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Black Mold Exposure Test (IgG)

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About Our Black Mold Exposure Test (IgG)

This IgG antibody test uses a blood sample to determine if you have been exposed to Stachybotrys chartarum (Stachybotrys atra), also known as Black Mold.

Stachybotrys chartarum, also known as Stachybotrys atra, is a type of mold that can produce toxic compounds known as mycotoxins. Exposure to these mycotoxins, especially in indoor environments where mold growth is unchecked, can lead to various health problems, particularly respiratory issues, allergic reactions, and in some cases, more severe health concerns.

Our Black Mold Exposure Test for Stachybotrys chartarum IgG antibodies specifically measures the Immunoglobulin G antibodies in a person's blood that have developed in response to Black Mold exposure. IgG antibodies are part of the immune system's response to pathogens or allergens and can indicate past or ongoing exposure to toxins.

Reasons why someone might have this test done:

  • Health Symptoms: Individuals experiencing symptoms that cannot be explained by other diagnoses and which might be related to mold exposure, such as chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions, or unexplained illness, might undergo this test to determine if exposure to Stachybotrys chartarum is a contributing factor.
  • Environmental Concerns: If a person lives or works in an environment where there is visible mold growth or a history of water damage, which increases the risk of mold presence, this test can help assess if there has been exposure to Black Mold.
  • Medical Diagnosis: In the context of diagnosing specific conditions related to mold exposure, this test can provide valuable information to healthcare providers to form a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • Occupational Health: For professions that work in environments prone to mold growth (e.g., construction and real-estate), this test can be part of a routine health screening to ensure that employees are not adversely affected by mold exposure.

PLEASE NOTE: This Black Mold Exposure Test (IgG) is different from our Black Mold Allergy Test (IgE).

Key Differences between a Black Mold Allergy Test (IgE) and a Black Mold Exposure Test (IgG):

  • Black Mold Allergy Test (IgE): An IgE allergy test for Black Mold is designed to determine if an individual has an allergic reaction to Stachybotrys chartarum by measuring IgE antibodies (the immune system's immediate response to mold allergens) in the blood. IgE is a class of antibodies produced by the immune system when it overreacts to an introduced allergen, leading to allergic symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and various respiratory issues.
  • Black Mold Exposure Test (IgG): An IgG exposure test for Black Mold is designed to identify past or ongoing exposure to Black Mold, rather than an allergic response. IgG antibodies are produced by the immune system as a longer-term response to an antigen and can indicate exposure to toxins, but not necessarily identify an allergic reaction.

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