5 Toxic Molds in Fort Myers and Southwest Florida
Toxic molds can cause many home and health concerns. Exposure to these types of mold can result in damage to your home and costly medical bills. Furthermore, an informed homeowner is a safe homeowner. There are many toxic molds in Fort Myers and Southwest Florida homes. In this article, we will discuss the dangers of 5 well known toxic molds. In addition, we’ll provide you with some direction on what to do in case you do come in contact with toxic mold.
Above all, if you or anyone in your home are having symptoms related to mold exposure, see a doctor right away. And don’t forget your four-legged family members. They, too, can get sick from toxic mold exposure. Above all, your health is our priority at iMold and we don’t want you to hesitate in calling your doctor. After seeking medical care, call us for a free inspection. We’ll be there in 30 minutes or less!
While this species looks like the medication Penicillin, they are not the same. In fact, Penicillium is the fungi (mold) used to produce the standard antibiotic. To make Penicillin, an in-depth process with sugar and other additives occurs. Penicillium itself is an allergen mold. It’s a bluish-green color and grows with a velvet-like texture. Unlike the antibiotic, Penicillium causes distress and swelling in the lungs. For instance, it can trigger asthma and cause chronic sinus issues too. This dangerous mold can spread quickly in our humid Southwest Florida weather conditions. Penicillium grows on water-damaged buildings, furniture, carpets, and even insulation.
Mucor is an allergenic fungus often seen in our mold inspections of Fort Myers. It grows as a white or gray colored thick patch of mold and spreads quickly in the proper conditions. Mucor thrives in moisture from condensation around HVAC ducts and AC units. It thrives in moist carpets as well. This mold species can cause Asthma and flu-like symptoms. Mucor is also known to grow into severe cases of infestation. An infestation of Mucor is called Mucormycosis. This fungal infection can cause severe damage to the eyes, nose, sinuses, lungs, and even brain. Mucor is a dangerous mold. Professional mold technicians are the only ones who should ever handle this type of mold.
Fusarium is often in carpets, wallpapers, and fabrics. However, this mold species also occurs on food and can spread rapidly. Appearing as pink, white, or red, it is an allergen and toxigenic as a mold species. Exposure can cause skin infections. Fusarium also causes allergic responses, sore throats, runny noses, itchy eyes, and sneezing. This mold may cause deadly conditions such as bone infections and brain abscesses. Fusarium may even damage the nervous system and cause internal bleeding. If you have symptoms of mold exposure, by all means seek medical care immediately. After that, call our team of experts at iMold for an inspection and mold remediation.
Acremonium is a toxigenic mold strain that begins as a pink, grey, orange, or white small moist mold. Then it becomes a powdery mold substance. Acremonium breeds within internal home systems. Humidifiers, cooling coils, drains, and windows are all familiar places to find Acremonium. Acremonium is also known to grow with Stachybotrys (also known as toxic black mold). Exposure to this toxic mold includes risks of bone marrow and immune system diseases. Exposure to Acremonium also poses a risk for impaired brain function.
We saved the most deadly mold for last. Stachybotrys is a toxic black mold. Dark green or black, this slimy mold can appear in damp places throughout Fort Myers homes. The areas affected have usually been wet or humid for weeks. Stachybotrys thrives on wood, cardboard, and wicker. This toxic black mold is typically in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.
Exposure to this deadly mold can cause severe health issues. As a result, troubled breathing, sinus issues, fatigue, and depression are common symptoms related to Stachybotrys. Children have even suffered from nervous system diseases when exposed to this mold. Extreme cases report of bleeding from the lungs. Stachybotrys is the most popular and deadly of all dangerous molds.
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