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Bathroom? Mushroom! (04 Sep 2003 at 10:38)
Bathroom? Mushroom!
Here's a weird thing. My bathroom is not really a paragon of lickable-cleanliness (whose is?) but it's no Grand Central Station, either. Nonetheless, sometimes a mushroom grows in one specific spot in the grout by the bathtub. It pops up quick, like two days!

I guess I'm the kind of guy who thinks that's pretty cool, even though I pull it out and then pour bleach all over the spot. Here's a nice image of it.
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Adam (dsl093-061-064.pit1.dsl.speakeasy.net) – 09.04.03 12:14:16
You could try sealing the spot.
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mike (m-notebook.me.cmu.edu) – 09.04.03 12:37:46
but then the shrooms wouldn't come back!
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 09.04.03 12:51:09
They actually pushed through from under the grout... I'm not sure I want them pushing through in any other directions.

Anyway, what kind of super mushrooms can grow in Bleach?
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Anonymous (cobamide.bio.pitt.edu) – 09.04.03 13:06:19
Collect the spores and study them.
This could be a scientific break through!
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Adam (dsl093-061-064.pit1.dsl.speakeasy.net) – 09.05.03 00:53:30
This disturbing page may lend some idea...

http://www.moldinspection.com/mold_killer_fungicide.htm
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Tom 7 (h-66-167-9-120.phlapafg.covad.net) – 09.05.03 09:50:05
Man, I need a whole space-suit in order to kill them??
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OD (195-pool1.ras10.misou.alerondial.net) – 09.20.03 01:09:32
I had a mushroom grow from the grout in my bathroom too. Couldn't believe it at first. I had recently had a bad leak in my bathroom. I fear that the mushroom may indicate a more serious problem behind the tiles.
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Anonymous (pcp09615617pcs.lambrv01.nj.comcast.net) – 10.11.04 17:30:23
I just had the same thing happen. A mushroom that looks exactly like the one in the picture above grew almost before my very eyes in the corner, just in front of my shower door. I'm grossed out, AND worried for my health and about expensive repairs. I am not one for do-it-yourself stuff this serious. What should I do??
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Tom 7 (h-67-101-138-144.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 10.11.04 22:43:58
I don't think it's a health concern.
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Catt (sl-cpl-1-0.sprintlink.net) – 10.20.04 08:46:18
So has anyone dealt with the mushroom/possible water damage yet? I have just found a mushroom in my bathroom as well.
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Nd... (adsl-19-55-36.asm.bellsouth.net) – 04.23.05 17:36:44
We have one too. We used bleach and other household cleaners but it still comes back. We think it's gross too especially since we have a toddler. How can we find out if there are any health issues concerned with this fungus? This may sound a little off, but it is nice to know that we aren't the only ones dealing with a mushroom in our bathroom.
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Shaun (68.156.43.33) – 05.15.05 16:39:22
I found a small mushroom sticking out from the grout in my shower. Gross! I live in Florida and everyone talks about mold and how it can just take over. I am thinking about getting a profesional in here to rip up some tiles and destroy what I suspect to be a mold problem in the underlying surfaces. Here is a post I read from another site...

..it probably means that the plaster behind the tiles is seriously damp. Fungi will only produce the mushrooms (basidiocarps in posh) when there has been enough growth of the main part (or mycelium) to make the organism think that producing spores (what the "mushroom is for) is worthwhile. These basidiocarps can be produced very rapidly (like overnight). What probably really wants doing is stripping off all the tiles and drying out the walls, then retiling and grouting with that anti-fungal grouty stuff that Unibond advertise on the telly. Failing that you could leave a fan heater in the room on full blast (with the extractor fan on too) to push some dry air through. You might have to do this for more than 24 hours. Then you could regrout with the antifungal stuff.


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Tennessee (12.151.206.18) – 05.26.05 17:45:33
I found what i think is a mushroom growing in my bedroom which is right beside the bathroom where we had a shower leak. But it was unlike any mushroom I've ever seen. It was a light color and reminded me of pig skin wadded up. I would like to know what kind it is and if its poisonous.
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Anonymous (hidden16.reimanpublications.com) – 07.07.05 15:06:52
I cannot believe others have this. I felt like we had reached the depths of slovelyness or something. My husband had told me we had mushrooms in the shower and that he saved one for me to see. It was a perfect specimen, a few inches tall. I scraped it up with a piece of cardboard and threw it away. Sounds like we can expect more to come back. I'll certainly take a picture next time, but I was in a hurry to get to work and the cleaning lady was coming this morning and I didn't want her to see it. I couldn't help telling her, though. She was appalled and said we better start spraying Tilex on after each shower. But sometimes the cat likes to get in the stall and drink water. I do think our tile needs redone.
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Anonymous (px1nr.wp.shawcable.net) – 07.10.05 19:03:36
MUSHROOM NIGHTMARES

We bought our house 3 1/2 years ago--had a pre-purchase inspection done and everything, looked fine.

