Knowing About Pink Mold

DIFFERENT CAUSES AND TREATMENTS FOR PINK MOLD INFECTION

Posted by: Betty on: April 30, 2013

There are several different causes and treatments for pink mold infection. Pink mold is an air borne fungus that loves to live in cold and watery places. Other than linen and rotting food stuff Curtain showers are one of the best habitats for this fungus to thrive. If a person comes into contact within anything that is contaminated with this fungus, he can also get infected and shows symptoms of pink mold infection.

One of the basic causes of pink mold infection is wearing damp, watery clothes before they dry properly. These damp clothes provide the fungus with enough water, cold environment and all the nutrients they need to grow. The condition even gets worse when the person sweats and the growth of fungus further speeds up. Nutrients and water lost from skin through sweat and shed provides ideal environment to pink mold for their growth and the infection progresses.

Another important cause of pink mold infection is eating old, rotten refrigerated food. The fungus is air borne and very resistant to extreme climates like intense cold. The rotting vegetables, fruits, meat, jam, jellies and marmalades are rich in water content and high in essential nutrients. This food stuff proves to be a paradise for the growth of the fungus. If a person eats such spoiled food then the chances to catch pink mold infection increases several fold. So, to prevent pink mold infection, such food tuff should be discarded immediately.

Improperly sterilized surgical equipments play an important role in spreading pink mold infection. The sterilization of surgical tools kills all the bacteria, viruses and fungus. But, if the surgical tools remain unsterilized they can cause the spread of these organisms. Dirty wash basins are an excellent place for the pink mold to grow. Washing kitchen utensils in such wash basins can easily cause the transfer of pink mold to a human host. Improperly washed utensils also become a prime cause of pink mold infection in humans.

Using infected wash room items is another major cause of pink mold infection is humans. These items include soaps, shampoos, curtains and even floor of wash room. Most of the treatments for pink mold infection are preventive in nature. All these steps are directed towards controlling the spread of pink mold and include:

  • Use gloves, goggles and face masks to protect yourself from getting pink old infection
  • Avoid soap build up on floor and shower walls to prevent pink mold growth
  • Let all the clothes dry before use
  • Discard any food stuff that is suspected of having pink mold on it
  • Keep all the food stuff in dry places
  • Keep the environment dry
  • Sterilize all the surgical equipment before use
  • Keep the dish wash basins dry and clean
  • Keep the wash room items clean and dry
  • Observe good personal hygiene

 

There are several anti-fungal medicines that can be used for the treatment of pink mold infection.

  • itraconazole (Sporanox)
  • voriconazole (Vfend)
  • terbinafine (Lamisil)
  • Amphotericin B
  • fluconazole (Diflucan)
  • ketoconazole (Nizoral)
  • nystatin
  • caspofungin (Cancidas)
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PINK MOLD DANGERS, AROUND AND ABOUT IT

Posted by: Betty on: April 3, 2013

Pink mold dangers are unknown to most of the people. In fact, what are pink molds, its common growth places, pink mold dangers and pink mold treatments are not well-known to most of the people. The irony is that everyone has seen this kind of mold and yet fails to recognize that something is wrong. We tend to ignore pink molds as they mask themselves in the looks and hence go unnoticed. In coming lines, we will see in brief about what are pink molds, pink mold dangers and where pink mold is commonly seen?

Let’s start from the basics, what are pink molds and where are they found?

There are various kinds of molds that exist around us namely white molds, turquoise molds, gray-brown molds, black molds, and pink molds. While all the above molds are fungus, pink mold is a misnomer. Pink molds are not fungal growth; they are growths of bacteria, which colonize around the wet and damp areas. Bacteria named Serratia Marcescens cause pink mold.

The bacteria, Serratia Marcescens, thrive on moisture and wet areas. This is why they are mainly seen in areas like shower panels, toilet seats and basins. Other areas of common occurrence of pink molds are tile grouts, shower holes, and tiles near the drainage, tap holes and nozzles. Uncommon sites of occurrence include nozzles of soap dispensers, soap cases and drainage nets.

Bacteria of pink mold are transferred from humans to the above mentioned areas by urine and body fluids and live on moisture and fats around the areas. These pink mold bacteria can infect humans and cause various diseases.

Pink Mold Danger: Diseases caused by Serratia Marcescens

Pink mold danger is that it causes some serious human infections. These infections affect various human organs including kidney and urinary tract, eyes, heart, bones, lungs and brain.

Pink Mold Danger to the kidneys: It causes UTI from where it actually propagates to different sites of the bathroom and spreads. The infection can affect urethra, kidneys and bladder.

Pink mold danger to eyes: Serratia Marcescens is known to cause ocular infections such as conjunctivitis, keratitis, and rarely fulminating endophthalmitis. It also affects the tear ducts causing its inflammation and blockage.

Pink mold danger to other organs: Pink mold danger to other organs includes endocarditis in heart, osteomyelitis in bones, pneumonia in lungs, and meningitis in brain. These diseases are usually transferred via use of infected intravenous lines in hospitals. Infections can also be spread by use of catheters, cannulas and prosthetic valves.

