Stachybotrys chart arum is a common black mold. It can also be a greenish color. And grows on cotton, wood, and paper products.  Sometimes produces toxic chemicals that are found in its airborne spores and fungus fragments.

These  called mycotoxins and are dangerous if they’re eaten. There’s no link to inhaled Stachybotrys chart arum mycotoxins and deadly diseases. But there are risks for people with allergies, asthma, and other hypersensitivities.

There is no evidence that black mold causes symptoms such as fatigue, memory loss, an inability to focus, or a headache. These symptoms  referred to as “toxic mold syndrome” but are largely due to media hype. Yet some people are allergic to mold. It should always be removed from your home.

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 how are mold induced symptoms treated ?

Treatment for mold allergies and exposure symptoms may include:

  • Nasal sprays or rinses. Over-the-counter (OTC) nasal corticosteroids, like fluticasone (Flonase), reduce airway inflammation caused by mold allergies. A solution of warm, distilled water and saline can also help rinse your nasal passages of mold spores and remove congestion.
  • OTC medications. Antihistamines, like cetirizine (Zyrtec) or loratadine (Claritin), reduce your immune system response, minimizing airway inflammation. Decongestants, like pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), help keep down swelling due to allergic reactions.
  • Montelukast (Singular). This oral medication reduces mucus in your airways, which decreases symptoms of both mold allergies and asthma.
  • Allergy shots. Your doctor may recommend getting regular shots with small amounts of allergens to get your immune system used to them over time.

Keeping clear of mold is the best way to prevent it from triggering your asthma or allergies. When you can’t avoid it, treatment can help manage your symptoms.

Getting rid of black mold

Here are some steps for identifying and removing mold.

What Causes Black Mold?

Molds are an important part of our environment. They decompose dead plants and animals. All types of mold will grow if the conditions are right. Mold grows and spreads quickly in the right conditions, which include:

  • Moisture level (humidity) at or over 70%
  • Adequate food source (such as drywall)
  • Oxygen
  • Temperatures that range from 40 to 100 degrees F

Identifying mold in your home

  • Appearance or dark spots or clusters. Look for spots or clustered growths, especially in warm, moist rooms.
  • Musty smell. You may be able to identify mold by a musty smell.
  • Allergies or asthma. If you experience asthma attacks or allergy symptoms in your home, that may also indicate there’s mold.
  • Potential causes. Look for causes of mold growth, like a leak, water damage, lack of ventilation, or old food, papers, or wood.

How to Prevent Mold

Controlling moisture is the key to preventing mold from growing in your home. The following tips will help stop mold from becoming a problem:

  • Keep the humidity in your house below 50%. Using an air conditioner or dehumidifier can help with this.
  • Make sure your house is clean, dry, and well-ventilated.
  • Fix any water leaks immediately.
  • Use ventilation fans in your kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Don’t put carpet in rooms that are likely to become wet such as the basement, kitchen, or bathrooms.
  • Make sure wet floor mats are dried quickly.

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