Human Flora

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Normal Human Flora

It might surprise you to discover that the presence of certain bacteria in our bodies is beneficial to our health. Normal floral growth actually helps to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Because our bodies provide a virtually perfect environment for some harmful bacteria, those "germs" can sometimes overwhelm normal human flora, especially in the upper respiratory tract or on the skin.

Just about every anatomical site in the body is host to a mixture of organisms most of the time. Certain types of bacteria, however, like the environments in different areas of the body. Because of these preferences, normal flora may sometimes take a back seat to pathogenic bacteria that take up residence in areas exposed to the environment.

Normal Human Flora and Mold

Pathogenic molds can be a serious problem for persons with suppressed or compromised immune systems. This problem extends to those who are undergoing chemotherapy, those with HIV/AIDS, and even persons with autoimmune disorders. A home mold inspector should be called if mold is suspected in the environment around anyone with any of the conditions listed above. It is not advisable for home or business owners to attempt to eliminate an infestation of pathogenic mold.

In order to help minimize the effects of pathogenic molds on normal flora, it is important to address the issue of moisture in home and work environments. This means searching for roof or wall leaks, water leaks associated with appliances, and under water damaged carpeting. Condensation caused by running an air conditioner at too low a temperature, excessive moisture remaining in bathrooms after showers or baths, and laundry rooms should all be investigated.


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