Then, 1 year age we noticed overnight that mushrooms were growing beside the basement shower stall.

Bottom line: We've done the bleach route numerous times and it now looks like the half the floor has growth under it (judging by the discoloration of the tile in the bathroom).

We haven't done anything yet--money, but are now thinking we better pull off the tile and maybe other stuff as well before the problem spreads beyond control.

Does anyone know:1) what could be causing this?, & 2) If one has to wear a protective face/breathing apparatus when cleaning out this problem? -- I've heard talk about black mold, air-born spores affecting breathing, etc.

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Anonymous (pool-71-116-181-158.lsanca.dsl-w.verizon.net) – 08.04.05 21:26:45
Sick! I just found the same mushrooms growing in my basement bathroom of our new, and yes, inspected, home (20 yrs old, but only 7 months new to us) We had some water leaking, but I never saw anything like this before!!!!!!! Glad to know I'm not alone.
I did some research. BRW, Bleach definitely does not work, but I read Hydrogen Peroxide does a bit better. I also found this page:
http://alsnetbiz.com/homeimprovement/homemade.html
This seems like the best option.
Sick!
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Anonymous (24.66.94.140) – 08.06.05 00:45:10
MUSHROOM NIGHTMARES: Well, we started today--tearing up the basement bathroom that is. So far, since we shut off the water supplies into the bathroom and bleached as much as possible we haven't had any further mushroom growth.

It looks like the growth problem seems to be limited to the bathroom floor area. I sure hope so.

Wish us luck!
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Anonymous (pool-141-157-198-57.ny325.east.verizon.net) – 08.07.05 21:46:56
the mushrooms are a health concern, i found this comment on another site:

"I can't believe you are laughing about mushrooms in your bathroom! Please know that they are dangerous to your health! Your landlord should have it remediated/cleaned. They can cause serious health effects, including asthma, spitting up blood from bleeding lungs, and even death. My husband nearly died of this! He lost a third of his lungs at only 32 years old. I also know two people that died the same year he fell ill. Please look this up on the internet and get some help. Mushrooms are a fungus. Although my husband didn't have AIDS, 80 to 90 percent of AIDS patients die of fungal pneumonia! This is a life and death situation! Please heed my warning."

i am too disgusted to go into my bathroom because it is so nasty to have big, ugly mushrooms on the ceiling!!
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Tom 7 (h-72-244-70-115.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 08.07.05 21:52:26
Mushrooms live in lots of places, not just the bathroom.
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Anonymous (pool-71-110-70-251.lsanca.dsl-w.verizon.net) – 08.19.05 17:34:28
this is so bizarre, we have mushrooms growing in our bathroom. We just moved in 3 months ago and the house was inspected and the property is only a year and a half old. There is no evidence of any leaks, but i have two small children and am concerned not only for possible health hazards, but also the cost of remediation. And who do you call, a plumber or mold remediation company? I was just going to do some bleach action today, but wonder if that is useless? Whats really wierd is that mine appear to "blow up" with black dust showing up on the floor (by the way they grow white colored like any other mushroom and they grow and "die" in a matter of hours).
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Anonymous (66-211-194-93.velocity.net) – 08.25.05 09:09:19
Yet, another mushroom discovery! My daughter announced that a mushroom was growing by the bathtub! I yelled up to her 'that's ridiculous!' Well, outdone once again by my children! I found a perfect looking mushroom, growing from a stem, unlike the ones in the above photos.

I had NEVER heard of anything like that. I told my best friend about it and she's shocked! I clean my bathroom ALL of the time! But my husband and daughter splash water waaaay too much!

Pretty scary about the health hazards!!

I hope to see more info about this!

Thanks!

Elle in Pa.
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Tom 7 (163.1.19.53) – 08.25.05 09:20:22
Well, I'm of the opinion that macroscopic mushrooms are no more of a health hazard than any of the microscopic bacteria and funguses that live in your bathroom and everywhere else in your house. We live with these environmental pests (and sometimes, friends) every day, visible or not.

