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Mold Can Heal Or Kill Depending On The Type Of Spors

Aug 12, 2008
Unseen by the naked eye is mold. Mold is a type of fungus that, depending on the situation, can be good or bad. If it is pertaining to mold found in the environment, then it is good because it breaks down dead organic matter, which is part of the decaying process.

Other good reasons for mold growth are in cheeses where it is safe to eat, and in Penicillin, which is used to treat bacterial infections. While some molds are generally harmless, there are some that can cause minor or major allergic reactions, respiratory problems, and various fungal infections. When fungus grows on food, it can produce miniscule amounts of mycotoxins.

Generally, mycotoxins are pretty harmless, but some can be very dangerous and can be found on some produce, but primarily on grains and nut crops. Even worse, the most dangerous mycotoxin found are aflatoxins, which is a cancer-causing poison that is produced by certain fungi. Once aflatoxins are produced on a food, introducing it to extreme cold or heat can not kill it because it is heat stable. Some other common mycotoxins are ergot, ochratoxins, and ergotamine.

Mold can be dangerous if it is found inside your home. Mold is usually something that most people do not think about. Disinfecting and cleaning surfaces exhibits the maintenance of a healthy environment, but mold can grow just about anytime, anywhere. It can be found on your bedroom wall behind the bed's headboard. It can be found in your bathroom. It can be found growing in your laundry room or garage. It can even be found in your carpet. It can be found anywhere where the environment is right for mold to grow.

Mold spores are reproduced either sexually or asexually. These mold spores commonly travel through the air, although it can also travel through water and sometimes even insects. Spores are invisible to the naked eye until it finds a place to grow in your home. It can look like a smudge of dirt or a small gray stain. If it finds a surface that is wet, it will start growing and spreading.

Mold cannot grow unless there is moisture. If you have a leak that you cannot fix yourself, call a plumber right away and have him fix it. If there is ever a flood in your home, then do your best to dry every nook and cranny, open up some windows or turn on the air conditioner for ventilation, call your insurance company, and get professional advice from a water damage restoration expert.
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