Can Mold Cause Migraines?

Question

Asked by AshleyT

Can Mold Cause Migraines?

I moved into an apartment in the summer of 2008 and started having severe migraines around a month and a half later. There is a great deal of mold in the bathroom, black in color. It is now Febuary of 2009, and I was wondering if the mold might have anything to do with it. The migraines last anywhere from 2 days to a week. A few weeks ago I experienced a rather frightening event while taking a shower... first, I lost the sense of taste, then I couldn't hear. I began to feel extremely nautious and then I couldn't see. The loss of site lasted for about 30 minutes. I am scared that their might be something connected to the mold. Any information I can get would be appreciated.

Answer

Hi Ashley,

Mold doesn't cause Migraines, rather may trigger a Migraine attack. Migraine is a genetic neurologic disease caused by overactive neurons in our brain and genetics.

Have you tried keeping a Migraine diary to see what other things may or may not be working to reduce the number of attacks you are having? It is very easy, and in fact, I've been keeping one and was quite surprised to find that I am having more pain days than I thought. You can find our free downloadable diary HERE.

Another thought I had would be to remove the mold from the bathroom, not a fun job. Using gloves and protective eye gear would be the way to go.

Good luck

Nancy