Five common molds that you may be allergic to

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Coming across mould in your home can be unsettling, and it prompts many questions about how to remove mold? What are the dangers of mold in your home? As well as what type of mould is it? Mould is more common than we may realize, and even though it may not be growing on your walls, it could still be in the air. When you're learning about the dangers of mold in your home, it's important to understand which type of mould you might be dealing with, as well as if you're allergic to it. Of course, it's also important that you learn how to remove mold from your home, so it doesn't cause you or your family any harm as well. You can get an allergen-specific immunoglobulin blood test done to determine which types of mould you might be allergic to. The first type of mould in the list of common mould types from Molekule is Aspergillus which is a very common type of fungus that's in the air. It's mainly found in dirt and plants that are decaying, but you can also find it in grain and compost bins. It can also grow on wood, drywall, leather, and clothing and it's most often found in basements. People with low immune health can actually get an illness called Aspergillosis which can cause sinus problems, nail fungus and eye infection. It's pretty impossible to completely avoid this type of mould, but if you are allergic to it, it's best to leave the room or house when your carpets are vacuumed since that's when it's really kicked up into the air.

It's also found in the soil of houseplants, so if you're really allergic to this mould you should consider removing the plants from your home or getting a really good air filter. Penicillium is the common type of mould that you find on rotting food, but it can also be found on walls and in air conditioning units. You might notice the similarity of the name Penicillium and penicillin because this type of mould actually created the first antibiotics, but that doesn't make it safe. So to keep this type of mould out of your home, make sure that you throw away any food that has become mouldy and clean up any mould you see in your home right away. Cladosporium is much like Aspergillus in that it can be found in soil and decaying plants. It can also be found in rooms that tend to have more moisture, like the bathroom. This is the least harmful type of mould, but it can still cause skin, eye, and sinus infections as well as increased asthma symptoms in people with asthma. It especially likes to hide in wallpaper, so it's smart to remove any old wallpaper from your home and paint the walls instead.

Alternaria is one of the only types of mould that isn't usually found growing on building materials like drywall and wood. It comes inside from the outdoors and spreads throughout your home through the central air system. This mould can cause respiratory issues even in those who have allergies. So you can invest in a really good air filtration system or put filters on your vents where air comes out. Stachybotrys is most commonly known as black mould which is the most popular type of mould people talk about when they're talking about toxic mould. This type of mould grows where there is water damage and excess moisture, so it's important to take care of any leaks or damage in your home. No matter what type of mould you discover in your home, you should either clean it yourself or hire professionals to handle it for you so you can live in a healthy home.***

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