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Last updated: March 31, 2018

What Does Mold Mean?

Mold is a fungus that can be found both indoors and outdoors. Warm, damp, and humid conditions encourage the growth of molds and they propagate by means of spores that are spread through the air. The spores are also able to survive in harsh environments, such as dry locations.

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Some of the more common indoor mold species include Aspergillus, Alternaria, Cladosporum, and Penicillium.

Molds are often associated with low indoor air quality, which can lead to health problems. They produce allergens and irritants which, if inhaled or touched, can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. People who spend time in environments where molds grow easily, sometimes complain of respiratory effects, headaches, and other physical symptoms. More severe reactions to mold may include fever and shortness of breath.

The best method of controlling the growth of mold is to control moisture.


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