Mold Misery - Health Issues Associated with Mold and Sick Building Syndrome
Molds (or moulds if you prefer) are fungi.
Though technically a kingdom onto themselves, they resemble
plants that lack chlorophyll. Practically translated, this
means that rather than obtaining their nutrients through
photosynthesis (light), mold obtains its food from others,
usually from dead organisms, but, unfortunately, sometimes
from living plants, animals, and people.
Mold and Fungi
There are hundreds of thousands of species
of fungi. Some fungi are edible, such as mushrooms, and
others convert our trash to soil. This is obviously a wonderful
and useful service, but as with any living and eating organism,
there can be competition for available food as well as metabolic
by-products. These include digestive gases, some of which
are irritating and others of which are toxic.
All mold belongs to the fungal kingdom of
nature, but not all fungi are molds. Some people are allergic
to certain molds whereas others are asymptomatic when exposed
to the same molds. Some molds are dangerous to all who
are exposed to them.
Mold absorbs nutrients through a network of
hyphae or mycelium created by the spores. The hyphae
secrete enzymes into the food source. The food, when
broken down by the enzymes, is absorbed into the mycelium. The
hypha is a tube with branches and sometimes tips, called haustoria,
that penetrate the host tissue. Growth continues so long as
there are nutrients.
Photomicrograph from hyphal structure in my blood.
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