Types of Mold and Their Dangers

Originally published March 28, 2019, updated Jan. 30, 2022

Fungal growths are a natural part of the environment. Although they have a vital role in the breakdown of organic matter outdoors, it’s essential that you avoid fungal growth in your Daytona, FL home or business. They reproduce by releasing tiny spores into the air that land on surfaces and can cause health problems. If you end up finding fungi inside your home or business, though, mold remediation can eliminate the danger.

Dangers of Alternaria and Aspergillus

Alternaria species of fungi are major plant pathogens and common human allergens. They can cause reactions that lead to asthma and trigger asthma attacks. Although they can also cause serious infections, such cases are rare among people with healthy immune systems. Alternariosis is a related infectious disorder of the skin.

Aspergillus species of fungi can cause serious illnesses as well. A. flavus produces aflatoxin, which is not only toxic but also carcinogenic. A. fumigatus mainly causes lung infections that can turn into pneumonia with necrosis and spread. In addition, neonatal infections can develop from Aspergillus species exposure.

Dangers of Stachybotrys and Trichoderma

Stachybotrys species of fungi mostly grow in cellulose and are widespread. S. chartarum and S. chlorohalonata are the most infamous as “black mold.” Although they’re less common than other species, they aren’t rare. They develop and spread on water-damaged building materials. When left alone, the spores reduce indoor air quality and can cause lung infections.

Trichoderma species of fungi are present in soil. As a common indoor fungi, Trichoderma longibrachiatum produces toxic peptides that can cause a myriad of health issues, including asthma attacks and pneumonia.

The Importance of Mold Remediation

It’s clear that removing fungal (mold) growth from your home or business is the best way to prevent related health problems. Learn more about ServiceMaster Professional Services’s mold remediation services. You can also call us to schedule an assessment.

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