Common Mold Spores & Side Effects

Mold Name

Possible Side Effects

Spore Colony Specs

Alternaria

Sinus Congestion
Asthma (can be severe)
Sore Throat
Sneezing
Itchy and Watery Eyes
Hypersensitivity
Skin Infections
Sinus Infections
Pathogenic Health Effects

Grows Very Quickly
Gray, Brown, Green, Black
Fuzzy Texture

Ascospores

Sinus Congestion
Sneezing
Itchy and Watery Eyes

Many Types

Aspergillus

Sinus Congestion
Asthma
Sore Throat
Sneezing
Itchy and Watery Eyes
Possible Ear Infections
Possible Skin Lesions
Possible Ulcers
Pathogenic Health Effects

Appearance Based on Genre
Different Types of Ascospores

Aureobasidium

Sinus Congestion
Asthma
Sore Throat
Sneezing
Itchy and Watery Eyes
Upper Respiratory Infections

Grows Very Quickly
White, Pink, Yellow, Black

Basidiospores

Sinus Congestion
Asthma
Sore Throat
Sneezing
Hay Fever
Itchy and Watery Eyes
Toxicosis (poisoning)
Upper Respiratory Infections

Many Types

Beltrania

Variety of Health Effects

Brown, Black

Bipolaris

Sinus Congestion
Asthma
Sore Throat
Sneezing
Itchy and Watery Eyes
Upper Respiratory Infections

Grows Very Quickly
White, Green or Black
Many Types of Bipolaris

Botrytis

Sinus Congestion
Asthma
Sore Throat
Sneezing
Itchy and Watery Eyes

Grows Very Quickly
White, Gray, Brown or Black

Chaetomium

Sinus Congestion
Asthma
Sore Throat
Sneezing
Linked to cancer
Itchy and Watery Eyes
Serious Neurological Effects
Brain Lesions
Alzheimers Disease
Pathogenic Health Effects

Grows Very Quickly
White, Gray, Brown or Black

Cladosporium

Sinus Congestion
Asthma
Sore Throat
Sneezing
Hay Fever
Itchy and Watery Eyes
Skin Infections
Toe Nail Infections
Sinus Infections
Upper Respiratory Infections

Speed of Growth Varies
White, Gray, Brown or Black

Curvularia

Sinus Congestion
Asthma
Sore Throat
Sneezing
Itchy and Watery Eyes
Asthma

Grows Very Quickly
White, Gray, Brown or Black

Epicoccum

Sinus Congestion
Asthma
Sore Throat
Sneezing
Itchy and Watery Eyes

Grows Very Quickly
Yellow, Orange, Red, Brown or Black

Fusarium Torula

Pathogenic Health Effects
Toe Nail Infections
Respiratory Infections
Skin Infections

Yellow, Orange, Red, Brown, Black, Pale, Voiles or Blue

Memnoniella

Respiratory Infections
Itchy and Watery Eyes
Sneezing
Erosion of Immune System
Throat Irritation

Grows at Moderate Speeds

Myxomycetes

Sinus Congestion
Asthma
Sore Throat
Sneezing
Itchy and Watery Eyes
Asthma
Hay Fever

Do Not Grow Fungal Media

Nigrospora

Sinus Congestion
Asthma
Sore Throat
Sneezing
Itchy and Watery Eyes
Eye/Skin Infections (rare)

Grows Very Quickly
White or Black

Penicillium/Aspergillus

Sinus Congestion
Asthma
Sore Throat
Sneezing
Itchy and Watery Eyes
Hay Fever
Pneumonitis
Pathogenic Health Effects

Grows Rapidly
Many Colors of Growth
Velvety and powdery Texture

Pithomyces

Unknown Effects

Grows Very Quickly
Wooly Texture
Gray, Brown, Dark Brown

Rust

Sinus Congestion
Asthma
Sore Throat
Sneezing
Itchy and Watery Eyes
Hay Fever

Do Not Grow Fungal Media

Scopulariopsis

Sinus Congestion
Asthma
Sore Throat
Sneezing
Itchy and Watery Eyes
Hay Fever
Alveolitis

Grows at Moderate Speed
Velvety and Powdery Texture
White, Gray, Cinnamon, or Black

Stachybotrys

Wide Range of Effects
Fatigue
Headaches
Irritaion to the Eyes
Fever
Sneezing
Rashes
Nausea
Vomiting
Bleeding in the Lungs and Nose
Sore Throat
Linked to 2 infantile deaths

Grows at Moderate Speed
Powdery Texture
White, Pink, Orange, Black or Pale

Stemphylium

Sinus Congestion
Asthma
Sore Throat
Sneezing
Itchy and Watery Eyes
Hay Fever
Pathogenic Health Effects

Slow Growth

Torula

Sinus Congestion
Asthma
Sore Throat
Sneezing
Itchy and Watery Eyes
Hay Fever
Pathogenic Health Effects

Grows at Moderate Speed
Gray, White or Brown

Ulocladium

Sinus Congestion
Asthma
Sore Throat
Sneezing
Itchy and Watery Eyes
Hay Fever

Grows Very Quickly
Wooly/Cottony
Olive, Brown or Black

Zygomycetes

Sinus Congestion
Asthma
Sore Throat
Sneezing
Itchy and Watery Eyes
Hay Fever
Pneumonitis
Pathogenic Health Effects

Different Genres