Chaetomium Globosum Testing
Mycotoxin: Chaetoglobosin A, C
Health Effects: Chaetoglobosins are lethal to mammalian cells due to binding to actin and inhibition of cell division and movement. In one study, injection of Chaetoglobosin A in rodents was fatal at relatively low doses.
C. globosum is a common indoor fungal contaminant of water damaged homes or buildings. It is found on wet drywall, wall-paper, carpets, window frames, and baseboards. Like Stachybotrys, C. globosum spores are relatively large and due to their mode of release are not as easily airborne as are some other molds. Hence, the spore concentration may not be indicative of the severity of the mold contamination, or its production of Chaetoglobosins.
Is Chaetomium Dangerous?
Long term exposure to Chaetomium fungus can be dangerous to humans and cause a number of conditions like asthma and other breathing problems. Mycotoxin production by chaetomium is a serious issue that is important to treat health problems and remove mold growths as soon as possible to prevent long term exposure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is chaetomium mold dangerous?
Chaetomium is one of the most common species of mold that can impact your health. It can cause a number of health problems, especially indoors.
Where is Chaetomium Globosum found?
Chaetomium Globosum is most often found in areas with recent flooding. It can grow in building materials, paper, carpet and other isolated, hard to find spots.
How do you kill a Chaetomium mold?
Chaetomium can be killed with a mixture of bleach, soap and hot water. In some severe cases it may not be possible to kill all the spores.