Can Your Body Grow Mold?

Most of us have seen mold before, whether it’s growing on old sandwich bread or gathered in the corners of the shower. Toss out the bread or srub up the shower, and all is well. Black mold in the home is a more serious problem.  Mold and mildew can grow and spread through your air conditioning ducts and damage property. It can also cause people respiratory distress.

If mold grows in all these places, can your body grow mold as well? The truth is, the human body is the ideal environment for mold. Mold is a type of fungi that can cause serious health problems. While most of us think of mold-like fungi that grow on surfaces, it can most certainly grow on the skin. And, it can colonize inside a human host.

One of the reasons mold is harmful is that it creates dangerous organic compounds called VOCs. These are highly toxic chemicals. In fact, the material safety data sheets (MSDS) that come with dangerous products list them. These toxic substances are also called mycotoxins.

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