Fusarium comprises over 70 species worldwide. It grows in soil, plants, and grains. Because it requires wet conditions, often you’ll find Fusarium growing in humidifiers indoors. The texture of its colonies varies from flat to wooly or cottony and its colour ranges from white, tan and salmon to cinnamon, yellow, red-violet, pink or purple.
Fusarium and your health
Fusarium grows quickly, and many of its species are plant pathogens. For some humans, this mold is a potential allergen, producing symptoms such as hay fever and asthma. Moreover, it’s often linked to eye, skin and nail infections.
Fusarium species produce several mycotoxins, which can affect the circulatory, alimentary, skin, and nervous systems. These species may also trigger allergic symptoms or be carcinogenic if they’re consumed or inhaled for a prolonged period of time.
Symptoms may (or may not) include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dermatitis and extensive internal bleeding.
To find out if you have any Fusarium species growing in your home or office, contact a certified mold testing and inspection company like Mold Busters.