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All You Need To Know About Blue Mold

Sisca Pungo
All You Need To Know About Blue Mold

The home may have blue mold or bluish-green mold. This is usually caused by either Penicillium or Aspergillus. These molds are among the fastest-growing (usually in 24 to 48 hours), and they require very little moisture to grow their colonies.

Penicillium may sound familiar. Penicillium is the same mold that antibiotic penicillin is made. Penicillium is a variety of over 300 species. Most people don't know much about it because of its medical uses.

Blue mold can be found on foods, such as breads and citrus fruits. However, it can also grow on household materials like wallpaper and drywall that has been damaged by water. You can also find it on furniture that has suffered water damage like couches and mattresses.

Blue mold disease is caused by Penicillium expansum. (Link) This is the most economic postharvest disease that affects fruit and vegetable storage. Some strains of the fungus also produce patulin, a mycotoxin that can cause food spoilage. This chapter discusses the pre- and after harvest factors that influence the likelihood of blue mold growth. Blue mold disease is controlled by synthetic fungicides. The resistance of P. expansum in 1980s to benzimidazole-fungicides has led to the development of novel, lower-risk fungicides, biological controls agents (BCA), and other alternatives. Future research and implementation should be focused on the development of integrated disease management strategies. These integrate biological and conventional control systems with one or several of the physical, biological, and genetic control methods to effectively manage postharvest blue mold in bathroom. This chapter examines the nature and effects of P. expansum, a postharvest pathogen that causes blue mold disease in fruits and vegetables. It also discusses the factors that affect infection at harvest, postharvest and postharvest. The chapter also discusses alternative and conventional methods to control the pathogen in storage. A literature search has shown that blue mold disease in apple and P. expansum were extensively studied due to their economic importance in horticulture as well as the ability of certain strains of P. expansum to produce the mycotoxin patulin that can affect humans. However, other P. expansum or crop combinations have not been as thoroughly researched.

Aspergillus is another common blue mold. Aspergillus is a common type of blue mold that thrives on leaves and decaying vegetation. This type of mold can be found in almost every household. However, unless you have a compromised immune system or have a lung disease, it is unlikely that you will be affected. Aspergillosis is the most common Aspergillus-related disease. People with weakened immune systems due to cancer, leukemia or AIDS or who have had chemotherapy are most at risk. Aspergillosis can quickly spread to your brain and kidneys, making it potentially life-threatening.

While the color of a mold does not indicate a particular health hazard it is an indicator that there may be one. However, some species of Penicillium or Aspergillus have been known to produce harmful compounds called mycotoxins. These toxic compounds can cause harm to both humans and animals. All blue and blue-green molds should therefore be considered a health risk. You should avoid compost piles, decaying plants, and stored grain facilities that often contain mold if you have a compromised immune system.

Health problems due to blue mold

Penicillium is a mold that makes penicillin. However, this does not make it safe for people to be in close proximity to Penicillium and Aspergillus. The blue-colored mold spores can cause allergic reactions, inflammation of your lungs, pain in your chest, and infections. Mold-related diseases are more common in people with asthma or emphysema, and also among the very young and very old. Anyone can be affected.

Talk to your doctor if you suspect that mold exposure may have caused health problems. To diagnose and prescribe the right treatment, your doctor may perform allergy testing or other tests. To fully recover, however, you will need to remove any mold from your home.

Clean up blue mold

Aspergillus and Penicillium mold spread quickly throughout your home. If you see blue mold you need to get rid of it immediately. Blue mold is very common and spreads quickly. If you find it in one place of your home, chances are that there is more growing elsewhere. You must first find it before you can clean it up. Mold can often grow in places that are not easily visible, such as inside walls or heating and ventilation ducts. We recommend having someone come in to inspect your home. Certified mold testers are able to conduct special tests to find any areas where mold may be growing in your home. Follow this link to find a list certified mold testers in your area.

Non-porous surfaces such as metal, glass and toilets may be treated with an antimicrobial cleaner like Foster 40-80. However, it is usually impossible to completely remove mold from porous surfaces like wood, drywall and ceiling tiles. These materials must be contained and removed from your home. Take care to avoid spreading mold to unaffected areas. You can then replace any mold-damaged materials once the mold has been completely removed.

To protect yourself against inhaling any micro-mold spores or getting in contact with them, you should use an N-95 rated full face respirator. To protect your eyes, you can use a N95-rated dust mask and goggles if you don't have a full-face respirator. Mold spores are most likely to enter your body through your nose, throat, or eyes.

Mold remediation experts recommend that you set up negative pressure around your work area if you have a lot of mold. This will stop any mold spores from spreading to other parts of your home. After mold removal is completed, you should maintain the negative pressure for at least 48 hours. This is especially important when dealing with Aspegillus and Penicillium molds, which spread quickly. For more information on mold removal, you can visit this link.

Remediation by professionals

Aspergillus and Penicillium mold removal can be difficult, as you may have seen. It is a good idea to make an appointment to meet with a professional mold remediation expert. They will inspect your property, assess the situation, and give you advice on the best way to proceed. Even if the task is something you decide to do yourself, professional guidance will be invaluable. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about mold-related health. Your doctor may recommend that you hire a professional to help you. Follow this link to find a list of mold remediation specialists near you.

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