Chaetomium sp

What Is Chaetomium sp?

Chaetomium is a genus of fungi belonging to the Chaetomiaceae family. Most of its species form into dematiaceous mold typically found in soil, air, cellulose, and plant debris.

History of Chaetomium SP

In 1817, Gustav Kunze, a German professor, established the genus Chaetomium (meaning the plume of the helmet) to classify the species C. globosum and C. elatum.

After that, no further contributions were made to the newly formed genus until 1837, when the publication of Corda described the characteristics of its asci.

Later on in 1915, Arthur Houston Chivers produced a complete monographic treatment of the genus, while recognizing only 28 of the described 114 species.

Research in the late 20th century revealed that members of this genus typically have superficial, ostiolar perithecia, covered in tiny yet lots of hair.

Furthermore, the same research also revealed that on top of being a contaminant, chaetomium sp are causative agents of infections in humans.

Many of its species cause type 1 allergic reactions and infections, and a few of them lead to clinical syndromes like peritonitis, onychomycosis, and brain abscess.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Chaetomium SP

Since species of the chaetomium genus can cause several health issues, the symptoms vary completely depending on the condition we are talking about.

However, in the vast majority of cases, chaetomium sp leads to type 1 allergic reactions — which can occur in many parts of the body, but typically in the:

  • Skin: In the form of hives
  • Body: In the form of anaphylaxis
  • Soft tissues: In the form of angioedema
  • Eyes: In the form of allergic conjunctivitis
  • Lungs and airways: In the form of asthma
  • Nose: In the form of allergic rhinitis (hay fever)

Although none of those symptoms are serious, health experts say that if not treated right away, type 1 allergic reactions can lead to permanent damage to the infected body part.

How You Can Treat Chaetomium SP

Since different species of chaetomium can cause different diseases, the treatment varies accordingly.

For instance, onychomycosis caused by C. globosum is treated with antifungal terbinafine and amorolfine treatment. Whereas, opportunistic infections caused by chaetomium sp are treated with amphotericin B deoxycholate.

All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by chaetomium sp, 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 facing a problem caused by chaetomium sp?

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

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

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Our Path-Guard® can kill chaetomium sp 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.