Penicillium-Aspergillus types of toxic molds may cause symptoms similar to asthma, hay fever, and some lung infections in genetically sensitive people.
One species of Aspergillus is considered pathogenic.
- Allergen: coughing and sniffles
- Toxigenic: young, sick, and elderly
- Pathogenic: everyone
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These molds are often found in soil, decaying plant debris, compost piles, and rotting fruit with a blue, green, or white coloration. The dry spores are blown by wind and insects.
Indoor growth is common and is often found in house dust. Penicillium-Aspergillus types of toxic mold are found in water-damaged buildings on the wallpaper, wallpaper glue, decaying fabrics, moist chipboards, and behind the paint.
It can also commonly be found in the blue rot of apples, dried foods, cheeses, fresh herbs, spices, dry cereals, nuts, onions, and oranges.
As an allergen, it has been known to cause symptoms similar to hay fever and asthma as well as symptoms including hypersensitivity pneumonitis called cheese washer’s lung, woodman’s lung, and moldy wall hypersensitivity.
As a pathogen, one species of the Penicillium species called P. marneffei, has been known to cause infection, but has not yet been found in the United States. As a toxigenic agent, it produces penicillic acid, peptide mephrotoxin, viomellein, xanthomegin, xanthocillin X, mycophenolic acid, roquefortine C&D, citrinin, penicillin, cyclopiazonic acid, isofumigaclavine A, penitrem A, decumbin, patulin citreoviridin, griseofulvin, verruculogen, ochratoxin, chrysogine, and meleagrin.
Additional information can be found at EMLab Fungal Library.
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