Still, it seems best to pluck them out... ;)
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Anonymous (cache-mtc-ac07.proxy.aol.com) – 08.25.05 23:56:46
I had a mushroom growing out of the side of my bathroom too. It is white with some yellow spots in the middle and is about 2 inches tall. It has a sunken in look at the top. I could smell the mushroom smell when I picked it out. I hope I do not get sick. I have only been living in this apartment for 2 months. It has those small 1 inch square tiles, maybe that's the problem.
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Anonymous (d66-222-150-229.abhsia.telus.net) – 09.14.05 03:21:41
I've had mushrooms in my bathroom occuring along the floor (lino)where it meets the shower, at first i was quite amused myself, normally i am fasinated with mushrooms, they popped up in both corners, about three, i think the plumbing is leaking into the floor under the lino, each time removing it and pouring bleach on the spot. Heres where it gets creepy, the other day i was cleaning up my room, reaching deep in the closet to get some laundry a found one 2 inches tall, again growing where the wall meets the carpet. In a matter of a week three more have appeared and they go from nothing one day to a half a inch the next growing right out of the carpet. pulled out some furnature and found they've been thriving befind it and ate up the carpet, and i even found what was hopefully just a piece of one but i fear it may have been growing on my house coat, and while i was cleaning up a piece touched my hand and it was slimy. my advice do something before they take over
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Anonymous (cpe-065-184-106-098.sc.res.rr.com) – 09.30.05 11:31:59
Try TKO for this problem---it is an orange based cleaner that is super concentrated. I found it on Doug Kaufmanns show (knowthecause.com). I have been ordering it for years and it sure is great.
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Anonymous (cpe-065-184-106-098.sc.res.rr.com) – 09.30.05 11:32:37
Try TKO for this problem---it is an orange based cleaner that is super concentrated. I found it on Doug Kaufmanns show (knowthecause.com). I have been ordering it for years and it sure is great.
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Anonymous (d206-116-77-162.bchsia.telus.net) – 10.05.05 21:31:52
we have mushrooms in ares two it but this ones are brown and there is a hole lot of them we tried bleach and a hole lot of trylex and that does not wrok we dont no what to do so i am going to kill them myslef i dont no how to do it tho can some one help me at all out there thanks
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Tom 7 (h-72-244-70-244.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 10.06.05 10:15:14
Yes, kill them!
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JME (pool-151-204-77-26.delv.east.verizon.net) – 10.14.05 10:53:53
Wow, this problem is wayyyyy more common than I thought!! I woke up this morning, turned on the shower and as i went to hop in noticed that there were mushrooms growing outta the tile!! The bathroom floor was replaced about this time last year, but there was a gap in the floor by the tub and the tile on the tub is broken, and right through that crack our 3-4 little mushrooms that were NOT there yesterday!! I don't know what to do! Its freaking me out BIG TIME!
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 10.14.05 15:44:48
Just yank 'em out.
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ARDETH (cache-mtc-ac07.proxy.aol.com) – 10.16.05 13:40:32
SALT

The little buggers don't like salt!

Never thought about using bleach.
Just take your container of Morton's or whatever and pour it where the pushy little bastards are stretching their way out & up and into the glorius shade where they emit their GLORIUS LITTLE PROGENY spores.

On a new room that we had built on to an existing house about a year ago, (the "plague" began this summer--rainy season)
we've had mushrooms growing outdoors from under the threshold AND INSIDE...same place, through the sealant at the base of the doorway.
After a great deal of chin-rubbing it is my decided theory that our construction engineer/fireman/friend didn't get enough of a downward slope on the concrete stoop. He mumbled as he advised us–as we were writing out his final check–to get some guttering put up there.
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Anonymous (66-214-248-108.dhcp.gldl.ca.charter.com) – 10.30.05 20:28:32
I have to again reiterate what everyone else has said. Thank God I'm not alone! A few months ago we had a little bright yellow mushroom growing out of the ledge under the window in the shower. Our apt. is very old and the bathroom does not have good ventilation so we were not surprised, but this morning I noticed a HUGE one growing out of the crack where the ledge meets the window. It is disgusting and I can't tell you how much this freaked me out, especially since we live in Southern California where things are relatively dry. We used a pile of salt on these nasty little guys and it works. I would suggest pouring salt where ever there is a problem to help them from coming up again. EEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWW!!!!
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ladysparkle 11-02-05 11:55 pm.... (son-216-86-181-210.dsl.mlode.com) – 11.03.05 02:54:01
I JUST FOUND ONE IN MY BATHROOM,AND I HAD A LEAK IN THE BACK OF THE TOILET. IT IS GROWING OUT FROM UNDER THE BASE BOARD,RUBBER STUFF, IT IS PALE YELLOW, AND I AM WONDERING IF THERE IS MOLD BEHIND THE WALL OR UNDER THE FLOOR. SHOULD THE MANAGER,REPAIR IT ?? THIS IS SO RUDE !!! IT WOULD SEEM THAT THERE WOULD BE CREEPY STUFF UNDER THE FLOOR.......I HAVE DEVELOPED RESPITORY PROBLEM OVER THE LAST YR, SO I AM THINKING THAT THE SPORES ARE DANGEROUS TO OUR HEALTH. VERY FATIGUED TOO........TOO MUCH SO. CAN ANYONE TELL OF ANYTHING THE DOCS CAN DO FOR THIS PROBLEM INSIDE OUR BODIES...........THIS IS NOT FUNNY. IT APPEARED OVER NIGHT.............TASSY
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Tom 7 (h-72-244-70-109.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 11.03.05 09:56:35
If you have respiratory problems and fungus, I'd say to see a doctor!

