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Molds / Yeasts

MOLDS Information Sheet (Northeastern United States)

CLEANING MOLDY AREAS IN THE HOME

Here more than ever prevention is the key. Even after adequately cleaning a moldy area in your home, there is a great chance the mold growth will return because the original conditions - darkness and dampness persist. Mold growth can affect your health long before it is visible to the eye.

Do not use formaldehyde or chlorine or strong chemicals inside your home despite the fact that they destroy molds. Do not do the cleaning yourself if you are the mold sensitive individual.

OZONE generators are great for destroying mold. It is important to keep the ozone level low while humans and pets are in the rooms, since high levels of ozone are detrimental to lung tissue. However, in a vacated room, the ozone can be turned up to be more effective. When you return home, turn off the unit and stay out of the treated rooms for 20 minutes to allow the ozone to dissipate.

Zephiran chloride can be safely used in the homes of many sensitive patients. Take the 17% solution which is the concentrate and dilute one ounce with one gallon of water. This can be used to clean bathrooms, and floors. A simple and very effective way to avoid mold growth is to keep dry towels in the bathroom to wipe the area dry after each use and then immediately wash the damp towels etc. Borax is also an effective mold retardant.

Dryness, ventilation and light are the key elements always in mold avoidance.

The best way to wash fruits and vegetables to eliminate molds and toxins is to fill the sink or a large stainless steal bowl with water. Add 2 teaspoons chlorine bleach (e.g. Clorox, Purex). Add assorted produce. Soak 20 minutes. Drain. Refill sink with clear water. Soak vegetables again 20 minutes.

The following is a list of common molds and where they are commonly found. Because management depends on lowering total allergy load as well as antigen therapy, the treatment for the important molds is generally extremely adequate.

Mold Mix 1

a) Alternaria tenius (alternata) - Grows as a parasite on plant and plant materials, and found on fruits, vegetables, and cereal grains. It causes several diseases of plants and has been found in the lungs and in the skin infections in humans. This mold stays high in the summer as well as the winter.

b) Aspergillus fumigatus - It is common soil fungus. It can be found growing on any substance, frequently found in damp hay, grain, sausage, and fruit. It is also used to make the preservative citric acid, and gives coffee beans their flavor.

c) Hormodendrum cladisporium - Found on decomposing plants, leather, rubber, cloth, paper and wood products. Spores are released in great numbers after rains and damp weather.

d) Penicillium notatum - Normally a soil inhabitant, but grows easily on fruit, bread, cheese, and other foods. Mutant strains are used to produce the antibiotic penicillin

Mold Mix 3

a) Mucor racemosus - Normal soil inhabitant. Found around barns and barnyards where it grows on animal waste.

b) Phoma herbarum - Grows on paper products, such as books and magazines, certain paints and green plants.

c) Fomes rimosus - Found on rotting wood.

d) Rhodotorula glutinis - A form of yeast found in soil, water and air. Also found on shower tiles, curtains and even on toothbrushes.

Mold Mix 5

a) Pullularia pullulans (Aureabasidium) - It is normally found in soil, but also on decaying vegetation, plants and caulking compound.

b) Cryptococus laurentii - Isolated from various sources in nature, and is noted for its association with bird droppings.

c) Stemphylium Mix - It grows readily on damp paper, canvas, and cotton as well as decaying plant material. Grows on leaves and stems of vegetables. It can grow in any damp place such as bathrooms and basements.

d) Fusarium Mix - It grows as a parasite on green plants as peas, beans, cotton, tomato, corn, sweet potato, rice and also decaying plants.

Cladisporium herbarum

A very common mold found in soil and wherever organic material is present. Causes eye, nail, and skin infections.

T.O.E. Trichophyton rubrium, Geotrichum candidum, Epidermophyton floccosum

Found world wide. Incites diseases of skin, hair and nails. Major cause of skin and nail fungal infections and athlete’s foot.

Candida albicans

Found normally in the Gastrointestinal and oral flora of man and is the number one cause of opportunistic fungal disease.

(Note: Mold Mix 2 and 4 not normally tested for in Northeastern region of United States)

 

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