What is Stachybotrys Mold?
Stachybotrys mold is commonly referred to as Black Mold or Stachybotrys mold, which is more commonly found on drywall or in areas with moisture. The exact cause of Stachybotrys mold is not known but is believed to be linked to humidity and heat. Stachybotrys mold grows due to the actions of enzymes. These enzymes are naturally present in human blood and the air. When these enzymes are present in a moist environment they react with cells in the human body and cause mold growth.
Stachybotrys mold is considered toxic, but the actual health hazards are less than those of most other types of mold. Stachybotrys mold is a special family (order) of mold, which is commonly found in the household environment. It is prevalent in aging homes, especially in the attic, bathroom, kitchen and basement. Out-of-home mold helps to degrade organic material such as linoleum or wood-chip flooring. This type of mold can also be mixed with other types mold. For example, it is often found with Aspergillus.
Stachybotrys Mold Health Hazards
Stachybotrys mold does not present health hazards. It is seldom seen in indoor environments and only rarely shows up in building histories. A mold inspection is recommended for any house if there is visible Stachybotrys mold. A mold inspection can be performed by anyone who is qualified to perform the testing or by a professional mold inspector trained in finding and removing mold.
In mold remediation, Stachybotrys mold and Stachybotrys penicillium mold spores are usually detected. People with allergic reactions such as asthma are often tested for allergies. People with allergies to mold are more likely to have serious health problems. Some health problems associated with Stachybotrys mold and Stachybotrys penicillium mold are:
- Asthma – a lung disease that results from exposure to toxic black mold symptoms such as shortness of breath.
- Sinus problems – nasal congestion, painful eye inflammation and fever can be a symptom of a sinus infection caused by black mold.
- Ear infections – an ear infection brought on by exposure to toxic black mold symptoms such as fever and pain.
- Headaches are common with any mold problem and can stem from sinusitis, a blocked sinus or a growth of the same mold.
- Swelling and Pain in the Head/Nose – a swollen and painful head or nose may indicate a sinus infection. Headaches also can occur in people without allergies to Stachybotrys mold.
Excess moisture is a common thing to find in houses with mold mycotoxin growth. Testing for excess moisture will typically reveal evidence of water damage to walls and floors. Excess moisture is caused by condensation that builds up in the walls and windows of a house with a mold problem. When the moisture builds, Stachybotrys mold starts growing and this can result in a variety of Stachybotrys mold symptoms.
Signs of Stachybotrys Mold
– Signs of Stachybotrys mold in the bathroom – If your bathroom is having excessive moisture issues, especially in the areas where you use to shower and dry off, you may have Stachybotrys mold growing in your bathroom. The mold that causes this type of Stachybotrys mold to grow is actually a very small variety of mold. However, it can still cause health problems when in contact with things like cotton and wool clothing. You should test for mold growth in your bathroom regularly. If the moisture issue is not addressed, it could end up causing health problems later on in life. Be sure to check your building history for Stachybotrys mold or Stachybotrys fumarium as part of your regular building inspections.
– Signs of Stachybotrys mold growth in the kitchen – If your kitchen or any other area of your home has problems with excess moisture, you may have Stachybotrys mold growing in your walls and ceilings. In fact, this is one of the more common places in homes where mold growth thrives. As a matter of fact, it is one of the easiest places to be plagued by mold since you don’t really have to deal with any dampness to begin with. Check any leaks or siding that may be sealing properly and make sure that there aren’t any gaps in the walls where moisture is able to build up.
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