A new study has shown a link between the HLA-DR gene and mold sensitivity. According to the study, people with this gene are more likely to experience adverse reactions to mold exposure. This is big news for the world of mold remediation, as it could help identify people more susceptible to health problems caused by mold. If you are someone who suffers from frequent allergies or asthma attacks, it may be worth getting tested for the HLA-DR gene.

But what is an HLA-DR gene? 

In the simplest of words, the HLA-DR gene is a gene located on chromosome 6 that helps the body recognize and respond to foreign substances, such as bacteria and viruses. This gene is responsible for helping the immune system mount a response against these agents so that our bodies can fight them off. In the case of mold sensitivity, this gene could play an important role in why some people suffer from reactions to mold exposure while others do not.

Understanding the history of the HLA-DR Gene: The first discovery of the HLA-DR gene was in 1973 by a Dutch scientist, Jan Voorhoeve. Since then, researchers have been studying the role of this gene in various diseases and conditions. In 2017, researchers made a breakthrough discovery when they found that people with a certain version of the HLA-DR gene were more likely to experience sensitivity to mold exposure.

This discovery is important for mold remediation specialists who want to ensure their work environment is safe for those suffering from mold sensitivity. Identifying individuals genetically sensitive to mold can help reduce the risk of health complications caused by prolonged exposure. This could mean fewer hospital visits due to allergies or asthma attacks, which would be a big win for everyone involved!

How likely are you to have this gene?

Research conducted by the Journal of Human Genetics showed that approximately 10-15% of the population has this gene, which means there is a good chance you or someone in your family may have it. It’s important to note that not everyone with this gene will suffer from a mold sensitivity. However, it’s still wise to take precautions and get tested if you are experiencing any symptoms related to mold exposure.

The only way to scientifically test whether or not you have the HLA-DR gene is through a blood test. Your doctor or a qualified geneticist can help you determine if this gene is present in your DNA.

What does this all mean for mold and mold remediation? 

The link between the HLA-DR gene and mold sensitivity is an important discovery that could help to ensure that people with this gene are protected from any potential health risks associated with mold exposure. For those in the remediation industry, it’s important to understand how this gene works and why it’s so important for those who may be sensitive to the effects of mold. By understanding this connection, you can better protect yourself and your clients when dealing with a mold problem.

While the HLA-DR gene does increase your chance of mold poisoning, it doesn’t change much in terms of what you need to do when dealing with a mold problem: the same safety and remediation protocols still apply for mold infestation.

What can you do if you suffer from mold poisoning?

One of the downsides of having the HLA-DR gene is that you are always more likely to suffer from mold poisoning, but thankfully there are steps you can take to reduce this risk. The first step is to find out if you have the gene by getting tested. If it turns out that you do have the gene, then it’s important to limit your exposure as much as possible. This includes wearing protective clothing in mold-contaminated areas, using HEPA filters in your home or office, and consulting a professional remediation service if needed. Finally, ensure that you stay informed about any new developments related to HLA-DR to keep up with the latest research and ensure your safety when dealing with any potential mold issues. Also, avoid coming in close contact with mold. Make sure to wear a mask and gloves when dealing with mold contamination. Also, consult professional help if you are faced with a large-scale infestation or if the issue is too much to handle.

At the end of the day, this discovery provides important insight into how people can be affected differently by mold exposure. It is an encouraging sign that researchers are making progress in understanding how genetics may play a role in which individuals are more prone to suffering from adverse reactions to mold. As research in this field continues to develop, it could provide valuable insight into how we can better protect ourselves and those around us when dealing with hazardous molds.