Obviously you should also tell the landlord...
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Anonymous (cache-ntc-ac02.proxy.aol.com) – 11.12.05 01:35:55
I just discovered three white mushrooms growing in a crack where the wood baseboard meets with the hardwood floors in my sunken living room. I knew that the living room is below the street level and we have a moisture problem. I didn't think that with all the waterproofing we did, layer of plastic-layer of wonderboard and another layer of plastic, then the hardwood floor, that any moistness can get through. I'm calling in an environmentalist to check the house, since I have three children under the age of four. I'm going to clean the suckers out and use bleach and salt after we pull the floor up. Uggghhhh!!! Glad to know it isn't an anomaly.
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Anonymous (host-25-142-230-24.midco.net) – 11.15.05 06:35:09
will they get you high?
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Tom 7 (h-67-100-132-107.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 11.15.05 10:44:23
It's probably not a good idea to try.
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Anonymous (81-179-248-144.dsl.pipex.com) – 12.03.05 07:10:33
3 little mushrooms popped up in my shower last night, and they looked like pasta - the shell like ones in fact, really freaked me out. Have cleaned again but it looks like a damp problem, which has been going on forever, I suppose I shall try dry the room out. Has anyone else seen mushrooms like this?
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Anonymous (aca1fd3d.ipt.aol.com) – 12.26.05 14:47:13
I FOUND MUSHROOMS GROWING BEHIND MY TOILET JUST LIKE IN THE PICTURE
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Tom 7 (pcp01935919pcs.hamden01.ct.comcast.net) – 12.26.05 15:43:13
That's not my toilet!
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Anonymous (207-38-231-23.c3-0.43d-ubr14.qens-43d.ny.cable.rcn.com) – 01.08.06 10:07:59
If you have mushrooms growing out of your bathroom tiles you likely have a pretty big problem. The mushroom in this picture is some type of oyster mushroom and these mushrooms colonize woody substances that contain lignen. What this likely means is that you have a wood 2x4 or wood support behind the tiles that has been fully colonized by the mushroom fungus, and the fungus fruit, or mushroom, is growing and attracted to the moisture in your bathroom. The fungus will eat away at the wood and make it structurally weak unless you dry it out. You have one of two options. You can perform a good caulking job to deny the fungus of moisture, thus killing it off eventually, or you can tear down the walls and replace the infested wood. If you do neither eventually the wood will become brittle worse than if termites had eaten it.

The good news is oyster mushrooms are edible, and tasty!
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boom boom (d47-69-115-244.try.wideopenwest.com) – 01.08.06 13:13:00
Blieve me i know how u people feel, i just painted my bathreoom walls and there goes a mushroom on my wall breaking the paint off. its kinda sick in a way. i thought my bathroom was nasty until i came on the comp and looked it up and all of u people have the same thing. ive tried every thing i can possibly think of and nothings worked.
if any body has any suggestions please e-mail me at ninaxrox13@yahoomail.com



