Toxic Mold


The terms toxic mold or deadly mold are really not accurate expressions of the dangers of mold exposure. It is not always a mold itself which toxic or poisonous, but it's "by-product". Certain molds which are believed to be most dangerous to humans are toxigenic, meaning they can produce toxins called mycotoxins. Hazards presented by molds that may produce mycotoxins should be considered the same as other common molds which can colonize in your house.

While toxigenic molds found inside homes can cause serious human illnesses there are fewer reports of these dangerous molds. However, when toxigenic molds are confirmed in the indoor environment, chronic or serious respiratory infections are usually found in one or more of the occupants. A common-sense approach should be used for any mold contamination existing inside buildings and homes.

 One example of a well known toxic mold is Stachybotrys. This dangerous mold species can produce several of these mycotoxin chemicals.

Go to What is Black Mold? for more information about this potentially dangerous mold.


Testing For Mold

It is paramount to test for mold when there have been events which could promote any toxic mold in the indoor environment. If any toxigenic mold is found in the indoor environment, extra steps to eliminate the live (viable) and dead (non-viable) mold spores must be taken. It is important to understand that live or dead spores in sufficient quantities can cause serious respiratory illnesses in certain humans depending on many factors.

Certain individuals with chronic respiratory disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, asthma) may experience difficulty breathing. Individuals with immune suppression may be at increased risk for infection from molds. If you or your family members have these conditions, a qualified medical clinician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment. For the most part, one should take routine measures to prevent mold growth in the home.

For more information, please refer to Mold Information page from Toxic Mold

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