Many people see mold as… well, just mold. The fact is that mold arrives in lots of different shapes and colors. Here are some that a homeowner should be concerned about.
This type of mold grows easily on wood, paper, or cardboard. You may have heard it referred to as “black or toxic mold”, albeit these have been used to describe other types of mold too. Stachybotrys mold needs super damp conditions and it needs days or even weeks to fully grow into its hazardous self. This toxic mold or mycotoxin is not only found in homes but in office buildings too.
This type of mold is often blamed for skin lesions, nail fungus, asthma, and lung infections. Cladosporium is a black mold that, in highly sensitive people, can cause various allergic reactions. It is known to cause sinusitis and pulmonary infection, which can then become a respiratory infection like pneumonia.
This type of mold is found in soil and it can work its way into the home. When it has entered the home, Mucor is often found in ductwork and air conditioning systems. It has a whitish to grey coloring, sometimes gets thick and it can also grow fast.
This type of mold also starts in the soil, it tends to affect humidifiers and plants in the home. Its toxins are believed to be harmful to the circulatory and also nervous systems. If Fusarium affects a person it is typically via ingestion, for instance eating some contaminated grain, but it is also possible to inhale its’ spores.
Believe it or not, this type of mold is often used as an antibiotic against various types of infections. It’s actually used in food processing. It will grow on walls as well as on different types of food. While Penicillium is a useful mold, it can also be a threat to health and cause medical issues.
This type of mold is of particular concern because it creates nasty toxins that can damage organs, bone marrow, and immune systems. Acremonium has even been linked to problems with a person’s mental ability.
This type of mold is believed to have more than 80 species and, when exposure is prolonged, can result in irreversible neurological damage. It can also lead to multiple sclerosis, lupus, and some forms of cancer. Chaetomium mold spores are known for rapid growth, so they must be dealt with immediately!
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