Mold in the News Series

Part 4: Fungal Brain Infections

Cesar Collado
Dec 8, 2023

Understanding Rare but Serious Fungal Brain Infections

By Cesar Collado

Fungal brain infections or cerebral mycoses, are rare but serious conditions that can have severe consequences for affected individuals. Although the brain is well-protected by its natural barriers, certain circumstances can lead to fungal pathogens invading and infecting this vital organ. To understand this challenging medical condition, it is helpful to understand the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of fungal brain infections.

Causes and Risk Factors

Fungal infections in the brain typically occur when fungi gain access to the central nervous system through various routes. This can happen through the inhalation of fungal spores, direct introduction during surgery or trauma, or by spreading from an existing fungal infection in another part of the body. Individuals with weakened immune systems, such as those with HIV/AIDS, organ transplant recipients, or those undergoing chemotherapy, are at a higher risk of developing fungal brain infections.

 Fungal Brain Infection Mucor

Last week’s article explained how Candida Albicans get to the brain by breaking down the blood brain barrier and preventing complete fungal clearance by activating microglial cells and preventing clearance.  Read more HERE.

Fungal Brain Infection Symptoms and Diagnosis

The symptoms of a fungal infection in the brain can vary depending on the type of fungus involved, the location of the infection, and the individual’s immune status. Common symptoms may include persistent headaches, fever, confusion, seizures, changes in behavior, and neurological deficits. Prompt diagnosis is crucial but challenging, as fungal brain infections can mimic many other conditions.

Diagnostic procedures may involve imaging tests, such as MRI or CT scans, analysis of cerebrospinal fluid, and biopsy if feasible.

Types of Fungal Brain Infections:

Several fungal species have been implicated in fungal brain infections.

  • Cryptococcus neoformans cause meningitis, inflammation of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord. This occurs with individuals that have a weakened immune system.  
  • Aspergillosis can spread to the brain from other infected areas in the body.
  • Candida is common in the gut microbiome and candida infections are common in mouths (Thrush), Vagina (yeast infections), toenail fungus, and skin infections.  The discovery of the candida receptor in the brain provides explanation for candida infections in the brain.
  • Mucor can also cause serious fungal brain infections.1.

Black fungus symptoms

Fungal Brain Infections: Treatment and Prognosis

The treatment of fungal brain infections often involves a combination of antifungal medications and supportive care. Antifungal drugs, such as amphotericin B and voriconazole, are commonly used, but the choice of medication depends on the specific fungus involved. Treatment duration may be prolonged, lasting weeks to months, and requires close monitoring of the individual’s response to therapy. The prognosis of fungal brain infections can vary, with factors such as the underlying immune status, the type of fungus present, and the timeliness of diagnosis influencing the outcome.

The Importance of Maintaining a Safe Home Environment

Our bodies heal primarily when we are resting.  Healing includes the process of detoxification.  The brain, more specifically, only heals while we sleep.  It is the glymphatic system that removes toxins in the brain via cerebral spinal fluid.

Brain detoxification

When a home has poor indoor air quality, detoxification and healing that occurs in our homes is thwarted.  The body inhales air with pollutants, allergens, contaminants, or toxins while we sleep.  When this occurs, our immune system is continuously working, not allowing the detoxification process to work efficiently.

Prevention of Fungal Brain Infections

Preventing fungal brain infections primarily revolves around reducing the risk of fungal exposure and strengthening the immune system. Measures such as practicing good hygiene, avoiding environments with high fungal contamination, and promptly treating underlying conditions that weaken the immune system can help reduce the likelihood of infection.   Regular rinsing of the mouth and sinuses with water and a natural antifungal can be a best practice for those who commonly face fungal or candida infections.  Agrumax Dietary Supplement has a multitude of uses for preventive fungal hygiene.

Agrumax Bottle

Conclusion

Fungal infections in the brain, though rare, pose a significant medical challenge due to their potential for severe complications. Early recognition of symptoms, timely diagnosis, and appropriate treatment are vital for favorable outcomes. Raising awareness, promoting research, and implementing preventive measures can contribute to mitigating the impact of fungal infections in the brain and improving patient outcomes in this complex and challenging field of medicine.

A home with quality air indoors is critical to the body’s ability to detoxify.  The brain’s ability to detoxify is directly related to quality air.  Although removal of the toxic source(s) is the priority, utilization of a HEPA air purifier in the bedroom can help significantly. Read more about selecting the right HEPA Air Purifier HERE

Microbial Removal

In the event the home has a mold problem or water damage, repairing the moisture problem is the first priority.  Following repairs and removal of contaminated items, a systemic application of a non-toxic, botanical product should be used to systematically treat and remove mold. I recommend using HavenFog, a hot fog.  While it will take a day to fog and clean, the ability to completely fill the air volume of a room so that the fog reaches all surface areas and penetrates corners and crevices is unique and effective!   Following use of an antimicrobial product, the remains must be removed using a small particulate clean up protocol.  Read more about BioBalance Fogging Solution for “Getting a Grip on Mold” HERE.

 

For those people who want a faster and simpler approach, using HavenMist in a home can be done in minutes followed by a vacuuming, which will reduce mold counts in a room almost immediately.  The challenges mist faces are reaching all surface areas without overly wetting surfaces, and the ability to allow the fog to linger for hours.  This allows the fog and mold to collide in the air and agglomerate.  Agglomeration is the stickiness the fog has for mold so that they clump together.  Following agglomeration, gravity will force the mold residuals to accumulate on the floor where it can be vacuumed and/or wet-wiped.

 

  1. “This common fungus can trigger ‘key player’ in Alzheimer’s disease development.” Study Finds. October 24, 2023

 

 

 

"Toxic Mold in the News" Series publishing weekly starting mid-November 2023.

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Fungal Infections Are a Growing Concern

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Toxic Mold in the News Part 3:

Candida Infections in the Brain

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Toxic Mold in the News Part 4:

Fungal Brain Infections

December 8, 2023

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