thankyou
Boom Boom
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Caroline (hse-mtl-ppp2305.qc.sympatico.ca) – 01.29.06 23:39:01
Hi I just found a huge mushroom at the corner of our fireplace, which we do not use. We live in a basement. There's black mold spots in our bathroom, but no actual mushmooms yet. I heard that when cleaning mold, it emits dangerous spores that can cause lung infections. So I'm not sure what to do...I have a feeling my landlord won't do much since she is generally clueless. Our hot water tank is leaking also, which can't help matters.
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Anonymous (c-24-61-179-158.hsd1.nh.comcast.net) – 02.05.06 08:34:25
According to the law, a landlord is required to do something about it. Even if your landlord is generally clueless, she can hire someone to take care of the problem. If your landlord doesn't take care of it, report them to your local health department. It's not worth getting repiratory ailments (allergies, bronchitis, asthma) from it.
We rent and we had black mold growing on our downstairs bathroom ceiling because the toilet upstairs was leaking. The landlord removed the ceiling and much to our surprise, we had a big cluster of brown mushrooms growing in the same spot where the black mold showed up on the ceiling.
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Anonymous (adsl-6-49-121.tys.bellsouth.net) – 02.09.06 11:20:41
The picture looks like Pleurotus ostreatus and is a good edible, but it growing on treated wood or chemicals used to clen with would make it unwise to eat.
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 02.09.06 12:01:03
Right, I don't eat anything that has been on my bathroom floor.

I don't know how this page got to be the one stop shop for household fungus, but I am happy to report now that I haven't seen a mushroom in my apartment for a year and a half.
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this is like so anonymous (chiggins.ce.cmu.edu) – 02.09.06 12:27:40
if you do a google search for bathroom mushroom, yours is the second side. Congratulations, dude!
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Watching Animal House with my cat (ac80cd51.ipt.aol.com) – 02.11.06 00:43:53
i had at least 3 mushroom-like things growing in my basement bedroom they were growing where the rug meets the wall, behind my open bag of clean cat litter and the wall appeared moist after i disposed of them and i keep my room generally pretty clean i mean, there is this one spot in the rug where water somehow seeps into the room a certain time of the year, but it's not really THAT close to where i'm talking about, altho it IS along the same wall.

never happened before, they looked like well, i thought someone had dropped dumplings on my floor or something.
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Hopesfury47 (66-215-237-61.dhcp.rvsd.ca.charter.com) – 02.18.06 02:01:27
I am so freaked out! It's my first time ever hearing of these things and I found one in my bathroom tonight, near the bathtub lining! I'm generally a pretty clean person, and scrub my bathroom regularly. At first I thought it was a seashell that had dropped on the bathroom floor, from my container by the tub...but wow! was I surprised to find an icky, mushroom instead! I screamed so loud I must have woken my neighbors. I've only been living in my apartment for five months now, but this is the first time I've seen anything like this. Pretty gross.
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Melanie (cache-rtc-ab06.proxy.aol.com) – 02.18.06 16:34:56
I bet none of us will be able to eat mushrooms again after reading these posts! Actually, the mushroom is not a food, it is a fungus! Yuk!
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Tom 7 (h-72-244-69-85.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 02.18.06 17:10:31
Fungus can be food!
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Caroline (hse-mtl-ppp2463.qc.sympatico.ca) – 02.25.06 19:18:56
Me again. Someone is supposed to come next week to look at the mushroom situation. When the plumber came to fix the hot water tank he took a look at it and said the water leakage is related to the mushroom. Now there's another mushroom growing near it! Gross. I guess it can do a lot of damage to a building...i wonder if there are mushrooms growing above my bathroom ceiling also? I have those black spots on the ceiling...I'm wondering if I should look for another apartment, seriously.
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Mrsbright81 (adsl-157-185-129.shv.bellsouth.net) – 02.26.06 16:10:51
I just discovered a big 3 inch mushroom by my bathroom sink where there was a pipe leak. I tried to remove it and it crumbled to pieces. I came online to read up about it and found this site, after reading your stories I guess I should be worried. Help!!!
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Grossed out in Chicago (cache-mtc-ab10.proxy.aol.com) – 02.27.06 20:28:10
Well just like all of you I found a mushroom in my bathroom just about 15 mins ago so I came online to check it out and found all of you writting with the same problem that I have. I think that this is very gross and I wish I knew what exactly would help so I don't waste money. The mushroom I found looked like the ones you see outside by a tree but lighter, and it was pretty big. I have 2 toddlers and I don't even want them in the bathroom now. I found it where the tub meets the vanity. My kids do a lot of splashing so I don't know if this problem will ever go away
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bshangold (c-68-84-74-189.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 03.17.06 15:48:48
Just went down stairs to our second bathrrom that we don't use very much. The multiple landlords have all had problems getting the shower tyling right. I guess it still isn't right. If I owned and didn;t rent I guess I wouldn't be so astonished. Ours are like 5-6inches big. Check out the pictures:
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/bshangold/album?.dir=/3235&.src=ph&.tok=phsYckEBCYciq9KC
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Tom 7 (h-67-100-132-203.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 03.17.06 15:58:11
Whoa awesome. I ordered prints.
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Missy Olivia (wnpp-p-203-54-32-154.prem.tmns.net.au) – 03.17.06 16:08:37
After discovering yet another strange mushroom/fungi thingy emerging from the exterior side of my shower base (similar to the fungi in the image here) I decided it would be a wise move to search the net to broaden my appraisal of the situation - and, as luck would have it, arrived at this site.

