Mold 


Molds are organized into three main classifications:

 

Allergenic Mold:

central coast casualty - mold damage atascadero - allergenic moldMold is an organism that is present is most places, outdoors and indoors. It is a type of fungus that works to break down dead material and return nutrients to the environment. Mold grows by digesting plant or animal matter, such as leaves, wood, paper, dirt, and food and spreads by releasing tiny, lightweight spores that travel through the air. Mold grows quickly in moist dark spaces, such as basements, garbage cans, and piles of rotting leaves.

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Pathogenic Mold
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pathogenic moldFungi that cause disease in humans or other organisms. The study of pathogenic fungi is referred to as “medical mycology.” Although fungi are eukaryotic organisms, many pathogenic fungi are also microorganisms.

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Toxigenic Mold:

toxigenic moldIn 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition.

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