Phialophora in the home


Phialophora is a brown or black mold often found on rotting wood, both indoors and out. It grows a bit more slowly than some other types of mold, but can still spread easily throughout a home. It likes a lot of water and might be found growing on water-damaged wood under a leaky sink, on attic eaves beneath a leaky roof, or anywhere else wood has suffered water damage. Outdoors it is sometimes found in soil and on rotting leaves or other vegetation.

Phialophora

Illness Due to Phialophora

All types of mold can cause illness and this one is no exception. It has been known to cause serious, sometimes life-threatening, health problems, including:

  • Arthritis – inflammation of the joints, which can be painful and debilitating and can cause lasting damage
  • Infection of the brain, which can be life-threatening
  • Eye infections, which can cause permanent damage and loss of vision
  • Skin infections
  • Subcutaneous cysts
  • Chromoblastomycosis – a chronic skin infection seen most often in tropical areas, including parts of Asia and South America, causing copper-colored wart-like lesions on the skin
  • Endocarditis – an infection of the lining of the heart, which can damage or destroy the heart valves, a life-threatening complication
  • Osteomyelitis – an infection of the bone, sometimes requiring amputation in order to stop the spread of infection
  • Fatal bleeding
  • Respiratory infections, including sinusitis, bronchitis and pneumonia
  • System infections, which can affect multiple organ systems and may be life-threatening

Mold-related infections are most common in people with compromised immunity, such as those with serious health problems, those recovering from surgery or serious injuries, those suffering from illnesses like HIV or AIDS, those taking medications that decrease immune functioning, and those who have undergone an organ transplant. However, that does not mean you’re safe if you’re relatively healthy. Doctors don’t know why mold makes some people sick and doesn’t seem to affect others.

If you’ve been exposed to mold and begin to experience signs of illness, see your doctor right away. Symptoms of mold-related illness may include:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy, watery, irritated eyes
  • Headaches
  • Frequent sinus infections
  • Sore throats
  • Shortness of breath or labored breathing
  • Itchy rash or hives

Be sure to let your doctor know you’ve been exposed to mold.

Treating Illness Due to Phialophora

Treatment for mold-related illness will vary depending on your symptoms, the severity of your illness, and other factors relating to your health. Treatment may include:

  • Topical, oral or intravenous antifungal medications
  • Oral or intravenous antibiotics
  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Medicated eye drops
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Inhalers, nebulizers or other breathing treatments
  • Oxygen
  • Surgery, including amputation of limbs or organ transplants, in severe cases

While many mold-related infections can be treated on an outpatient basis, hospitalization is sometimes necessary. You may be referred to a specialist, such as an allergist, infectious disease specialist, or pulmonologist (lung doctor), if needed.  

As you can see, mold-related infections vary in severity and the treatment of these conditions ranges from fairly simple to complex. These are all reasons why you need to see a physician as soon as possible if you think mold might be making you sick. The sooner you see a doctor and get the treatment you need, the more likely you are to avoid serious illness and the need for costly and possibly painful medical care.

Removing Phialophora from Your Home

In addition to receiving medical treatment, you’ll need to arrange to have the mold removed from your home as soon as possible. Even with the best medical care, your condition may not improve and could even worsen if you continue to suffer exposure to mold. If you are experiencing mold-related health problems or have other medical problems that might be exacerbated by exposure to mold, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends consulting your physician before beginning the cleanup process yourself. That’s because the process of cleaning up mold will further exposure you to mold spores that can make your condition worse.

We suggest scheduling a free consultation with a mold removal professional regardless of whether you want to hire someone to do the work for you or plan to handle the cleanup yourself, because either way you will benefit from some expert advice on the work that needs to be done and the safety precautions you can take to prevent further exposure to potentially hazardous mold. Follow this link to find mold removal professionals offering free consultations in your area.



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