Cladosporium may be allergic in genetically sensitive people. The common symptoms are asthma, hay fever, sniffles, and sneezing. Lung infections may also occur.
Cladosporium is generally non-pathogenic, except for one species (Cladosporium Carrionii). Cladosporium is considered to have low toxicity.
- Allergen: coughing and sniffles
- Toxigenic: young, sick, and elderly
- Pathogenic: everyone
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Cladosporium is often found in soil, plant litter, as a plant pathogen, on leaf surfaces, or on old or decayed plants with olive to brown coloration. It is disseminated as a dry spore by the wind.
For indoor growth, this fungus requires cool conditions. Most species of Cladosporium grow at 32°F and are generally associated with refrigerated foods.
Cladosporium has also been known to cause other, less common symptoms including hypersensitivity pneumonitis called Cladosporium is also known to cause “hot tub lung” and mold hypersensitivity.
Cladosporium a pathogen, one species called Cladosporium Carrionii, has been known to have pathogenic effects but is generally found in subtropical and tropical regions. This specific pathogenic species grows at 95-98°F.
As a toxigenic agent, it produces cladosporin and emodin, neither of which is considered highly toxic.
Additional information can be found at EMLab Fungal Library.
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