What Is Scopulariopsis SP?

Scopulariopsis sp. is a filamentous fungus that lives in soil, plant material, feathers, and insects. It can also be found on drywall, cellulose board, wallpaper, and mattress dust. It can be found worldwide. It is commonly considered to be a contaminant, which means it can lead to infections in humans, especially in people who have weakened immune systems.

History of Schizophyllum SP

Italian botanist and mycologist Pier Andrea Saccardo discovered this fungus in 1907. It was found to inhabit the locations of hospital floors and swimming pools. Also, it was identified in shoes and wood pulp.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Schizophyllum SP

Schizophyllum can lead to infections in humans sometimes. It commonly infects toenails. Some of the the symptoms when there is an infection are the following:

  • Skin lesions
  • Mycetoma
  • Invasive sinusitis
  • Keratitis
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Pulmonary infections
  • Endocarditis
  • Brain abscess

People who have weakened immune systems are more prone to becoming infected, such as bone marrow transplant recipients.

How You Can Treat Scopulariopsis SP

To get proper treatment for Scopulariopsis 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 Scopulariopsis sp. infection can be prevented by taking 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.

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 Scopulariopsis 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 Scopulariopsis 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 Scopulariopsis 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.