What Is Stemphylium SP?
Stemphylium is a genus of dematiaceous filamentous fungus that are typically found on decaying vegetation and in the soil. Most of its species are considered contaminants.
History of Stemphylium SP
In 1833, a German botanist named Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Wallroth discovered the genus stemphylium in the city of Nordhausen, where he was performing botanical research.
A few decades after his discovery, scientists all over Europe started studying the newly discovered yet mysterious genus of widespread fungi.
Their studies revealed that all species of the genus stemphylium are plant pathogens, as they can cause plant diseases like stemphylium blight — which has the following symptoms:
- Leaf necrosis
- Sunken red or purple lesions
- Hite spots on leaves and stems
Besides affecting plants, some species of stemphylium can act as pathogens to humans as well. For instance, they can lead to infections like fungal keratitis.
Furthermore, their studies also revealed that stemphylium has over ten species that are found typically on alfalfa, hemp, mango, kalanchoes, and tomatoes.
Lastly, stemphylium sp belongs to the phylum Ascomycota, class Dothideomycetes, subclass Pleosporomycetidae, order Pleosporales, and family Pleosporaceae.
Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Stemphylium SP
Since different species of the genus stemphylium can lead to different health issues, the symptoms vary depending on the condition we’re talking about.
However, in the vast majority of cases, stemphylium sp causes fungal keratitis — which is an infection of the eye with the following symptoms:
- Eye pain
- Eye redness
- Eye discharge
- Blurred vision
- Excessive tearing
- Sensitivity to light
Although none of those symptoms are serious, health experts say that fungal keratitis can lead to permanent eye damage if it isn’t treated right away.
How You Can Treat Stemphylium SP
Since stemphylium sp is developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicine that can treat it today will work tomorrow.
Currently, doctors typically prescribe antifungal drugs like amphotericin B, ketoconazole, and itraconazole to treat an infection caused by stemphylium sp.
All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by a species of the genus stemphylium, 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 stemphylium sp?
If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill stemphylium sp 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 stemphylium 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.