An Australian woman has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s after being exposed to mold in her home, the New York Post reported.< /strong>
In 2016, 37-year-old Amie Skilton and her husband moved into a new flat in Manly.
“My brain and body were fine,” Ms. Skilton recounted.
Two months later she fell ill.
“The first symptom I noticed was this are allergies, chronic allergies, and I gained 22 pounds all at once,” she said.
Then her brain function started to decline. She even forgot her name at some point.
“One day, I went to fill out a form and I looked at the box that said my name and I said to myself: ‘What is it again? I was staring at it, I was looking'”, she testified.
Worried, she went to a neurologist who diagnosed her with Alzheimer’s disease type 3 and they wanted to put her into assisted living services to better take care of her.
In order to determine the cause, Ms. Skilton saw other doctors to take blood tests, but these revealed no problem.
It was when she saw a publication distributed by one of her friends that she got the flea in her ear.< /p>
In this message, her friend explained that a water leak had caused mold stains to appear in her apartment, and because of this, her husband’s health was particularly affected due to one of her genes.
Ms. Skilton then recalled that the co-owner had asked her to call a plumber to have her bathroom checked because there was a water leak in the garage on the lower floor, when he moved in. A plumber had come to see the place, but he had never called back.
Amie Skilton therefore decided to call on a building biologist to have her apartment reassessed. After analysis, he discovered not only water damage, but also mold in various places in the accommodation and had to hire mold removal services.
“The carpet looked perfectly normal on the surface, but when you lifted her up, there was all this black mold. Then, when we removed the cover from our mattress, it was green,” explained the Australian.
Knowing this, Ms. Skilton underwent additional medical examinations to better target his problem. The results eventually told her that she had genes encoded by human leukocyte antigens, explaining her symptoms. She is therefore part of the 25% of the Australian population that is most vulnerable to the effects of mould.
Five years later, now, Amie Skilton lives in a house without water damage, and her cognitive skills have returned to the way they were.
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128