Stachybotrys chartarum (also known by its synonym Stachybotrys atra) is a greenish-black mold. It can grow on material with a high cellulose and low nitrogen content, such as fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, dust, and lint.
People with allergies may be more sensitive to molds. People with immune suppression or underlying lung disease are more susceptible to fungal infections.
Mould and Ashtma
Moulds release tiny seeds called spores into the air, which can trigger asthma symptoms in some people. Spores are released when there is a sudden rise in temperature in a moist environment, such as when central heating is turned on in a damp house, or wet clothes are dried next to a fireplace.
To help avoid this trigger:
- Ensure the house is well ventilated.
- Ensure damp and mould in the home is treated quickly.
- Avoid areas (such as gardens or compost) that may contain mould spores.
- When showering or cooking, keep internal doors closed to prevent damp air from spreading through the house and use extractor fans.
- Try not to dry clothes indoors, store clothes in damp cupboards or pack clothes too tightly in wardrobes.