|What is Stachybotrys chartarum?
Stachybotrys chartarum (also known as Stachybotrys atra) is a type of mold that has been
associated with health effects in people. It is a greenish-black mold that can grow on
materials with a high cellulose content - such as drywall sheet rock, dropped ceiling
tiles, and wood - that become chronically moist or water-damaged, due to excessive
humidity, water leaks, condensation, or flooding.
How can you tell if Stachybotrys chartarum is present in your home?
Many molds are black in appearance but are not Stachybotrys. For example, the black mold
commonly found between bathroom tiles is not Stachybotrys. Stachybotrys can be positively
identified only by specially trained professionals (e.g., mycologists) through a
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How can Stachybotrys chartarum affect your health?
Typically, indoor air levels of Stachybotrys are low; however, as with other types of
mold, at higher levels health effects can occur. These include allergic rhinitis
(cold-like symptoms), dermatitis (rashes), sinusitis, conjunctivitis, and aggravation of
asthma. Some related symptoms are more general - such as inability to concentrate and
fatigue. Usually, symptoms disappear after the contamination is removed.
Information provided for commercial buildings that's also applicable to homes
A report on asthma and mold from the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine
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