What is mold?

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Lawrence T. Chiaramonte, MD
Allergy & Immunology
Molds are widespread in the environment and are common causes of severe allergies and asthma. Molds are a primitive type of plant. Their spores are similar in size to pollen grains. Some common molds are visible, such as the blue mold that grows on stale bread and cheese or the black mildew between your bathroom tiles. Molds grow inside homes wherever it is moist, such as in damp basements and around leaky plumbing. Like pollen grains, the mold spores themselves are microscopic so most molds cannot be seen. But you can smell them! Thus, a nonallergic person knows when he is entering a room with mildew because of the musty smell. The person with allergic rhinitis, however, will not only smell it, but will feel like the inside of his nose is being tickled.
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