, muscle and joint pain, skin rashes, nasal congestion and sinusitis, sensitivity to light, and dizziness. To be more specific:
- Some cognitive signs are forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, and brain fog.
- Neurological signs include burning or tingling in the hands or feet, problems with motor control, tremors, poor balance or coordination, and numbness.
- Some of the psychological signs are depression, anxiety, mood swings, trouble sleeping, and being irritable.
- People with CIRS can also be sensitive to chemicals, have trouble digesting certain foods, and have endocrine problems.
The length of time a person has been exposed to biotoxins can affect how bad their symptoms are. People who have had CIRS for a longer time are more likely to have more serious and more frequent flare-ups of their symptoms. If you have CIRS, you should see a doctor so they can identify your condition and figure out the best way to treat it.
If you have been diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome, call MasterTech Environmental to learn about our mold remediation services that remove the biotoxins that are hurting your health.
How are CIRS and biotoxin mold related?
Biotoxin mold grows when there is too much water in a building because of a leak or flooding. When this happens, mold starts to grow and releases mycotoxins and other dangerous chemicals into the air. This can lead to a number of lung diseases, as well as continuous inflammation and symptoms that affect the whole body. Stachybotrys chartarum, also called “black mold,” is the most common type of biotoxin mold that can cause CIRS.
If you think you may have been exposed to biotoxin mold, you should get checked for CIRS and get the right treatment. Along with tests for CIRS, it is important to find where the mold is coming from and get rid of it. MasterTech Environmental can help you figure out where the mold is coming from and make a plan for treating CIRS. Our team has dealt with biotoxin molds that cause CIRS for years and can give you expert help on how to keep your home or office safe.
Others have been helped by our CIRS Treatment Protocol, and it can help you too.
The first step in our CIRS Biotoxin Mold Process is a full evaluation of your New Jersey home or business.
To do this, we’ve come up with a Hybrid CIRS Mold Inspection Process that uses both industry-standard mold sampling methods and qPCR (ERMI, HERTSMI) tests.
These methods may include:
- Air testing
- Surface testing
- Bulk sample collection
- Visual inspection
- Thermal Imaging
- Moisture Mapping
- Wall cavity sampling
- qPCR Testing
- ERMI/HERTSMI testing
This way of testing makes sure that both the building and the patient are taken into account at all times. After the exam is done, the samples will be looked at, and we and your medical provider will figure out what they mean. If mold removal is needed, our mold removal procedure can include the following:
- Cleaning, removal and/or encapsulation of the mold source.
- Implementing ventilation solutions to ensure proper air flow.
- Sealing off any entry points for moisture.
By taking a modern, medically-approved approach to CIRS mold treatment, we can help reduce your exposure to biotoxins, as well as alleviate the symptoms of CIRS Syndrome.
How to Treat CIRS Mold
MasterTech Environmental has helped a lot of people get their health and homes back, and we’re ready to help you do the same. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our CIRS Biotoxin Mold Treatment or to set up a free appointment.
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