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)
- 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
- Mold and Indoor Air Quality in Schools (Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards)
- Mold: Cleanup and Remediation (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Molds on Food: Are They Dangerous? (Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service) Also in Spanish
- Moldy Cheese: Is It Unsafe to Eat? (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in Spanish
- Removing Mold from Your Home (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
- Tox Town (National Library of Medicine)
- Facts about Stachybotrys chartarum and Other Molds (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Mold Image Library (Environmental Protection Agency)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Hyphae fragments from A. fumigatus sensitize lung cells to silica...
- Article: A Novel Lipopeptaibol Emericellipsin A with Antimicrobial and Antitumor Activity...
- Article: Multidrug-Resistant Aspergillus fumigatus Carrying Mutations Linked to Environmental Fungicide Exposure...
- 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