When you find mold growing in your home, there’s no two ways about it – it’s gross. But how dangerous is it, really?
The truth is that mold spores exist everywhere in nature and we are all constantly breathing them in.
However, when the level of mold indoors exceeds the level of mold outdoors, that can trigger allergic symptoms in sensitive people. And the dreaded toxic or “black” mold can do some serious damage.
Here’s what you need to know about the most common types of mold, including when to call the mold removal specialist.
Toxic vs. Non-toxic Molds
The most dangerous molds are those that release poisonous substances, called mycotoxins, that can cause death in people and animals.
When we talk about the black mold that is really risky to human health, we’re referring to a type called Stachybotrys chartarum.
Some varieties of mold are black in color yet do not produce mycotoxins, so they are considered non-toxic. Many additional non-toxic molds come in a rainbow of hues.
Non-toxic molds can cause allergic reactions or trigger asthma but don’t kill as a result of a particular poison.
However, each general category of mold can represent hundreds of different mold species, some that produce mycotoxins and some that don’t.
It is impossible to tell by looking what type of mold you’re dealing with, so if you’re wondering when to call for professional mold remediation, the answer is almost always.
There are some notable exceptions to this rule – stick with us to the end for more on those.
First, we will be looking at several categories of mold and describing their appearance and reported health effects.
The strains are categorized as less dangerous and more dangerous based on the likelihood of coming across a particularly deadly strain of it.
Less Dangerous Molds
The following types of mold can cause troublesome symptoms but are generally not thought to be deadly.
Still, the extent of the reaction to non-toxic mold exposure is quite individual and can be severe in people who are prone to allergies.
The category of Cladosporium includes about 40 different species. It’s quite common and can be found in colors including green, gray, brown, or black.
Typical locations are wallpapers, painted walls, carpets, wood furnishings, and any organic surface that is often damp.
Most Cladosporium mold does not produce mycotoxins, but has been linked to pulmonary edema and emphysema in certain people.
This type of mold grows even at very cold temps and is usually found on wet carpeting and fabric. Fusarium is most often an orange color…
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