This mold genus is one of the most common molds found in homes and has over 30 associated species, unlike most mold genus, these mold species can grow even in a cold environment. (Growth can occur at 0°C and often discovered even on refrigerated foods) Due to the fact that it is able to grow within cooler environments it is the most common mold found in HVAC systems in our Florida homes. (In our humble opinion)
This mold can appear very dark black or different shades of green. It also has a powder like appearance.
WHERE IS CLADOSPORIUM FOUND:
Soil, leafs, old and decaying plants and trees.
Widespread, very common in HVAC units, indoor surfaces, wallpaper, wallpaper glue, substrate, textiles, wood, and moist window sills.
POTENTIAL HEALTH EFFECTS OF CLADOSPORIUM:
Type I Allergies including hay fever and asthma symptoms.
Type III hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Hot tub lung, moldy wall hypersensitivity
POTENTIAL HEALTH ISSUES:
Allergic reactions to the eyes, nose, throat, and skin.
Exposure to spores could causes skin rash, lesions, skin infections, and sinusitis.
POTENTIAL TOXIN PRODUCTION:
There are toxins associated with these species, however they are not considered highly toxic to humans as others are.
References: CDC,DaaneLabs, EMLAB,
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