Types of Mold – When should you be concerned about mold?

Mold comes in many different types and colors, including white black, green, brown and more. Some mold types are harmless and others can hazardous to your health. Unfortunately, it's very difficult to properly identify a specific type of mold with the naked eye.

Molds most often go by their scientific names, such as cladosporium or stachybotrys atra. Because there are hundreds of thousands of mold types, mold is often classified into groups. There are 3 groups of mold that can be potentially harmful to humans.

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Allergenic molds can cause a reaction in some people, especially those with existing allergy sensitivities or asthma. This type of mold could cause allergic reactions such as itchy eyes, rash, runny nose, or wheezing.

Pathogenic molds are types of molds that can cause infections, especially in those with a suppressed immune system. This type of mold would not negatively affect most healthy people, but it can be dangerous to some.

Toxinegenic molds, such as black mold, are the most concerning types of mold. These types of molds can pose serious health threats and have been linked to symptoms such as nausea, worsened asthma, fatigue, and cancer.

While black mold is the most commonly discussed toxinegenic mold, it is important to note that not all black colored mold is toxic and that not all toxic mold is black. The best way to find out what type of mold you may have is to have the mold tested, as this is extremely difficult to accurately determine just by looking at it.

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