Stachybotrys mold genus contains about 50 different species and is actually a type of fungi. Almost all of these fungi may cause problems for people but some of them are more toxic than the others. The most toxic kind of molds for people is Stachybotrys chartarum or Strachybortys atra, also known as black or toxic black mold.
Usually, black mold affects people living in buildings damaged by water, especially wood, ceilings and bathrooms. There are cases that black mold infected cotton clothes and also insulation and dry walls.
There are many health problems connected with the black mold and the severity of this medical condition depends on the kind of mold that infected people. Black mold may have toxic effects to the human body and these should be taken very seriously. These molds are known to produce trichothecene toxins, including mycotoxins, which cause all the damage in human body. Mold spores can be transmitted by air and cause a disease, or people or animals may ingest mycotoxins (mold, fungal toxins) and end up ill.
The fungi might also get transmitted through the cuts and the sores on the human skin. Sometimes, people with immune system impairments are more likely to suffer from black mold infection. This includes people suffering from bronchitis and other respiratory problems, but also cancer and AIDS/HIV patients, who could have extremely difficult medical problems.
Black Mold Health Problems
Any unusual symptom may indicate that you are suffering from black mold poisoning. Patients might notice lung problems such as asthma and bronchitis, or skin problems. There might also be some sinus issues, like cough, headaches, sore throat, tremors or, flushed skin.
Sometimes, black mold toxicity may cause chronic tiredness in both humans and animals. These fungi could also cause allergic reactions, skin hives, red eyes and eye redness. Lethargy, heart problems and lung hemorrhaging are quite rare conditions in people infected by black mold, but you should be aware of them.
Black mold can affect the brain and lead to dizziness, lack of energy and concentration and memory problems. They can cause swelling of the lymph nodes, muscle and joint problems, nose bleeding, loss of hair and even poor appetite.
Pregnant women should not be exposed to black mold, because it can cause many health problems, for both expecting mom and the unborn baby. Toxic black mold can lead to miscarriage, anaphylactic reaction, choking, night sweating, cold and even early menopause and MS (multiple sclerosis).