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What is Aspergillus Mold?

Aspergillus mold is a common type of fungus regularly found in homes and buildings. Not only is it an annoying problem, but it can also be hazardous to your health. In order for it to thrive, Aspergillus mold needs food and water; more specifically, it requires a source of decomposing organic material and a humid environment. An unusual level of humidity in a home can be caused by a leak in the foundation or in the roof, basement flooding, and water vapor. Materials made from organic substances, such as wooden shelving, paper, and various kinds of fabric, are also an ideal mold sanctuary given the right atmosphere.

How dangerous is Aspergillus Mold?
Severe health problems can develop in individuals that are highly allergic to mycotoxins, which are present in many general types of fungus, including Aspergillus mold. It can be harmful to people with weak immune systems, and people who suffer from lung disease. People with potentially life threatening diseases that debilitate the body, such as AIDS and HIV, are more vulnerable to develop symptoms related to Aspergillus mold.

Aspergillus MoldCommon symptoms of Aspergillosis include:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Chest pain
  • Exhaustion and low energy

How to protect yourself against Aspergillus Mold
First, you should take the necessary measures to prevent mold from establishing itself in your home. If you have any decaying organic material, get rid of it. And while carrying out this task, be sure to wear a mask and gloves as a safety precaution. Individuals who are particularly sensitive or allergic to Aspergillus mold should seek a professional person to eliminate this fungus. Next, ensure that the humidity level in your home is appropriate. Check your house for water leakage, and any signs of excess condensation on the walls and floor.

If you suspect the presence of Aspergillus mold on your premises, it is imperative that it be eradicated immediately. Prepare a solution of bleach and water and wipe down all surfaces composed of organic materials, including areas where potential mold could thrive. Areas in the home that are most prone to mold growth are typically bathrooms and kitchens due their high level of humidity. Always wear gloves, a mask, and other appropriate safety gear when using chemicals. Also remember to properly air out the room to avoid inhaling the fumes.

If you still have concerns over potential Aspergillus mold developing in your dwelling, you can install devices such as a dehumidifier or an air purifier which reduce the possibility of mold growth, or purchase a mold detection kit to alleviate your worries.


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