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12 Harmful Types of Mold Commonly Found in Homes

How Many Different Types of Mold Are There?

New molds are discovered almost every year. Today, there are over 100,000 types of mold, but only several hundred have been thoroughly studied.

When wondering “How many different types of mold are there?,” what really matters are the types of mold that are more-likely to be in your home. The bad news is that there are over a hundred molds that thrive in homes and all of them are capable of causing harm and destruction. The good news is that, unlike outdoor molds, indoor molds can be subdued and eliminated.
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What is Green Mold and How Do You Get Rid of It?

What is Green Mold?

Some mistakenly believe that any and all green molds are penicillin. Penicillin, however, is not a mold. Penicillin is an antibiotic derived from the mold known as penicillium chrysogenum. Many times over, a common statement is made in regards to foods that have mold growth: “Ah, it’s just penicillin. It won’t hurt you.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, contact with penicillium chryosogenum–like any mold–can cause serious health issues. For instance, penicillium molds often cause chronic sinus infections and inflammation within the lungs.

The truth is, there are several types of green mold–thousands, actually–and none of them are friendly. So, what exactly makes green mold, green?

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The Most Dangerous Molds

If you’ve discovered or suspect you have mold in your home or workplace, the next most common question is “is it dangerous?” Not all molds are created equal. Some are considered toxic mold while others are less of a hindrance. While no mold is good in the home or workplace, there are some types of mold that fall into the “most dangerous molds” category. That is what today’s blog post will cover. These are the molds that will cause the most harm to your home and/or your body, especially with long term exposure.
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Mold and Babies – The Importance of Mold Removal

Is Your Baby at Risk from Toxic Mold?

This time of year brings lots of sneezes and wheezes to young babies as the warm weather is replaced with colder temperatures. Going outside may seem like a bad idea to those parents whose children suffer with seasonal allergies or are susceptible to colds and flus. You may be tempted to stay indoors. But what if staying inside is actually worse? If mold is present in your home, your baby could be at a higher risk indoors.
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MoldBlogger Interview: Lisa and Ron Beres

Q. Being advocates for healthy homes, how often do you get contacted concerning black mold and how to remove it?

Lisa: We get contacted quite often for mold inquiries from people all across the country, but most people are unaware if they actually have mold, the scope of the problem or how to properly remove it. Many people will experience hay fever like symptoms, but if they can’t see visible mold, they tend to think it doesn’t exist or isn’t a real threat.

Ron: We always start by advising the person test, not guess. Too many people unknowingly put themselves and/or their loved ones in danger by ignoring the visible signs of moisture or water damage and/or a musty smell. They assume it will go away on its own. Many people wait too long before addressing the root cause of the issue – typically a leaky water source.
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Treating Mold Health Issues with Essential Oils

Mold Health Hazards

Mold overgrowth is a serious hazard that can lead to a variety of debilitating health conditions. Many types of mold spores are toxic. You may not even realize that you have been exposed to mold. It is often hidden behind walls and floor coverings. The best thing you can do is to identify the mold source, if you suspect you are experiencing poor health due to its presence. The next step is to remediate the mold and treat the symptoms within your body.
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Symptoms of Household Mold Exposure

What are the Symptoms of Household Mold Exposure?

There are a lot of things that make us sick. From the common cold to more serious viruses, every year brings new germs. But what if it isn’t a germ that is making us sick? What if it is something else? What if it is something growing in our homes? When a person feels ill they may not immediately consider the cause to be mold. Mold can and does cause serious health problems in many people. It helps to understand the symptoms of household mold exposure so that you can recognize them should they emerge in you or a member of your family. 

Exposure to mold has several symptoms including:

  • A skin rash: There are many reasons you may develop a rash, and household mold exposure is one of them. Although you may think that the skin can only become inflamed by direct contact with the mold, this isn’t always the case. You can develop redness in your skin simply from inhaling the fumes from the mold. If you develop a rash on your skin and don’t have an answer as to what caused it, don’t rule out household mold exposure. Head on over to a dermatologist who can help diagnose your condition.
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Mold Awareness Month

Mold thrives in damp environments and does not take long to root itself. Molds can be a beneficial part of nature, although when it begins growing indoors it can wreak havoc not only on the building itself, but also on the individuals who are exposed to the airborne spores. The health effects can last a long time, depending on the extent of the exposure as well as the health and sensitivity of the individual. Some symptoms include respiratory issues, headache, eye irritation, cough, bleeding in the lungs, dizziness, and the list could continue on
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Black Mold Cleaning Tips

