What Are The Characteristics Of Acremonium Mold?
Acremonium mold is a toxigenic mold type that evolves in its appearance. It starts out as a small moist mold that turns into a fine powdery substance. Acremonium mold is often pink, grey, orange or white in color.
Acremonium grows more slowly than many other kinds of mold, which is great news for homeowners, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be dealt with. However, you are more likely to be able to remove it from an affected area of your home before it spreads throughout the entire house or invades your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system or otherwise develops into a very large and very costly problem.
Despite its slow growth, acremonium can pose a significant health risk. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The National Center of Biotechnology Information (NCBI), acremonium-related infections are more common in immunocompetent people—in other words, it can affect those that are otherwise healthy.
Of the 100,000 types of mold, all are varying in degrees of toxicity. Exposure can produce everything from a few sniffles to considerably worse in terms of your health and can do considerable damage to your home.
Acremonium-Related Health Problems
Infection may occur with exposure to this mold. Mycetoma, infections of the eyes, gastrointestinal tract, sinuses, lungs and heart—including pneumonia or even meningitis—are possible. They may be local, affecting only one area of the body, or may spread throughout the body, affecting numerous organ systems.
Since infection due to this type of mold is not very common, the optimal treatment of these conditions is not well-defined, making them even more dangerous.
How To Remove Acremonium from Your Home
Mold must be removed carefully to prevent it from spreading. It often grows in hard-to-reach spots, like inside walls and ventilation ducts, so special equipment and wearables may be needed in order to reach, remove it and clean the area.
The EPA recommends hiring a professional to remove household mold if the mold covers a large area (more than about 10 square feet), if there is mold inside the heating, ventilation and air conditioning ducts in your home, or if mold develops after the home has been flooded.
Schedule a free in-home consultation with a mold removal professional, who will give you a written estimate for the job, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask an experienced professional questions about the mold in your home and what must be done to remove it.