Molds, Mildews, and Fungi

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Molds, mildews, and fungi exist in all around us. They thrive in our homes and live outdoors as well. Furniture, carpeting, draperies, and even the air we inhale into our lungs are loaded with spores. Areas which are humid and lack light with not much air circulation support the fast rate in which mold grows.

Our bodies are presented with supplemental demands in our homes when it is filled with allergy triggers such as mold, mildew, and fungus. These things can be a driving force behind much worse conditions. More than fifty molds are believed to be potentially hazardous and can present us with problems. One such one is Stachybotrys, more widely known as the notorious black mold. The Center for Disease Control reports that there is a link between pulmonary hemosiderosis and toxic mold exposure. Mold can develop in the back of walls and you can even become ill from mold that is no longer alive and spreading. Mold can be encountered in homes, hospitals, schools, and professional buildings. It is not always an easy task to uncover mold. Every area of our environment has mold, it is an essential part of our life. Places prone to mold, mildew, and fungus are sections where humidity and dampness is a constant or in places where it rain falls are high.

Molds normally cultivate in structures that have been damaged by water and may be the root of several heath issues such as asthma, sinusitis, and infections. Those who are hypersensitive to molds are especially irritated on days when it rains a lot and is overcast. Molds may also be a big reason for individuals coming down with the “sick building syndrome” and other illnesses that share similar symptoms. Molds can also trigger allergic reactions. In individuals who show a physical allergy to mold, eczema and blisters are widely seen.

How many kinds of mold are there? The Environmental Protection Agency believes that there are fifty to one hundred different typical molds that can be found inside and that have the capacity to bring about health issues. Typical allergic molds are those such as Cladosporium and Alternaria. Molds that release mycotoxins, like Stachybotrys and Trichoderma, can present a very real health danger.

If you think that you have been exposed to mold, there are tests that you can purchase from you local hardware store and test for mold in your house. The mold is collected and put in a Petri dish and sent to a laboratory for testing.

There are things that you can do to prevent mold from developing in your home. One thing that you can do is use a dehumidifier in damp places of your home like the basement or laundry room. Be sure to empty the water often and wash it out to stop mold from developing. Search for mold or mildew in your basement, attic, closets, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchen. You may also stumble across mold in trash cans, on soiled clothes, in toilets, and on refrigerators. If you wait a long time to rake up the leaves in your back yard, you will find that they have become moldy. Mold and fungi are a very important part of the environment process degrading and digesting organic matter that accumulates as a natural course of events take place.

Cleaning and proper air circulation will go a long way in the prevention of mold. Keep areas as dry as you possibly can and allow sunlight to filter into your home. All ways remember to ventilate when available. Inspect for mold and fungi on a regular basis keeping your home safe and mold free.

By: Bradley Skierkowski