If you happen to spot any black mold in your home, you must do everything you can to remove it as soon as possible before the infestation spreads throughout your home. Black mold is very toxic to humans and animals, being the source of serious health issues. There is a bit you must know about the mold itself before you try to focus on cleaning it. We still recommend you look for professional help when you’re handling things as this is a dangerous task. The following tips will give you some idea about what you can expect:
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Black Mold Encounters – A Story about Mold Exposure

My first few months of college became a miserable experience. Not because I had trouble adjusting or was homesick. I became terribly ill. Most nights I obtained very little sleep because I was coughing so profusely that I fractured a rib and would often gag and throw up as a consequence. During class, I always had to choose a seat based on easy exit and carried a plastic bag in case I couldn’t get out quickly enough and my coughing fits turned into gagging and then to regurgitation. I sought medical care with doctors and became an experiment. No one knew what was causing my health problems. I was given allergy medications, steroids, etc. Nothing helped. By this time each cough was terribly painful due to the fractured rib. I remember one night I was so desperate to get some sleep and relief from the hacking that I called home crying. My dad came to visit the next day, and I visited the doctor again.

My sister, who was also my roommate in college, began to suspect something with the air-conditioning filter. She called several times to have it replaced. Finally, after several months it was changed. I began to slowly improve. Eventually I stopped coughing and my rib healed.

More Exposure

Fast forward about five years. My husband and I moved to the west coast. The first two nights we stayed in a building that had visible mold. I had by this time suspected that my problems in college were due to a moldy air-conditioning filter because after this, every time I was around mold I developed a headache, and sometimes other symptoms. By the next morning I had a pounding headache which progressed to one of the worst headaches of my life. Pain medications did not seem to provide any relief. I told my husband that I couldn’t stay in that place any more. I would prefer to sleep in the car.

We found another location to live and I recovered. I still develop symptoms each time I enter a building with mold. I am not sure why my husband or my sister did not have noticeable reactions to mold, yet I felt horrible. I do not know if that first experience in college is what caused my sensitivity to mold which persists today. I do know that toxic mold has ruined and altered many lives. I know that there needs to be a more pervasive awareness of toxic mold and the consequences of mold exposure. I hope we can share more of our experiences and expand the information available that can save others from this life-changing encounter.

Krystle Reeves assists in managing MoldBlogger.com. She has experienced firsthand some of the physical distress mold can cause and hopes to help others find solutions and information for mold-related issues.

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Toxic Mold Lawsuits

How common are Toxic Mold Lawsuits?

In a country where personal injury and negligence lawsuits are commonplace, it was only a matter of time before the United States saw lawsuits regarding toxic black mold.

There are now several active lawsuits around the country regarding mold in residential or commercial buildings, and the exposure too their inhabitants.

What is Toxic Mold?

Toxic mold, scientifically known as Stachybotrys, is the greenish-black mold that grows on material with high cellulose content, such as straw, fiberboard, dry wall, and paper.

It does not grow on plastics and vinyl. Stachybotrys gives off powerful mycotoxins that are dangerous to human health when exposed to them.

With the public becoming more and more aware of the dangers of mold, and upon the decision of most health departments to label Stachybotrys as a health hazard, the path has been laid for lawsuits to commence.

What is the Outcome of Toxic Mold Lawsuits?

Building owners, homebuilders, and insurance companies are all finding themselves on the defending end of litigation.

Courts are taking these claims very seriously, and juries have already awarded large sums to people who have been negatively affected by toxic mold.

Insurance companies have had to payout when they failed to pay for moisture-related repairs that eventually turned into a mold problem, and homebuilders have lost suits that claims bad workmanship contributed to the ability for Stachybotrys to grow and take over.

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Understanding the Dangers of Toxic Mold

What Is Toxic Mold?

Stachybotrys is a greenish-black mold that is often known as toxic mold, or black mold. This type of mold is often more dangerous than other white molds, such as food mold.

Highly dangerous toxins are released into the air by Stachybotrys, and breathing anywhere around the infestation of mold can cause serious health risks.

There are also other dangers of living with this toxic mold, including damage to the home that can be costly to its overall value.

What are the Dangers of Toxic Mold?

Since a house doesn’t have to be subject to a natural disaster for Stachybotrys to grow, it is important for all homeowners to know the dangers of this toxic mold, so that if they suspect their house is affected, it can be dealt with immediately. Leaks, high humidity, and poor ventilation are all possible avenues that encourage mold growth.

Preventing mold is the best thing a homeowner can do, and leaving a known patch to grow beyond contamination is only asking for one or more of these dangers to knock on the door of your home.

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