Culture is not usually useful to evaluate household exposures to molds. Although in vitrodiagnostic IgE allergen sensitization testing to molds is available through Quest Diagnostics, such testing is also unnecessary in most cases. Removal of mold from the residence should be curative.
Stachybotrysis a common cause of household mold following water damage. Stachybotrys can also produce mycotoxins that can be internalized by ingestion, inhalation, or absorption through the skin, but clinical testing is not readily available.4