Can Mold Grow in the Human Body Like in The Last of Us?

by Brandon J. Faust

Mold growing in the human body turning us into Zombies! Kinda terrifying, right?  

The Last of Us is a popular television show that depicts a post-apocalyptic world where a fungal infection has turned humans into mutated creatures.  

Mold taking over the human body creating a mold zombie.
Mold Zombie from the Last of US. Can mold grow in the human body?

The show features several types of fungi, including the Cordyceps fungus.  Cordyceps is known for its ability to infect insects and take over their bodies. While this may seem like a fantastical scenario, it raises an important question: Can mold grow in the human body like in “The Last of Us” on HBO?

The short answer is yes, mold can grow in the human body. However, the reality is much different from what is depicted in “The Last of Us”. First, it’s important to understand what mold is and how it grows.

Mold is a type of fungus that thrives in damp, warm environments.  This is why mold removal in Tampa Bay is such a hot topic.  

If you think about it, mold remediation in Pinellas County is so common because we are peninsula on a peninsula!  We are surrounded by water on all sides.  In the rainy season we are also getting it from the top and the bottom.  Humidity and moisture is all around us! 

Can Mold Grow in the Human Body?

Mold grows by releasing spores, which can float through the air and settle on surfaces. When conditions are right, these spores can begin to grow and form colonies. 

Mold can grow on many different surfaces, including walls, floors, and ceilings.  We have seen mold on every single thing in a home when it is left vacant for extended periods of time. 

In humans, mold can grow in certain areas of the body, such as the sinuses, lungs, and skin. This can happen when mold spores are inhaled or come into contact with the skin. 

While mold can grow in the body, it doesn’t take over the body like in “The Last of Us”. Instead, it can cause a variety of health problems, depending on the type of mold and the individual’s sensitivity to it.

Molds That Grow in the Body

One type of mold that can grow in the body is Aspergillus. This is a common mold that is found in soil, decaying plants, and other organic matter. It can cause respiratory problems, such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. In some cases, it can lead to a serious condition called invasive aspergillosis, which can be life-threatening.  

Most of us have heard of black mold causing life-threatening health problems. But this white mold, Aspergillus has caused even more physical issues .  It is far more common because it can grow with high humidity levels whereas black mold relies on water intrusion and leaks. 

Another type of mold that can grow in the body is Candida. This is a type of yeast that is naturally found in the body, but can overgrow and cause infections in certain situations. This can happen when the immune system is weakened, such as in people with HIV/AIDS, cancer, or diabetes. Candida can cause a variety of symptoms, including itching, burning, and discharge.

Who Does Mold Affect?

While mold can grow in the body, it’s not something that affects everyone.  In most cases, mold exposure will cause symptoms, such as sneezing, coughing, and skin irritation. Not every person is impacted the same way.  We all have different immune systems so it impacts us all differently.  

For people with weakened immune systems or pre-existing health conditions, mold exposure can be more serious and in some cases it can be fatal.  

How Can You Prevent Mold Growth?

Preventing mold growth is key to avoiding health problems. This can be done by keeping the home clean and most importantly dry. 

Fixing leaks and other sources of moisture, and using a dehumidifier if necessary. It’s also important to wear protective gear when cleaning up mold, as inhaling mold spores can be harmful.

Mold Solutions, Your Mold Removal Team

While mold can grow in the human body, it’s not the same as what is depicted in The Last of Us.  At least as of yet.  It is interesting to think that if the next Zombie Apocalypse does happen, the team here at Mold Solutions could be the heroes that save the day.   

Although we do not bomb cities like they do in the show, we do “bomb” houses with a non-toxic super anti-fungal product that pushes into all the nooks and crannies of a home.   

So if you are concerned about your home becoming a “zombie home” that is destroying your health, have no fear, your mold removing, mold fighting, super team is here. 

In summary, mold growth in the body can cause a variety of health problems, but it doesn’t take over the body like in the show. Preventing mold growth in the home and wearing protective gear (or hiring mold professionals) when cleaning up mold can help reduce the risk of exposure. 

If you suspect that you have mold in your home or are experiencing symptoms of mold exposure, it’s important to seek medical attention and find professionals that know how to prevent it from spreading throughout the rest of your house. 

Mold Solutions is here for all of your mold fighting needs.

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