Black Mold Research Paper

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[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…show more content…
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 mycotoxins may have carcinogenic properties, you should immediately remove yourself from any black mold environment and have the spores professionally removed. Black Mold vs. Other Molds • All molds can potentially cause respiratory symptoms as the spores enter your lungs, but not all molds contain pathogens or mycotoxins. Some of the more common household molds, like Penicillium and and Cladosporium, are far less harmful and only pose a threat to asthma sufferers and people with respiratory conditions. The toxigenic molds, like Aspergillus and of course black mold, can pose a threat to

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