Mold Types and Results

Dear George,

Asperguillas/Penicillium and Cladosporin are what type of mold. What if anything can they do to your health?

Signed,
Penicillium Nuts

Dear Nuts,

Molds can cause a number of responses, more than we can answer here, including any degree of allergy.

If you’re talking about classification, molds are either Zygomycota, Deuteromycota and Ascomycota.

Aspergillus is a genus of around 200 molds.
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Deuteromycota
Class: Eurotiomycetes
Order: Eurotiales
Family: Trichocomaceae
Genus: Aspergillus

Penicillium is a genus of ascomyceteous fungi Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Deuteromycota
Class: Eurotiomycetes
Order: Eurotiales
Family: Trichocomaceae
Genus: Penicillium

Cladosporium is a genus of fungi:
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Deuteromycota
Order: Moniliales
Family: Dematiaceae
Genus: Cladosporium

Cladosporium are likely to cause skin and nail infection, sinusitis and/or pulmonary infections which can turn to pneumonia.
Aspergillus species cause Aspergillosis ( fever, cough, chest pain or breathlessnes) Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis or ABPA,
Acute invasive aspergillosi, and disseminated invasive aspergillosis. Aflatoxins are produced by Aspergillus species; Aflatoxin B1 is a known carcinogen.
Some strains of Penicillium are capable of producing harmful secondary metabolites: alkaloids and other mycotoxins. Ochratoxin A is produced by Penicillium verrucosum causes kidney damage.

Molds create mycotoxins ( toxin produced by an organism of the fungus kingdom) Mycotoxins are the poisons that make everyone sick. In addition, people become allergic to mold based on individual sensitivities and the extent of exposure.

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