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What Molds are Toxic?

Posted at December 20, 2012 » By : » Categories : News » Comments Off on What Molds are Toxic?
mold_in_basementWe’re going to talk again about molds that are considered deadly to humans, mold conditions absolutely requiring removal and cleanup.  When we speak of toxic mold, we are describing exactly that, a mold considered deadly to humans.  And, that term does not refer only to one particular species of mold.

Any dark place where there is moisture is a potential breeding ground for mold. It can grow on almost any organic surface as long as it is moist and has an oxygen supply.

We’ve talked about the categories of toxic molds: cladosporium, penicilium, fusarium, aspergillus and stachybotrys. Some of the species within these categories may cause only typical allergic reactions – – hay fever-like symptoms, while others may cause more serious illnesses. All five of these mold categories can be found indoors, in damp spaces.

The toxin produced by stachybotrys chartarum is the most potentially harmful mold to humans. It has been associated with diseases as minor as hay fever, and as serious as liver damage, pulmonary edema, and in the most severe cases, brain or nerve damage. It has also been linked to severe illness in infants, as well as those with compormised immune systems.

Some of the symptoms that are associated with exposure to stachybotrys include: respiratory issues, nasal and sinus congestion, eye irritation, sore throat, hacking cough, chronic fatigue, central nervous system issues, and aches/pains.

Exposure to cladosporium, fusarium and penicillium can lead to illnesses such as nail fungus, asthma and infections of the lungs, liver and kidneys. Fusarium may cause gastrointestinal illnesses, also. Chronic cases of cladosporium may produce pulmonary edema and emphysema.

As you can now gather, toxic molds are all dangerous if allowed to grow inside your home, and proper precautions should be taken to prevent and eliminate their growth. The Mold Pros offer FREE inspections, and if you’ve suffered any of these symptoms, it might just be mold conditions living in your home.

We service all of Cape Cod and the Massachusetts south shore, and respond quickly when called. Mold removal and cleanup is not just cosmetic, as you can see. It may very well be essential to your health and well-being.

Call today for your FREE inspection, and we’ll be there tomorrow.

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