Oct 12 , 2018
How toxic is mold?
Any mold that produces mycotoxins—the “myco” refers to fungus—is toxic, and it can be quite poisonous. One of the more alarming varieties is Stachybotrys chartarum: Dense, black, and usually present where moisture has been a long-term, unresolved issue, like a damp basement or in an abandoned home, this fungus can trigger a suite of health issues, like persistent headaches, diarrhea, breathing trouble, and more. But other types can also cause issues, warns the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “All molds should be treated the same with respect to potential health risks and removal.” These are the signs of mold that you should be looking out for. If you have mold, when should you call a pro?