Mold refers to all multi-cellular fungi species. Mold tends to grow on warm or damp surfaces. There are a variety of known mold forms, some which are allergenic. People who are allergic to one type of mold may not be to another.
People who suffer from mold allergy symptoms experience irritation in their nose, throat, eyes and lungs upon contact. Some molds excrete toxic gas, which can be lethal (when at high levels) for both animals and humans.
Carpet is not recommended for homeowners who have mold allergies, as it can be a breeding ground for mold. Standing water or high humidity can moisten carpet and the padding underneath, making it an ideal habitat for mold spores to cultivate.
If you have sensitivity to mold, choose antimicrobial flooring. Antimicrobial floors such as cork, linoleum, bamboo and concrete naturally deter mold, fungi and bacteria growth. Note: Concrete floors are porous if not properly sealed, which can lead to moisture damage. If you choose concrete flooring to combat your mold allergies, make sure they are sealed correctly.