Ever wondered why some people are not affected by mold and yet some people develop chronic health problems from just a single encounter with mold? The reason for this is because of the HLA-DR gene? The HLA-DR gene is a protein that is found on most cells in your body. It helps your immune system to recognize which proteins belong to your own body and which proteins are not. When a person carries the HLA-DR gene, he or she will be genetically susceptible to biotoxin illnesses such as cough or shortness of breath. This is because the HLA-DR gene causes a misprocessing of antigens, which in turn will inhibit the immune system from reacting correctly to infection and toxins.
How HLA-DR and Mold are Related?
There are over 36 different kinds of diseases that can result from an HLA-DR carrier’s exposure to mold. When exposed to mold, those who carry the HLA-DR gene will be the first to experience an immune response and are the last to recover. Some of the initial symptoms of mold sickness include watering or irritated eyes, red eyes, hives, sneezing, nausea, fever, and many more. Such symptoms last for a long time and are more intense than their non-carrier counterparts. Also, HLA-DR carriers are more susceptible to other illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, autoimmune diseases, chronic sinus congestion, heart diseases, Lyme’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and many more.
How Likely Are You Going To Be A Carrier of the HLA-DR Gene?
Approximately 25% of the population is a carrier of the HLA-DR gene. Just in the United States, this translates to over 80 million people! However, new research has suggested that the true number of HLA-DR carriers could be anywhere between 40% and 60% worldwide.
What to Do If You are a Carrier of the HLA-DR Gene?
Being a carrier of the HLA-DR gene can cause potential danger to you and therefore it is important you make sure you limit your exposure to mold to as minimal as possible. A good way to do so is to live a lifestyle that actively encourages your bod to do biotoxin shedding. This can include an anti-fungal diet or an anti-fungal supplement routine, coupled with detoxing exercise and adequate sleep.
Most importantly, you have got to make sure that your work and home space is free of mold. If you have recently discovered mold in your work or home space, do make sure to engage a professional to remediate it as soon as possible. At Iris Environmental Laboratories, we are nationally accredited by NVLAP, and NY-ELAP/NJ-DEP. We have a team of certified and highly trained professionals who specialized in mold remediation. We will first conduct an inspection and then an air quality test to determine if there is indeed mold growth. So, do not worry! You can count on us to provide clean air for you and your loved ones.