So what is “toxic black mold”?
There are thousands of species of mold, most good and some bad. One species, in particular, is known as “Toxic black mold”, and it can cause significant health problems.
Toxic black mold, (or Stachybotrys chartarum), is a particular species of mold that can release spores as it feeds on organic materials in common household materials. These spores, if ingested or inhaled, can cause a range of unpleasant and even dangerous symptoms in humans.
How does mold exposure affect people?
Some people are sensitive to mold. For these people, exposure to mold can lead to symptoms such as stuffy nose, wheezing, and red or itchy eyes, or skin. Some people, such as those with allergies to mold or with asthma, may have more intense reactions. Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of mold in occupational settings, such as farmers working around mold hay. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath.
People with a weakened immune system, such as people receiving treatment for cancer, people who have had an organ or stem cell transplant, and people taking medicines that suppress the immune system, are more likely to get mold infections.
Exposure to mold or dampness may also lead to development of asthma in some individuals. Interventions that improve housing conditions can reduce morbidity from asthma and respiratory allergies.