Ulocladium Sp is a fungus that is usually found in soil, feces, paint, grasses, fibers, wood, decaying plant material, paper, and textiles. It is also found to grow on water-damaged building materials like drywall. The colonies of Ulocladium sp are usually grey, black, or brown. Its texture will be similar to suede, cotton, or wool. It’s a fast-growing fungus that is spread by airborne spores.
This fungus is often found in high-moisture indoor environments, along with other molds. It indicates there has been water damage of some kind.
The major symptoms you would experience if you were infected with Ulocladium sp include those similar to having allergies like hay fever and asthma. In rare circumstances, tissue infection is experienced. These can manifest as infections on the surface of the skin, as well as deep skin infections within immune-suppressed patients. Also, it can lead to experiencing respiratory and asthmatic symptoms in more susceptible individuals.
Indoors, it’s easy to inhale air containing Ulocladium sp spores, which then goes into the respiratory system. Some additional symptoms that may be experienced include the following:
- Runny nose
- Sinus congestion
- Itchy eyes
- Watery eyes
In extreme cases, death may even occur.
Treatment of Ulocladium sp can be done by using topical drugs, such as ketoconazole, itraconazole, and posaconazole. These topical drugs have to be used for several weeks until the infection clears up.
To prevent getting infected with this fungal infection, it’s essential to be wary of touching potentially infected soil, feces, paint, grasses, fibers, wood, decaying plant material, paper, building materials, and textiles. Additionally, you should avoid being within indoor environments that have sustained long-term water damage. Anything that has been exposed to prolonged high humidity, heat, and water, especially indoors, is a suspect target of this fungal infection.
Fungal infections sometimes clear up on their own, although the application of antifungal topicals can clear up infections within several weeks. In order to ensure that you are completely cured of the infection, you should continue to apply topical antifungals until there are no more symptoms.
Ulocladium sp is a fungal infection that shows up in humans who are exposed to persistently moist and damp indoor environments. Avoiding breathing in air that may contain fungal spores, and avoiding touching materials with the fungus, in order to reduce the risk of an infection that can cause harm to your health. 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 fungi can spread in your home or office.
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