How good is your sense of smell? Can you tell the difference between gardenia and jasmine, or do you think that they both just seem “kinda flowery?” Can you identify when the milk in your fridge is just starting to go bad, or does it not grab your attention until long after it’s become sour?
Picture this: you’re cleaning your bathroom, and you notice a patch of black “gunk” in the shower pan or wall tiles. Upon further inspection, you realize that the gunk in question is mold. Dark colored mold. Fear swirls in your gut—is this the dreaded “black mold” that can render a home uninhabitable for months at
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When the average homeowner wants to test their home for mold, they essentially have two options: Hire a professional mold inspector to test the house using state-of-the-art equipment—like RealTime Laboratory’s own Environmental Mold & Mycotoxin Assessment (EMMA). Go to a local home improvement or big-box store, purchase a generic environmental mold test, and do the
Let’s be honest: mold remediation is one of those industries where folks on the outside looking in often find themselves feeling a bit…lost. Without Googling, do know the difference between Rhizopus stolonifer and Stachybotrys chartarum? Could you explain why fungal load is a more accurate way to express test results than a simple spore count?
To most people, the idea of guzzling down a dark-colored beverage, only to see an insect or piece of nondescript grime at the bottom of the cup, is pretty horrifying. But is this notion better or worse than the idea of drinking a dark-colored beverage overrun with gunk that you can’t see? Here’s the bad
Mark your calendars, this year’s Fungal Disease Awareness Week runs from September 23rd to September 27th. Since 2017, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has set aside a few days each year to raise awareness about fungal infections. Their main goal is to inform healthcare workers and patients about just how dangerous fungus-related illnesses can
Sometimes, people joke that they’re “sick” of where they live—it’s a figurative way of saying that they need a vacation, or at least a change to their regular routine. But what if one of your patients came to you and said that their home is actually, literally making them feel physically unwell? Mold is not
As the rate of hurricanes and severe thunderstorms increases, so does the threat of flooding. Unfortunately, once the water and debris from a flood have been cleared, there’s often another danger afoot: mold. Despite their tiny size, mold spores can wreak havoc on the human body when they’re inhaled or consumed. Dealing with a flood
Candida Auris: An Emerging Threat to Weak Immune Systems Candida auris is a type of toxic yeast that was first observed in Japan in 2009. Over the last 10 years, this “superbug” has been found in over 30 countries, including the United States. And it is most commonly spread by direct contact with either an infected