Mold is a type of fungus, as are mushrooms and yeast. There are between 100,000 and 400,000 species of fungi, and of those, scientists have identified more than 1,000 types of mold and mildew that grow inside of American homes, especially those in areas affected by hurricanes, like Florida.
Mold is actually classified into three groups according to human responses.
The first group is the allergy causing molds. These don’t usually produce fatal affects, and are more problematic for people who have allergies or asthma. The challenge is to figure out which one you’re allergic to. Children are particularly susceptible to mold allergies.
Many people, especially Floridians, opt for mold remediation Clearwater FL or other similar services to free their environments of mold.
The second group is the pathogenic molds. These produce some sort of infection, which is especially worrisome if your immune system isn’t in good condition. It can provoke pneumonia, which is similar to bacterial pneumonia, but is actually mold growing in the lungs of someone with a weak immune system.
Lastly, the third group is the toxic molds. These dangerous molds produce toxins that can have grave and very serious effects on your health – well, the health of most people. When inhaled or touched, the toxin is transferred to the body, and can be fatal. These types of molds can grow in peanuts, and a few other foods.
The most common molds that can grow inside the home are the following:
- Alternaria – this is commonly found in the nose, the mouth, and respiratory tract. These can cause allergic reactions.
- Aspergillus – these live in warm and extremely humid climates, in places with a lot of dust. They can cause pulmonary infection.
- Cladosporium – this is very common outside, but can easily get inside and grow on clothing, wood, and other porous, humid surfaces. It causes fever and asthma-like symptoms.