While there are many different types of mold on earth, one of the most common and concerning is Aspergillus niger. This is generally believed to be the most common form of fungi in the world with more than 200 species having been identified. While many of these specifies are only mildly allergenic or completely harmless, there are some that are incredibly dangerous to humans and have been known to cause acute and chronic infection and disease, which is why so many people are interested in how to kill Aspergillus niger. One laboratory, MBL Laboratories, states that this type of mold is concerning because it can be inhaled and then penetrate deep into a person’s lungs. The small size of the spores makes it difficult for people to clean their homes and eliminate the mold on their own.
Luckily, most of these dangerous species are very rare in indoor locations but there are a few, namely A fumigatus, A flavus, and A niger, that are often found in public buildings and residences. This is because these spaces provide great growing environments for the mold.
People are always wondering how to eliminate mold, especially because Aspergillus niger can so easily grow on many different substances. This mold can grow in areas without many nutrients, making it incredibly hardy. It is black and has a yellow or white layer underneath. While a very concerning type of household mold, chances are good that you will be infected by a different type of Aspergillus. A niger is able to form fungal balls deep in lungs, which will grow and cause symptoms.
Aspergillus Flavus Mold
The Aspergillus mold is best known for producing aflatoxin, which is a mycotoxic mold that can lead to liver cancer. This is a risk when consumed and inhaled and can cause serious infections.
Aspergillus Fumigatus Mold
This is the most virulent strain of all and causes the majority of Aspergillus infections. People can become hypersensitive to this mold, developing horrible asthma symptoms. This mold loves to live in areas with decomposing organic material but is highly adaptable. While not a black mold, this mold is very dangerous and needs immediate removal. People want to know how to stop mold on food and fruit; using Odorox/Pyure Hydroxyl Generator air machines is a great step.
Understanding Illness From Aspergillus Mold
People are constantly exposed to small amounts of these spores but this is not usually a problem outdoors. Indoors, however, the spores can multiply and be spread through the building, thanks to the indoor ventilation, allowing them to become dense and cause harm. They can cause many reactions when present indoors.
Mold Allergic Reactions
Many people want to know how to eradicate black mold because they have allergic reactions to it, including sinus congestion, sore and irritated throat, sneezing, hives, bloodshot eyes, and coughing. Additionally, some life-threatening reactions can occur, including serious problems with breathing.
Toxic Mold Reactions
The mycotoxins produced by Aspergillus can cause problems such as immunological damage, neurological damage, cancer, and even miscarriage.
When the spores are inhaled, they will grow inside the lungs. This can cause many different medical problems, such as allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, which causes the immune system to become hypersensitive to these spores and results in many symptoms. They include difficulty breathing, loss of appetite, and even permanent lung damage.
Invasive Asperillosis Mold
This disease causes the growth of fungal balls in the lungs that will release toxins into the body. Symptoms include weight loss, chronic coughing, and coughing up blood. A lab test is necessary to identify the mold and to determine what is causing the problem.
Aspergillus molds can grow anywhere in the home where there is moisture and oxygen, which means that you need to treat your whole home to stop their spread. This is especially important if you have had problems in the past with mold in your home. Using a machine from http://www.odoroxair.com that can kill, remove, and eliminate these spores is key to a healthy home and family. These processors will not only eliminate the smell of mold but also kill the spores and prevent them from harming you.
It has been almost a year since we first met at the International Home Show and you introduced me to the benefits of the Odorox decontamination technology. After almost one year of trialing your product and purchasing equipment, I'm pleased to provide you with an update on our success year to date.
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During the retiling of our indoor pool last spring we smelled a very nasty odour off-gassing during the excavation process and it was negatively affecting some of the common areas which our tenants use for private parties and other events. After contacting your company, you were able to make a site visit and bring us 3 machines to trial to help mitigate the odour. We placed an Oasis in the common room and used two Boss units in the adjacent hallways and elevator corridor and were able to successfully eliminate the odours in only a few hours. It was amazing and we were able to keep the Oasis in the common room during the restoration project ensuring that our clients had no ill effects from the smells during the entire construction project.
Subsequent to completing the pool project, we were able to successfully remediate odours such as smoke and other unwanted smells by placing your equipment right into the condo units as problems arose. The nice aspect of the technology is that it is safe to place while the unit is occupied yet removes odours such as smoke not only from the air, but from the carpets and walls. This saves us money without having to call in outside contractors to remediate our properties.
