Found in most parts of the world, Aspergillus mold is one of the most common types of household fungus. It’s relatively harmless for most people, but it can lead to severe consequences for those who already have a weak immune system, a respiratory condition or a lung disease.
According to the Mayo Clinic, exposure to Aspergillus mold can result in a sinus infection that destructs facial bones, bleeding in the lungs and sepsis, which can be fatal. To ensure your home is free from this mold, it’s important to invest in a professional inspection annually and, if you spot any of the signs, contact a restoration company immediately before you put your health at risk.
What is Aspergillus Mold and Where Does it Grow?
Several hundred types of mold compose the Aspergillus genus. Some are more dangerous to humans than others, and they’re most commonly found in the Northern hemisphere during the fall and winter.
Aspergillus mold usually grows on substances heavy with carbon and in environments rich with oxygen. It can also grow in damp locations, though, as a part of mildew. If you spot mold on your bread or potatoes, it’s probably a species of Aspergillus mold.
Homeowners in Tampa Bay might also spot Aspergillus mold growing on damp walls, floorboards, wallpaper, carpets, fans, filters and more.
How is Aspergillus Mold Harmful to Humans and How Do You Treat It?
One condition caused by inhaling microscopic spores of Aspergillus mold is known as allergic aspergillosis, which can lead to a high fever, asthma attacks and coughing up mucus and even blood.
As stated earlier, some people might experience worse symptoms that can eventually become fatal, including those with asthma, cystic fibrosis and immune system disorders. Infants, young kids and the elderly are also susceptible, as well as people recovering from serious sicknesses or surgeries.
- Fatigue and headache
- Wheezing and shortness of breath
- Fever and chest pain
Of course, if you suffer from any of the symptoms mentioned, the first call should be to your doctor. But don’t wait too long to contact us. The longer you let Aspergillus mold grow in your home, the worse it can be for your family, your business or both.
For information about how to prevent mold growth in residential and commercial buildings, or if you need immediate mold remediation, call us at (813) 473-6940 in Hillsborough County and (727) 258-2076 in Pasco and Pinellas counties.