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Mold Spores- Could These Illnesses Be Related?
Mold spores are constantly moving through the air – both indoor and outdoor. They are very tiny and lightweight, and this allows them to travel through the air. They are easily dispersed into the air and are present everywhere. They are released as part of the mold reproductive cycle.
Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth. They are airborne particles and can only become active once they get favorable growth the conditions. They cannot germinate and develop into a new colony without the right conditions including a moisture source. They can develop into fungal balls inside sinus cavities and can cause bleeding. Mold spores are probably most well known for their ability to cause sensitization and allergic responses.
Mold spores are a major allergen and can cause serious allergic reactions. They are toxic and can be easily inhaled through the lungs and can cause respiratory problems and other illnesses. They are airborne, and like pollen can be inhaled into the lungs. They can be anywhere from 2 to 100 microns in size, making them easily inhaled by humans. Mold spores are tiny bacteria, and when we say tiny we mean tiny, less than 4 microns in size.
Mold spores are very much like the seeds of a dandelion, only microscopic in size. They are similar to seeds, but cannot be seen until colonies form. They cannot be seen with the human eye but they are present. They are too small to detect with the naked eye. Mold spores can also be carried in on our clothing, shoes, pets and our bodies.
Mold spores can waft in, or be carried in on clothes. They can be carried by dust particles in the air. They are light and stay in the air for extended periods of time. They are so small that if you disturb them, they will stay airborne for a long time. Mold spores can be found and generated at serious levels indoors, as well as out.
Mold spores are created by the mold as a means of propagating. They are the basis for mold reproduction. They are the culprit in seasonal mold allergies. They can only move where air currents take them. Mold spores are abundant on firewood and may easily move to a deck.
Mold spores can move into and gather in one’s lowers lungs, while they are there they can produce toxins. They may lodge in the pathways of the upper respiratory system or in the lungs themselves and cause irritation. They can deposit on the lining of the nose and cause hay fever symptoms. They are fungal reproductive cells about the same size as pollen grains. Mold spores are produced in the thousands or millions within hours of the start of sporulation.
Mold spores are very easily transported to different areas by attaching themselves to various hosts. They can attach themselves onto the damp clothing and then they will be brought back to the inside.
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Dr. Jackson Kung’u is a Microbiologist who has specialized in the field of mycology (the study of moulds and yeasts). He graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, with a Masters degree in Fungal Technology and a PhD in Microbiology. Jackson has analyzed thousands of mould samples from across Canada. He also regularly teaches a course on how to recognize mould, perform effective sampling and interpret laboratory results. Jackson provides how-to advice on mould and bacteria issues.
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