The fungi I am finding seems to match more closely the description of a "pig skin" as so described by someone else here.

I have been living where I am for about a year and during the last 12 months have removed approx eight bathroom "mushrooms" and doused the bathroom area in bleach each time. Finally decided it would be a good idea to check out Dangerous Fungi on the net and this site popped up. Thanks for all the suggestions - salt & hydrogen peroxide - and links.......and now I know I am not alone!

(I live in far southern Australia, by the way).

I am intending to 'research' the fungi growth lurking in my bathroom and hopefully source some information from specialists in the field. If I discover the specimen I co-exist with is health-hazardous I will be sure to let you all know.
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Missy Olivia (wnpp-p-203-54-32-154.prem.tmns.net.au) – 03.17.06 16:10:17
After discovering yet another strange mushroom/fungi thingy emerging from the exterior side of my shower base (similar to the fungi in the image here) I decided it would be a wise move to search the net to broaden my appraisal of the situation - and, as luck would have it, arrived at this site.

The fungi I am finding seems to match more closely the description of a "pig skin" as so described by someone else here.

I have been living where I am for about a year and during the last 12 months have removed approx eight bathroom "mushrooms" and doused the bathroom area in bleach each time. Finally decided it would be a good idea to check out Dangerous Fungi on the net and this site popped up. Thanks for all the suggestions - salt & hydrogen peroxide - and links.......and now I know I am not alone!

(I live in far southern Australia, by the way).

I am intending to 'research' the fungi growth lurking in my bathroom and hopefully source some information from specialists in the field. If I discover the specimen I co-exist with is health-hazardous I will be sure to let you all know.
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Anonymous (202.27.88.6) – 04.02.06 17:12:18
I've started having mushrooms growing in my bathroom too over the last few weeks. Picked out at least 8 of the little buggers. They don't look like the one in the pic though - they are always tall on a skinny stalk with a purply/brown top and white underneath. And they pop up really quickly.

The idea of them makes my skin crawl! Did a big clean with bleach yesterday, and had nightmares all night about mushrooms being under the house and everywhere! Was hoping the bleach would work but now that I've read this I'm gonna salt the bathroom out too.

I really hope we don't have a water problem under the tiles, but I think we probably do. Its always wet around that side of the shower (toilet is right next door to it, so not sure if toilet is leaking or its just water from the shower, or both).