Pink mold danger is not limited to the diseases it causes. Pink mold danger also lies in the possible treatments available for it. Treatment of pink mold infections is extensive and unpredictable. Commonly available antibiotics for humans have little effect on pink mold bacteria. These bacteria are resistant to most of the antibiotics because of their anti-biotic resistance genes. This is why, understanding and knowing pink mold is important and essential to treat. So, it is advisable to get rid of pink mold as early as possible.

PINK MOLD ON FOOD

Posted by: Betty on: March 17, 2013

Pink mold is very common on damp food stuff that is stored in a cold environment and is commonly found on food stuff like bread, cheese, fruits etc. An individual pink mold on food cannot be easily detected. Normally pink mold is present in the form of vast colonies and appears pink. Pink mold on food needs particular environment to thrive e.g. water is an essential component required for fungal growth. That’s why damp food stuff easily gets affected by pink mold. Pink mold is very resilient in nature so, can grow in a wide temperature variations, ranging from freezing temperature of 40 °F to hot temperatures of 100 °F. It also requires proper oxygen supply to fulfill the never ending energy demands of a growing colony of mold. Most important of these needs is organic materials for its growth. Pink mold on food is never seen on food stuff lacking organic contents.

Pink mold on food also produce several digestive enzymes. These digestive enzymes degrade the organic components of the food i.e. carbohydrates, proteins, fats and vitamins to their simpler metabolites. These simpler compounds are absorbed by the fungus and it is used to produce energy. Pink mold on food spreads in two basic ways. The first mechanism involves the development of tiny hair like structures called “hyphae”. These threads like structures spread over a large surface area and helps the fungus in gaining access to new sources of food. The second method that pink mold on food uses for its growth is the production of tiny “spores”. These spores are extremely resilient, air borne, tightly protected and rounded structures that ensures the spread of fungus to distant places. These spores travel from one site to another and remain “dormant” for a long period of time. When conditions become favorable i.e. they get enough organic material, water, suitable temperature and oxygen, they start growing rapidly and for a hyphae seen as pink mold on food.

The only effective way to control the production of pink mold on food is to keep the environment dry. If the food is stored in sealed containers which is free of moisture contamination or is stored in dry places then no water will be available for pink mold to grow and spread. Another important way is to store food at very low temperature as fungus need a particular temperature to grow. Pink mold can also thrive on insects like cockroaches and mites. So, contamination of food to these insects should be avoided.

Pink mold on food is particularly dangerous because it can disturb normal process of absorption in digestive tract and produces “myotoxins” and “alfatoxins”. Basic symptoms of pink mold allergy include running nose, headache, fatigue, coughing and sneezing. These symptoms are more common in people with immune deficiency. A common place where pink mold grow is in dishwashers because this area is moist and cold and provides an ideal climate for fungus growth. The pink mold grows on food because improper storing of food and exposure of food to insects.

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A Little About Pink Mold

Posted by: Betty on: March 8, 2013

Pink mold, a pink slimy ball seen on the curtain showers and other damp things is not exactly a fungus as perceived by the name and appearance. It is an air-borne micro-organism which likes wet, dry and damp places and thus inhabits these. Curtain shower is one of its favorite spots other than rotten food, damp linen and soap. It feeds on the food which has more starch content and can grow over it. These fungi like colonies and other properties are the reasons that pink mold was wrongly categorized for many decades. Previously when it was thought to be a fungus and was used as a biological marker due to its pink colonies. It has been established now that it is a gram negative bacillus called Serratia Marcescens. It can cause a number of hospital acquired infections.
Pink mold causes urinary and respiratory tract infections and can also infect the wounds. Endocarditis, gastro-intestinal tract infections and eye infections like conjunctivitis and keratitis are also associated with pink mold. It can also cause pneumonia and meningitis. These infections spread by catheters, cannulas and prosthetic valves. Joint prosthetics can result in development of osteomyelitis. The best way to prevent pink mold growth is by keeping things dry. Pink mold in dishwasher and wash basin cannot be prevented since it is difficult to keep the basin dry.  Therefore one should scrub the basin with a disinfectant regularly. Pink mold infection can give rise to a variety of symptoms and its diagnosis is confirmed by growing bacterial culture. Treatment is difficult since pink mold is resistant to many antibiotics. Along with culturing, sensitivity report should also be ordered so that appropriate management can be provided. Following points will help to keep the pink mold from spreading.

1. Do not let the clothes get damp and dry them in sunlight.

2. Keep the food in the refrigerator and if the slime appears on the food items they should be discarded and other food stuff should be isolated from the contaminated food.

3. Hospital staff should sterilize the instruments and skin of the patient before performing any procedure.

4. If slime appears in wash basin, it should be washed with disinfectant.

5. Eating utensils should be kept away from the infected wash basin.

6. Since it can also grow on soap, therefore soap should not be used which appears pink or is discolored with a growth over it.

Pink mold allergy is now an obsolete term. It was used previously when pink mold was thought to be a fungus rather than a bacterium. It was suspected that pink mold releases pollen like substances which result in irritation of the respiratory passages. But allergy is now replaced by infection since it is known to spread and colonize inside the human body. Pink mold treatment is extensive and unpredictable because of high resistance of the organism. So if you find pink mold in your house then it is advisable to get rid of it as early as possible.

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