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Health effects of indoor fungi.

Authors
  • Portnoy, Jay M
  • Kwak, Kristina
  • Dowling, Paul
  • VanOsdol, Thomas
  • Barnes, Charles
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annals of Allergy Asthma & Immunology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2005
Volume
94
Issue
3
Identifiers
PMID: 15801241
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Reduced fungal exposure can reasonably be expected to improve health. Removal of moisture from the indoors and proper maintenance of air filters can aid in prevention and elimination of fungi from the home environment. Small areas of present contamination can be cleaned with a dilute bleach solution, which kills viable colonies and removes their mycelia. If fungal contamination is not addressed early, substantial damage can occur, requiring professional remediation. Above all, the individual should not panic at the first sight of fungi growing in the home. Regular inspection and cleaning can prevent many fungus-related problems.

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