What Is Trichoderma SP?
Trichoderma is a genus of fungi in the family Hypocreaceae. It is present in all soil and some of its species are identified as plant symbionts.
History of Trichoderma SP
In 1794, the genus Trichoderma was first described by Christiaan Hendrik Persoon.
The taxonomy of the genus remained difficult to resolve for a long time as some scientists considered it to comprise only one species; Trichoderma viride.
However, that view changed in 1969, when a mycologist named Rifai recognised nine species to prove that the genus Trichoderma is, in fact, not monotypic.
Currently, there are 89 accepted species in the genus as Hypocrea have proven to be its teleomorphs, meaning that Hypocrea are anamorphs of Trichoderma.
Although some species of Trichoderma are desirable, most of them are pathogens of humans and animals.
Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Trichoderma SP
Since different species of the genus Trichoderma can lead to different health issues, the symptoms vary depending on the condition we’re talking about.
However, in the vast majority of cases, Trichoderma sp causes fungal infections, which can affect several parts of the body, and their symptoms vary accordingly.
For instance, if it affects the foot, you will get athlete’s foot, which has following symptoms:
- Peeling or cracking skin
- Redness or blisters on the affected area
- Itching, stinging, or burning sensations in the infected area
Whereas, if it affects the vagina, you will get a yeast infection, which has the following symptoms:
- Itching or swelling around the vagina
- Redness or soreness on and surrounding the vagina
- Burning sensations or pain during urination or intercourse
Although none of those symptoms are serious, health experts say that fungal infections can lead to permanent damage to the infected area if they’re not treated right away.
How You Can Treat Trichoderma SP
Since Trichoderma 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 terbinafine, fluconazole, or amphotericin B to treat an infection caused by Trichoderma sp.
All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by a species of the genus Trichoderma, 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 Trichoderma sp?
If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill Trichoderma sp is all you need to do.
How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help
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Our Path-Guard® System can kill Trichoderma 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.