Fusarium is a common mold that can be found just about everywhere. It is often found on soil and plants, both indoors and out. It can grow on many types of food, and on many surfaces, particularly those that have suffered water damage.
Fusarium can grow and spread at lower temperatures. This type of mold spreads easily to any room. Since it does spread so quickly from place to place, if you discover it in one room, you should scrutinize the rest of the home.
Fusarium produces two different kinds of spores. The first can be seen plainly seen on spore traps and tape lifts. They are banana-shaped, and have no distinct color. The second group of spores are much smaller, but essentially look the same. They can be unidentifiable without a culture sample. Fusarium can vary in color from pink to purple and black, and it has a slimy texture.
Fusarium can potentially become airborne once they are dried and this mold can colonize on building materials, but it is not actually an airborne mold. Finding Fusarium in your home means you have an indoor leak or other water problem.
What Does Fusarium Do To You And Your Home?
Like all mold, Fusarium can cause significant damage if left unchecked—it eats away at materials like drywall and wood and given enough time, walls, ceilings, and floors can crumble and collapse.
Fusarium can cause illnesses ranging from skin infections to allergic reactions, which may include sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, itchy eyes or hives. It can create other, more life-threatening conditions as well, including:
- Cystitis – inflammation or infection of the bladder
- Endophthalmitis – an infection of the eye, which can lead to loss of vision
- Osteomyelitis – an infection of the bone
- Septic arthritis – an inflammation of the joint caused by fungal infection
- Brain abscess – a potentially fatal swelling of brain tissues.
Don’t eat food with visible mold on it. Even if you cut the mold off, there’s a good possibility the rest is contaminated with spores you can’t see. Any food found with mold on it should be thrown away.
How To Remove Fusarium From Your Home
If you choose to remove the mold yourself, make sure you use the appropriate personal protective gear, including disposable gloves and an N-95 face mask. Don’t let spores drift into clean areas. Block off your work area and remove any moldy materials by sealing them in heavy plastic before removing them. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, or if you have contamination more than ten square feet in size, contact a mold remediation specialist.