Definitions for "Alternaria"
Commonly found in outdoor air. One of the most important of the fungal allergen sources. Type I (hay fever & asthma) and Type III (hypersensitivity pneumonitis) allergens. Occasionally causes phaeohyphomycosis most commonly in subcutaneous tissue. Majority of infections reported from persons with underlying disease or in those taking immunosuppressive drugs.
A common saprobe found on decaying wood, decaying plants, food, spoil and outdoor air. Some species are plant pathogens. Indoors, it can be found in house dust, carpets, damp areas around showers and windows frames and anywhere condensation occurs. Because of its abundance and ubiquity, Alternaria is one of the most important fungal allergens and is recognized as the chief fungal cause of hay fever. Infection is extremely rare.
common indoor mold, not thought to be a toxin- former, but can cause allergy symptoms