I'm glad that lots of other peope have this problem too, cos I really felt like such a slob when I saw the first mushroom. Its not like I clean the bathroom every day, but I'm not that bad with bathroom cleanliness!
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Anonymous (205.176.92.226) – 04.12.06 08:48:40
I have a leak coming from the back of my toilet for about 30 days. Very
very,small leak. Well I discovered a mushroom behind the toilet yesterday, white, 1 inch on stalk. I thought I was fricken seeing things and ran from it. My b-friend pulled it up and poured bleach. I will let my landlord know and use the salt in the meantime. I am laughing becuase I see I am not the only one that FREAKED and was grossed out and hallucinated in the night over the nasty stuff.
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Steve in Oklahoma (adsl-70-142-44-159.dsl.tul2ok.sbcglobal.net) – 04.13.06 18:19:17
I like you am also seeing mushrooms and am very freaked out. Was in the bathroom this morning doing my "job", picked up my newspaper from the floor and noticed an orange mushroom with a long skinny stalk that was about 4 or 5 inches tall growing from right under the toilet. I totally freaked out, I went into the kitchen and told my wife to go see it, and warned my 5 1/2 year old son not to look at it. She removed it for me and noticed spores all over the floor under the toilet. I am sure it was not there a few days ago. I like many people who have posted also have a toddler who likes to play in the bathroom. Thank God she did not see it and try to eat it. It also might explain why my 5 1/2 year old son sneezed the entire time he was taking a bath last night. Three years ago we redid the entire bathroom, took it to the studs, replaced all fixtures and replaced the floor. I have suspected that the toilet seal might be leaking for a while, and the huge mushroom confirms my fears. I have a plumber scheduled for tomorrow to check the seal. It also looks like I need to crawl under the house and check for water damage there too.
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Anonymous (205.241.142.137) – 04.19.06 23:46:49
Yuck!! I was in the bathroom washing my face when I looked down and saw a mushroom growing from the base of the toliet. I freaked out and made my husband come see it!! I am really suprised at how fast it showed up, because I just cleaned the bathroom a few days ago. And when I cleaned the bathroom I made sure that I cleaned under the toilet and around the base. I just can't believe that it popped up so fast. My husband took a picture and then cleaned it up, I refused to touch it. The mushroom released a black fine dust around the base, so I am guessing we will probably see more in the future. I have never ever heard of such a thing!! If it continues I will be calling the company we rent from and have them fix it.
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Carolyn (toronto-hse-ppp4247246.sympatico.ca) – 04.23.06 00:49:24
HAHAHHA O my GOodness! From the angle where i sit on the toilet i noticed this bulge comming from the side of the wall underneith the wall paper beside the shower. Lately i have seen a water puddle near my shower as well. Earlier today my mother noticed it too and she pealed it back and saw 3 mushrooms. We were so discusted. I nearly vomited on the spot. But its so cool! We laughed so hard. But, the mushrooms do not look like the one in the picture above. They look like actual long mushrooms with a hat on the top. Are these edible? Not that i want to eat them. But really, are they edible?
and WHAT DO I DO ABOUT THEM? haha
Thanks
Carolyn
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Steve in Oklahoma (adsl-70-142-44-159.dsl.tul2ok.sbcglobal.net) – 04.27.06 14:13:09
Good news for me. It was the seal on the toliet, also my toliet had been running some, which provided a source for the mushroom to grow. I called a plumber, he replaced the seal, and put a $2 part in the tank of the toilet. I had no permanent water damage under the toilet. My advice is if you see any kind of mushroom in your bathroom that means you have a problem. Call a plumber and get it fixed asap, and never eat anything that grows in your bathroom.
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Texas (ip-69-33-159-14.dfw.megapath.net) – 05.03.06 14:37:02
I am a little diffrent form you all. I just moved in to an apartment a month and a half ago, I noticed this morning that I have a mushroom growing in my livingroom floor!!! YUCK! Like a lot of you I have a 3yr old son. A few weeks after we moved in he got real sick and I have not been able to get him better. This may explain it. Wish me luck as I feel I will most likely move again!
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PS Newyorker (ool-45707278.dyn.optonline.net) – 05.07.06 17:54:45
Like many others I am little relieved to see that this is a common occurance, as I taught only mildew grew in these places. A couple of days ago I was also surprised to see two mushroom stems sprout out to 1 1/2 inch long out of the ceiling. Then it began dying after 3 to 4 days. Left it so the super can come and look at it to determine if there is a more serious problem with the roof. (It colud be indications of a more serious problem) But after reading these post I'm going to take a picture, pull it down and if it pop up again then it seems I have to insist that the landlord do something. Thank god for the web without it I would have probably spent money on a costly mold inspector to explain what the hell is going on. :)
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Anonymous (dialup-4.255.68.61.dial1.seattle1.level3.net) – 05.14.06 00:40:56
Weird, I have a mushroom in my bath also! However, I only see mine when I pull down my pants to drop a duce. It's lodged between my hairy leg and my fee bag, if you know what I mean.

