What Is Rhizopus SP?

Rhizopus sp. is a cosmopolitan filamentous fungus that is typically found in the dirt, decaying fruits and vegetables, animal dung, and old bread. This is a commonly-occurring fungus that may occasionally infect humans. When it does, it can become fatal.

History of Rhizopus SP

First discovered in 1818 by German scientist Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg, Rhizopus has since become known as a bread mold. Its discovery so early on was due to it being incredibly abundant, especially on old bread. It was also found to being abundant in the soil and air given how many substrata act as colonizers for it.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Rhizopus SP

Rhizopus sp. is very common and will usually not infect humans. However, when it does, the following symptoms may be experiences:

  • Cough
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Wheezing
  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Nausea
  • Respiratory difficulties

Additional, infection by this fungus can prove to be fatal if not treated as soon as possible. Those with weaker immune systems are more susceptible to these symptoms.

How You Can Treat Rhizopus SP

To get proper treatment for Rhizopus sp., you can follow the similar guidelines for treating other types of inhaled fungal spores. This includes:

  • Avoiding this fungus whenever you can
  • Conduct a nasal rinse to remove the fungal spores out of your nose
  • Take antihistamines to stop a runny nose and sneezing
  • Take a decongestant nasal spray, or an oral decongestant, to reduce congestion
  • Take nasal corticosteroids to lower inflammation in the body

If you need more long-term treatment, immunotherapy is one option you can talk to your doctor about. This will involve receiving multiple allergy shots over a few years. It is a very effective method that is helpful for some mold allergies.

Prevention

Preventing a Rhizopus sp. fungal infection in the first place requires you to avoid indoor spaces that are perpetually damp and humid. If you cannot do so, due to the space being your home or office, you should check the humidity levels of the space and make sure it is no higher than 50% at any point in the day.

If the humidity levels go too high, place a dehumidifier in the rooms affected by high humidity.

Additionally, you can take the following steps:

  • Look for signs of water damage and mold.
  • Get rid of mold and mildew as soon as it is visible.
  • Utilize exhaust fans in places like the bathroom and kitchen or open windows for ventilation.
  • Install a HEPA air purifier that removes fungal spores from the air.
  • Apply mold inhibitors to walls and ceilings.
  • Avoid the use of carpets in areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and basements.
  • Get rid of old books and newspapers or place them in a low-humidity environment.
  • Get rid of flood-damaged carpets.
  • Close windows at night to prevent airborne spores from entering during the more damp evening.
  • Wear a dust mask when gardening.
  • Avoid going outdoors right after a rainstorm or damp weather due to high mold counts.
  • Avoid keeping old bread in damp and humid environments.

Cure

Since fungal infections can spread throughout the body and compromise the immune system, a cure may involve taking antifungal drugs to ensure breathing and circulation are improved. Treating the underlying symptoms helps effectively curing yourself of a fungal infection brought on by Rhozipus sp. This fungus is more infectious than others, making speed in treatment essential to be cured.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

You will want to ensure that you are not placing yourself at risk of succumbing to this fungal infection. It is important to be aware of all potential ways Rhizopus sp. can spread in your home or office.

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly. Our Path-Guard system and Path-Away Anti-Pathogenic Aerosol Solution can kill Rhizopus sp, as well as other bacteria and viruses, in under five minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your place is a healthier space. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.