Molds are fungi that can be found both outdoors and indoors. They grow best in warm, damp and humid conditions. If you have damp or wet spots in your house, you will probably get mold.
Molds can cause health problems. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions or asthma attacks in sensitive people. Molds can cause fungal infections. In addition, mold exposure may irritate your eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home (Environmental Protection Agency, Indoor Environments Division) Also in Spanish
- Mold After a Disaster (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Also in Spanish
- Mold Allergy (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology) Also in Spanish
- Molds in the Environment (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Also in Spanish
Diagnosis and Tests
- Mold Allergy (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Molds on Food: Are They Dangerous? (Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service)
- Removing Mold from Your Home (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
- Tox Town (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
- What People with Weakened Immune Systems Need to Know about Mold (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Facts about Stachybotrys chartarum and Other Molds (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Mold Image Library (Environmental Protection Agency)
Statistics and Research
- Mold (National Toxicology Program) - PDF
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Poor Indoor Air Quality, Mold Exposure, and Upper Respiratory Tract...
- Article: Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry for rapid identification...
- Article: Fungal Infections in Boston Keratoprosthesis Patients: Lessons Learned and Novel...
- Molds -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Also in Spanish
- Find an Allergist/Immunologist (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology)
- National Center for Environmental Health (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Also in Spanish