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Facts About Toxic Black Mold That You Need To Know

Aug 18, 2007
One of the most dangerous molds that a person can have growing in their home or place of business is the one that we have all come to associate with the term toxic black mold.

This is Stachybotrys chartarum and it is sometimes simply called stachy for short. The media has made it famous in the past few years and it has been largely responsible for the resurgence of the awareness of the dangers of mold.

The health consequences of this mold living in your home are fairly dangerous and can even end in death in some extreme cases.

This mold is fond of growing on such things as wood that has been water damaged or in some cases, on paper or cardboard that has been piled up and allowed to be wet.

It does not grow on plastic or on non-porous surfaces such as tile in the bathroom or the kitchen or on concrete or counter tops. Any wood or cellulose-based items that have been wetted and let to dry naturally will eventually become contaminated with mold and will probably end up spreading to the rest of your household.

This particular kind of mold needs almost non-stop moisture or humidity to continue to live. It is typically a greenish-black color, slimy, and wet when it is found in the home and it needs such things as cotton, wood, or paper to grow for very long.

Even though the wet spores of this mold do not get into the air very easily, if it is let to try, these spores will enter the air in your home as soon as the air is stirred by a fan or an air conditioner and this can be very hazardous.

This is one of the most dangerous kinds of mold that you can come into contact with. It has been known to kill a persons brain cells and cause sicknesses that can have a similar effect as Alzheimers Disease.

Symptoms of this include dizziness or disorientation of any kind, such as blanking out or forgetting what you were doing while you were in the middle of doing it or memory loss.

If you are not old enough to be at risk to have Alzheimers Disease, it is advised that you see your doctor as soon as possible. If you are concerned that mold may exist, conduct some do-it-yourself mold tests in your home in order to rule out or identify mold as the cause.

Some common symptoms of mold exposure have been known to be pneumonia, headaches, bloody noses, or any other kind of respiratory issue.

Mold also aggravates pre-existing conditions such as asthma or emphysema. Exposure for long periods of time can cause kidney failure, liver failure, or bleeding of the lungs in babies.
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