Emericella nidulans is actually a strain of aspergillus mold originating in Australia. It's also known as aspergillus nidulans. It's usually green in color, sometimes olive green, sometimes a gray-green and sometimes brownish-green. There are numerous health problems associated with this strain of mold, many of them very serious or even life-threatening.
It is possible for people to be allergic to any strain of mold and many people are allergic to multiple strains. This particular strain is especially likely to trigger allergic reactions, however. Symptoms of allergic reactions may include a runny nose or a stuffed up nose, sneezing, wheezing, headache, sore throat, and red, itchy, watery eyes. An allergic reaction can also cause an itchy rash or hives. Allergy is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to health problems associated with this type of mold, however.
According to Central Coast Allergy and Asthma, a medical practice specializing in pediatric and adult asthma, allergy and immunology, it causes both upper and lower respiratory tract disease. Infection caused by this type of mold is so common, in fact, that there is a specific name for it – aspergillosis.
Infection from this type of mold can cause sinusitis, an infection of the sinus cavities. We typically don't think of sinus infections as being too serious and often they aren't. You might have a headache and some pain or pressure in your face. But the infection can spread to the bones of the face that surround the sinus cavities and damage or destroy the bones. Sinusitis can also spread to the brain, which of course is extremely serious.
According to the Mayo Clinic, aspergillosis can cause bleeding in the lungs, a potentially fatal complication. While it's not a common condition caused by exposure to mold, there are a few other strains of mold that can also cause bleeding in the lungs. Babies are especially susceptible to this complication. You can read more about how mold affects the lungs.
Aspergillosis infection can also spread throughout the body, a very serious condition known as sepsis, which can lead to multiple organ failure and death. Those with disorders of the immune system are most susceptible, including people undergoing chemotherapy and those with HIV or AIDS.
If you're having health problems you think may be related to mold exposure, see your doctor as soon as possible. Receiving a prompt diagnosis and treatment can prevent serious complications from occurring. Make sure you let your doctor know if you've been exposed to mold in the home and, if you know, what type of mold is in your home.
The treatment prescribed will depend on your specific symptoms but may include antibiotics to treat infection as well as antifungal medications. Your doctor might also prescribe oral steroids for asthma or other problems breathing. In cases of serious illness, hospitalization may be required for IV medications, breathing treatments and other specialized medical care.
If you have emericella nidulans, or any other strain of mold for that matter, in your home, you need to have it removed as soon as possible. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all forms of mold are potentially harmful and need to be removed. There are no established safe levels for mold in the home.
If you're experiencing mold-related health problems, if you are allergic to mold, if you have respiratory problems such as asthma, or if you have any conditions affecting your immune system, we recommend consulting your doctor before you begin the process of removing mold from your home. Your doctor may recommend that you arrange for someone else to do the work for you and that you stay out of the house while the work is going on, in order to prevent further exposure to mold that can make you sick or cause your condition to worsen.
If you decide to handle the mold removal work yourself, you should be sure to wear the appropriate safety gear, including an N-95 face mask that will prevent you from inhaling mold spores.
Whether you plan to do the work yourself or want to hire someone for the job, we suggest scheduling a free consultation with a mold remediation professional. Even if you plan to do the work yourself, you can benefit from some free expert advice, including safety tips. You can find experienced mold remediation professionals available for free consultations in your area by following the link.