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We have compiled some photos of mold growing in petri dishes. Their are many species of mold, some are harmless, and some can make you very sick! The types of molds in the photos are the type you do not want to see growing in your home! Once mold growth is visible, that is an indication that it is already airborne, and you are breathing spores in. If you find mold that is similar to the types in these pictures, please give us a call; we can help!
Penicillium - Green, brown, yellow and white in color. It can cause asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, allergic alveolitis, pneumonia, ear infections, keratitis, endocarditis, peritonitis, and urinary tract infections. The infection may appear as papules that look like acne on extremities and the face and trunk. It also can product mycotoxins that can cause kidney and liver damage.
Aspergillus- Black in color. It can cause "fungal ball", where the fungus multiplies quickly in the human lung while forming a ball. Aspergillus produces mycotoxin aflatoxin. It is the most common species that causes infection. People who are exposed to it too much develop a hypersensitivity to the spores and can suffer from relentless allergic reactions.
Stachybotrys- (Black Mold)- Black and green in color. In many cases, you won't even see it, as it grows between the walls and in hidden places. Toxic to humans if inhaled, eaten, or touched. Effects lower respiratory, eye, upper respiratory, skin and central nervous system disorders, upper respiratory infections, fungal or yeast infections, and urinary tract infections. Pulmonary hemorrhage, dermatitis, pain and inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat, a burning in the nasal passages, tightness of the chest, cough, bloody rhinitis, fever, headache, sore throats, flu-like symptoms, recurring colds, diarrhea, chronic fatigue and death.
Cladosporium - grey-green to olivaceous brown, common cause of respiratory problems; allergic reactions, infections of the skin, soft tissues or nails, Blastomycosis, Candidiasis, Chromoblastomycosis, Histoplasmosis, Entomophthoramycocis, Phaeophphomycocis and Keratomycosis. asthma, edema and bronchi spasms, and pulmonary emphysema.
Chaetomium- cottony and white in color initially. Mature colonies become grey to olive in color. People who are exposed to Chaetomium may be predisposed to permanent neurological damage of the myelin sheath. Therefore, a noticeably high incidence of autoimmune diseases have been linked to exposure of this mold such as Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, etc. It has also been linked to certain forms of Cancer.
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Fusarium- cottony and white in color. Exposure causes nail fungus, asthma, and also infections of the lungs, liver, and kidneys. Additionally, Fusarium may cause gastrointestinal illnesses, and even illness which affect the female reproductive system.
Botrytis - Grey in color. Exposure can cause respiratory infections, bronchitis, kidney disorder, swelling of your brain and liver, Kashin-Beck disease - a bone and joint disease, and liver cancer.
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