Obviously one of our concerns with respect to garbage rooms is both, odour and safety and like any Other property manager, there have been times when unwanted smells have seeped up through the garbage chutes negatively affecting tenants on the first few floors. We placed one of your Boss units into our main garbage area and were amazed that after one or two days that the odours were completely eliminated. The machine has now been operating for 8 months and we have had to do nothing but leave it on site running. There are virtually no electrical costs since the equipment operates on less than 2 amps. Since start-up we have eliminated the need to purchase chemicals and other odour remediation products. The added feature that your equipment also eliminates surface bacteria and air-borne viruses without touching them helps us ensure that no unwanted pathogens find their way from the garbage room to our tenants via the garbage chutes.
I was very skeptical when I first heard about your product line at the Toronto show. Truthfully it is impossible to believe that you can simply plug in a machine and not only get the smells out of the air, but as well walls and ceilings or anything else without touching it. You proved me wrong!
This condominium is a very high end building with some owners paying several million dollars for their suites. After using chemicals and other masking agents to try and protect the expected smells and odours common when dealing with garbage, it is great to finally own a product that is maintenance free, GREEN, and that can be used for many different applications.
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JEMS, Journal of Emergency Medical Services
Hydroxyl generators kill germs & snuff odors
An Odorox® .Slimline. model portable hydroxyl generator sanitizes this ambulance. Photo Thom Dick
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We've talked about cooties before, Life-Saver. Nothing is scarier than some of the stuff you can't even see.
Fortunately, our bodies came equipped with an incredible array of weapons to protect us from sick people's diseases.
I can't find any studies that say so, but I don't think EMS providers get sick as often as most other people. If that's true, I suspect it's because we're exposed to so much disease on a regular basis that we're somewhat immune to it. I've always been impressed by that (and have always been grateful for it.) But I still think we'd be a lot safer if somebody could devise a surefire way to sanitize an ambulance without taking it apart.
In the March 2005 installment of this column, I discussed numerous ways EMS providers could minimize their exposure to disease. I suggested everything from leaving their boots at work to routinely cleaning door handles, stretchers, ceiling hardware and radio mics with contact cleaner. I've also talked about such practices as hand-washing, ditching exam gloves before driving, removing the floor hardware to address substances that accumulate there and not eating in ambulances.
I do brag some about my agency's crews. I hope you understand I love 'em to death. If you ever come and ride with us, you'll see why in about a second. Not only are they fine caregivers, but they also have hearts the size of toasters. If we were to lose just one of them, all of EMS would be damaged. Their families expect us to keep them safe, and we try hard to do that.
One of our first responders is an EMT named Chris Forbes. Chris is a lieutenant with our fire department here in Brighton, Colo., and he's a part-time distributor of gizmos called hydroxyl generators. Hydroxyl ions are unstable, negatively charged molecules that oxidize single-celled organisms, and thereby, destroy them. Chris showed us a device the size of a briefcase that's designed to produce and circulate hydroxyls throughout a closed environment about the size of a small house (2,000 square feet). We bought it (for about $2,800). When we take an ambulance out of service for maintenance, and before we give it back to a crew, we plug the device into the unit's 110VAC shoreline circuit and run it in the patient compartment for 24 hours with all the doors and windows closed.
We're pretty small-time, and we serve a poor district, so we don't have a lot of money for science. We've found no reference to anybody using hydroxyl generators in ambulances. But the independent lab reports we've read say that in structures, this device destroys more than 99.9% of airborne, surface and contained anthrax, Clostridium difficile, Escherichia coli, influenza A, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Listeria monocytogenes, MRSA, Staph aureus, molds and their spores, and tuberculosis bacilli on stainless steel and cotton fabric surfaces during a single 12-hour exposure.(1?3)
We also know from experience that it eliminates biologic and non-biologic odors?including emesis, blood, smoke and ethanol?and produces no odors of its own.
They're commonly installed in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems of public buildings, especially in humid areas, and they're routinely used to purify structures after flooding. Fire departments use them to sanitize turnout gear.
How do these things work? Ours contains a fan that draws .dirty. air through a multiple-wavelength ultraviolet chamber, then exhausts it as clean air?along with hydroxyl ions?back into the environment. Hydroxyls occur naturally in sunlight. Although they're deadly to one-celled organisms, they're harmless to people and animals. Likewise, tests prove they break down airborne aldehydes, ozone, carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds.(4)
According to Chris, you can actually get these things in much smaller sizes, designed for permanent mounting in an ambulance, for about $500. That would spread the cost of one over the span of a lease, or the life of a vehicle. JEMS - Journal of Emergency Medical Services
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