Molds, Mycotoxins and Health Effects

It’s not the mold you should be worried about…it’s the toxins they produce

All homes and buildings contain molds or fungi. Out of the over 50,000 different species of mold, only 200 present serious health risks to humans or animals. These harmful species are known as “Toxic Molds” and produce potentially hazardous mycotoxins that can cause many medical conditions, including cancer.

Where conditions are right, fungi proliferate into colonies and mycotoxin levels become high. Toxins vary greatly in their severity. Some fungi produce severe toxins only at specific levels of moisture, temperature or oxygen in the air. Some toxins are lethal, some cause identifiable diseases or health problems, some weaken the immune system without producing symptoms specific to that toxin, some act as allergens or irritants, and some have no known effect on humans.

The RealTime Labs offers the largest test panel of Mycotoxins with 15 of the most common mycotoxins detected. Learn more about these molds, the mycotoxins they generate and the adverse health conditions they can contribute to.

Aspergillus flavus

A. flavus is the second leading cause of invasive aspergillosis in immunocompromised patients.

Aspergillus ochraceus

Ochratoxin A has been shown to interfere with cellular physiology in multiple ways.

Aspergillus flavus

Has been associated with urinary tract infections and bladder cancers.

Chaetomium globosum

It is found on wet drywall, wall-paper, carpets, window frames and baseboards.

Fusarium sp.

Most are plant pathogens and can infect crops such as wheat, barley, oats and other feedstuff.

Aspergillus versicolor

A. versicolor is one of the most frequently found molds in water damaged buildings.