These stachybotrys molds grow on high cellulose material such as wood, wicker, hay, paper and cardboard. They are also commonly called ‘black mold’ and sometimes ‘toxic black mold’. This mould requires very wet or high humid conditions for days or weeks in order to grow. Common symptoms in humans are dermatitis, pain and inflammation of the mucous membranes, burning sensation in nasal passages, tightness of the chest, cough, nose bleeds, fever, headache and fatigue.
These aspergillus molds can lead to aspergillus sinusitis. Aspergillus is the most common household mold. There are over 185 species of Aspergillus and 22 species are known to cause human illness. Aspergillus fumigatus is the most isolated species followed by Aspergillus flavus. They can be found in almost any home or office. Most are allergens or toxic. Aspergillus are associated with numerous respiratory disorders as well as infections of the ear and eye. Four known aspergillus mold varieties are aflatoxins, and one of the most carcinogenic substances yet discovered, more toxic than many known industrial carcinogens. They are also the most studied molds in medical research.