Black Mold Essay

394 WordsApr 22, 20122 Pages
[pic] black mold What is Black Mold? • Stachybotrys chartarum is the scientific name for black mold. It also goes by the name Stachybotrys atra. This strain grows primarily on substances that contain cellulose within their cell walls, such soil, cotton and wood, as well as anything derived from plants. It requires long periods of standing moisture, since it is a slow-growing mold. It appears black and green, and like all molds, it emits a musty odor. People at Risk • Black mold is toxigenic, meaning that it releases harmful toxins (called mycotoxins) into the atmosphere. Anyone can experience symptoms after breathing in mycotoxins, but certain people have an elevated risk, including children, the elderly, people with weak or compromised immune systems, asthma sufferers, allergy sufferers and anyone suffering from a respiratory condition. Since mold spores and fumes enter the body through the respiratory symptoms, anybody can suffer painful respiratory infections and inflammations. • Sponsored Links o Mold Cleaning Prices See List of Mold Cleaning Pros. Find Mold Cleaning By Zip Code. MoldCleaning.iCastle.com Symptoms • Besides respiratory symptoms, black mold can cause sinus infections, dizziness, disorientation, painful rashes and swelling. Some of these symptoms occur as a result of the body detoxifying itself to fend off the mycotoxins. Other symptoms occur due to the presence of microbial volatile organic compounds, fumes that impact the central nervous system. The longer you breathe in black mold, the greater your risk. Possible Cancer Risk • The Environmental Protection Agency states that more research is needed before absolutely confirming a link between black mold and cancer, but also notes that evidence shows a possible link between mycotoxins and liver cancer. Given that

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