What are molds?
Molds are microscopic fungi
that need plant and animal matter in order to grow. It
is estimated that there are greater than 100,000 different species
of fungi that exist across the world. These thinly spun threaded
organisms produce spores that then allow them to spread themselves
to different locations. Spores can be spread in the air, through
water, or even among insects.
Is mold exposure bad for humans?
Toxic mold exposure can be dangerous and even fatal for susceptible
individuals. However, the majority of molds pose little or
no health risks to humans. Household molds exist in colors such
as red, green, blue-green, brown and black. In fact, there
are only two types of household molds that are toxic---Stachybotrys
What are some of the common indoor
What does household toxic mold
Toxic mold is often found in damp, moist, or wet places in or around
a house or building. Stachybotrys typically grows in damp
environments on materials that are high in cellulose and low in
nitrogen content. Examples include wallpaper, cardboard, ceiling
tile, cellulose insulation, and wood. If the black mold is growing
on materials that do not contain cellulose, it is probably not Stachybotrys.
What makes Stachybotrys
Stachybotrys mold spores produce a poisonous substance called
mycotoxin. Specifically, these are known as trichothecenes. When
these spores are inhaled and ingested by a human, they can cause
many unpleasant, and even very serious, symptoms and conditions.
How can mold exposure affect people?
Sensitized individuals (people who are prone to the effects
of toxic mold exposure) may exhibit symptoms such as nasal stuffiness,
eye irritation, or wheezing. Individuals with serious allergies
to molds may show signs of fever and shortness of breath. People
with chronic illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop
mold infections in their lungs.
Can Stachybotris cause
Stachybotrys is thought to be responsible for a potentially
fatal condition called acute idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage. This
has only occurred in infants and individuals with impaired immune
systems. However, the spores can also cause problems for asthma
sufferers, as well as allergies and certain kinds of lung diseases.
Stachybotrys is also thought to be at least partially responsible
for causing adverse health effects such as headaches, lung infections,
fevers, abdominal pains, diarrhea and skin rashes.
Where are molds found?
Molds are found in virtually
every ecological niche and are found outside in nature and in homes
and buildings. They are most prevalent in areas that have moist
or wet climates. They are often found indoors in humid spaces such
as basements or showers. Some authorities believe as many as 50
percent of all homes may have some level of Stachybotrys
What can be done to lower toxic
- Individuals who are prone to the
effects of mold should stay away from problem areas---humid, wet
- Indoor humidity levels should
be kept below 40%.
- Air conditioning and/or a dehumidifier
should be used during humid months.
- Adequate ventilation should be
- Add mold inhibitors to paints
- Bathrooms should be cleaned with
anti mold products.
- Moist indoor areas (bathrooms,
basements, etc.) should not be carpeted.
- Remove or replace previously soaked
carpets and upholstery.
How do I know if I have a mold
The presence of large mold manifestation can usually be seen or
smelled. Smaller infestations may require professional cleaning
or testing in order to detect.
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