Aspergillus Niger

What Is Aspergillus Niger?

Aspergillus niger is a fungus belonging to the genus Aspergillus. It is a common contaminant of food that causes a disease called “black mold’ on certain fruits and vegetables.

History of Aspergillus Niger

The genus Aspergillus was named by Pier Antonio Micheli, an Italian priest, biologist, and botanist who was cataloging molds in the small city of Pisa in 1729.

Later on in 1863, another species of Aspergillus was first described as fumigatus by Georg W. Fresenius, a German physician researching in Frankfurt, who said:

“From my studies of isolates obtained from human lung infections… I had the chance to learn more about this fascinating species of Aspergillus…. The species we describe here is very different to A. glaucus and also from all other [Aspergillus] species which have been described so far.”

A few years later after the discovery of fumigatus, another important discovery was made when some researchers isolated niger as a new species of the genus aspergillus.

Over the next few years, research revealed that in the thousands of cases of Aspergillus infections in humans, the most frequent species were niger and fumigatus.

The same research went on to say the infection caused by niger is almost always otomycosis.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Aspergillus Niger

Aspergillus niger is one of the most common causes of otomycosis, which has the following symptoms:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Flaky skin
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Feeling of fullness in the ears
  • Discharge of fluid from the ears

Although none of those symptoms are serious, health experts say that if not treated right away, otomycosis can lead to permanent ear damage.

How You Can Treat Aspergillus Niger

Since aspergillus niger is developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicines that can treat it today will work tomorrow.

Currently, an infection caused by aspergillus niger is typically treated with a newer antifungal drug called voriconazole (Vfend). If that doesn’t work, your doctor may prescribe Amphotericin B.

Although those antifungal drugs work, they almost always lead to serious side effects, including nausea, diarrhea, kidney and liver damage.

However, the good news is that unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by aspergillus niger, you shouldn’t be worrying about the treatment.

You should be worrying about how to prevent the disease.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So why not take safety precautions right now, so you won’t have to face the risk of catching a disease caused by aspergillus niger?

If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill aspergillus niger is all you need to do.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly.

Our Path-Guard® system can kill aspergillus niger in under 5 minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your property is safe for everyone living or working there.

For more information, contact us to find out how we can help keep your property safe and clean.