Mold Testing

 

What is Mold and Where Is It Found?

 

Mold are microscopic organisms that produce spores and are found virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold can be found on plants, foods, dry leaves, and other organic material. Also susceptible to mold growth are cellulose materials, such as, cardboard, paper, ceiling tiles, and sheet rock. Mold spores are easily detached and made airborne by vacuuming, walking on carpet or sitting on a couch. In indoor environments, mold can grow in air conditioning ducts, carpets, pots of houseplants, etc.

 

How Can Mold Affect Your Health?

 

Exposure to mold is not healthy for anyone but the following individuals are at a higher risk for adverse health effects: infants, children, elderly, immune compromised patients, pregnant women, and individuals with existing respiratory conditions. When inhaled, even in small amounts, mold can cause a wide range of health problems including respiratory problems (wheezing), nasal and sinus congestion, watery and red eyes, nose and throat irritation, skin irritation, aches and pains, fevers, asthma, emphysema and in some cases even death.

 

How Can You Be Exposed To Mold?

 

When moldy materials become damaged or disturbed, spores (reproductive bodies similar to seeds) can be released into the air. Common sources of indoor moisture that may cause mold problems in your home are flooding, leaky roofs, humidifiers, damp basements or crawl spaces, plumbing leaks, house plants, steam from cooking, bathroom steam, wet clothes, and clothes dryers.

 

Black Mold

Stachybotrys Chartarum

 

Stachybotrys Chartarum is a greenish-black toxic mold that colonizes particularly well in high-cellulose material, such as straw, hay, wet leaves, dry wall, carpet, wall paper, fiber-board, ceiling tiles, thermal insulation, etc. Stachbotrys, before drying, is wet and slightly slimy to touch. There are about 15 species of Stachybotrys, known throughout the world. This toxic mold grows in areas where the relative humidity is above 55%. This type of mold does not grow on plastic, vinyl, concrete products, or ceramic tiles. It is not found in the green mold on bread or the black mold on the shower tiles.

Stachybotrys produces a mycotoxin that causes human mycotoxicosis.

This type of mold is thought to be a possible cause of the sick building syndrome. Children’s exposure to Stachybotrys spores are thought most likely to cause pulmonary hemosiderosis (bleeding in the lungs).

 

The following is a list of symptoms associated with exposure to Stachybotrys mold spores:

 

  • Respiratory problems, such as wheezing, and difficulty in breathing

  • Nasal and sinus congestion

  • Eyes-burning, watery, reddened, blurry vision, light sensitivity

  • Dry, hacking cough

  • Sore throat

  • Nose and throat irritation

  • Shortness of breath

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Skin irritation

  • Central nervous system problems

  • Aches and pains

  • Possible fever

  • Diarrhea

  • Possible hemosiderosis

  • Immune suppression

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