Mycotoxins (literally Mold-Poisons) small, molecular-weight, toxic molecules produced by various species of mold, some of which inhabit water damaged homes or buildings.
Many clinical symptoms and disease states have been associated with human exposure to mycotoxins. The RealTime Lab Mycotoxin test detects 16 different Mycotoxins, including 9 macrocyclic Trichothecenes. These are particularly important as they are known to be highly toxic and are produced by species such as Stachybotrys (“black mold”), shown to be present in mold contaminated buildings. Testing is done using competitive ELISA, a very sensitive method for detection using antibodies prepared against the Mycotoxins.