Can I eat it?
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Anonymous (c-71-192-197-60.hsd1.ma.comcast.net) – 05.17.06 12:44:14
I just got done bleachn' the bathroom where I extracted a mushroom. It was growing between the tub and the tiled floor. We've been having leaking problems at the site for a looooong time. Reading all the previous info I know now I'd better get a plumber and a demolition crew to remedy this problem. Our house was built in 1969 and we bought it 6 years ago. I have suffered with chronic asthma since we bought it. Hmmmm, maybe it's the mold in the basement growing up into the bathroom floor? Perfect environment for fungis growth. Grossed out and thought I'd get online for some info. Thanks.
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Anonymous (s0106000c6e8950eb.ed.shawcable.net) – 05.23.06 15:03:55
Hi I have to Agree with the person that said TKO works!!! There is a company in Calgary, Canada that makes it and it is very concentrated but it's also pet and child friendly if used correctly. There are only an orange odor, no bleachy smells or fumes. It is all natural. I am a dog groomer and we use it in our shop. I also have a 3 year old home. We built it through a builder. I had five little mushrooms grow up from an opening between our basement floor and back entryway door. it really grossed me out! but my husband pulled all the mushrooms up including all the insulation the builder had shoved down there. And we sprayed with TKO and it didn't come back. But now we are trying to find out if the builder didn't do his job correctly. Isn't the basement floor suposed to go all the way to the bottom of the door frame? Anyways Different matter altogether. But it does work. Thanks for the hint whoever put it on here. I would never have known.
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Anonymous (wireless.35.ccis.net) – 05.25.06 16:50:35
You all cannot believe how relieved that I found this little support group. I have been thinking about this mushroom behind my toilet all day and night since I discovered it. I cannot stop thinking about it and cringing, thinking that my bathroom must be so incredibly nasty for something to GROW in it! And it doesn't help that I am an avid clean freak :) Thank you all for sharing. I do not feel so alone, and I will take all your suggestions and put them to the test on this little fungus bastard!
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Janet in Ohio (c-24-131-106-214.hsd1.oh.comcast.net) – 05.29.06 11:08:09
Well my question is about finding one in your basement floor. Like actually coming up out of the cement. It wasn't there a few days ago, but it's about 5 inches in diameter. We constantly have our dehumidifier going in the basement, but it's not able to dry it all up completely. We rent, but our landlord is both careless and clueless. If it's coming out of the cement, what's that indicative of? Any help/suggestions would be appreciated. We have a 3 year old, and I'm not sure if it's putting stuff into the air that's unsafe. Thanks!!
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Sarah (c-68-62-91-82.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) – 06.05.06 14:59:26
We're in the process of buying a home that was foreclosed. It sat without power for about 10 months during which the basement flooded off & on- plus there is evidence that it's always been a wet basement in general. We had a home inspection done & our inspector instructed us to completely GUT the basement. Anything that's wood that can come out has to be removed, everything has to be power-washed, sterilized, & thoroughly dried out- then we have to paint it with a special paint. I don't know all the procedures & products since I don't have that info in front of me- but I do know he said to wear face masks that filter out at least 3 micron particles. Plus we were down in the basement yesterday and I noticed there's tons of mushrooms all over that weren't there before!! I guess now I'll also be wearing a full body suit too. They are SOOO creepy!
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 06.05.06 16:02:52
Perhaps you can fund the repairs process by first shooting a genre film down there.
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Sarah (65.183.174.139) – 06.06.06 07:51:53
I also thought of some sort of psychedelic mushroom farm...
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Colleen from Portland Oregon (c-24-21-98-33.hsd1.or.comcast.net) – 06.13.06 13:32:24
Oh my gosh...

Me too on the toilet mushrooms. I had the floor in my bathrrom replaced last fall. Tile vs. lino. Anway, about two months ago my first mushroom grew at the site of the water shult off valve..pured bleach on it and it grew bac. Now I'm gaetting black traces of smudge coming out from the toilet base...Do I need a plumber or what?
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Anonymous (cache-mtc-ab10.proxy.aol.com) – 06.15.06 19:00:15
Tom, be my son! Your comments are so funny. RE: us mushroom folk, I'm there with y'all. I've lived in my Michigan home for 7 years and NEVER seen such a thing until about a month ago. I thought somebody's ear fell off on my basement floor until I realized it was a waxy (probably Peziza or Gyromitra) mushroom. You can learn more mushroom facts and see some great pictures on Americanmushrooms.com. Thanks to all for the comments. Besides letting me know I'm not alone, some of the comments made me laugh alound. Let's all follow Tom 7's advice..."Don't eat anything from your bathroom floor."
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Anonymous (12.206.85.254) – 06.15.06 19:57:49
what kind of mushroom is this?
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'shrooms shrooms everywhere but not a... (156.146.1.201) – 06.22.06 13:22:39
I've got a mushroom crop on the bathroom ceiling.

I live in a "pre-world war II" buidling in Brooklyn in NY. There has been four major leaks (from an apartment two floors above me) since June of 05. On Tues. the 21st I was brushing my teeth and looked up at the water damaged ceiling and saw what I thought were exposed wires. When I looked again I realized they were MUSHROOMS!!

They have long stems (3-4 in) and a small dark heads and they grow in groups of three in various parts of the ceiling. The always seem dead when I get home from work in the afternoon, but a new crop in a different part of the ceiling is there in the morning!!

Here's the kicker, on the first day I noticed the 'shrooms I had to go to court in reponse to my landlords complaint that I am an illegal subletee. He didn't sue me for money, but for return of the unit. It's a long story, but the basics are: 1) after the 2nd major water leak in February I told the landlord he had to fix the leak and the damage or I wouldn't pay rent. 2) His ONLY response to my demands was to sue me, not to look at the damage or send someone to look at it.

As a result we have a crop of mushrooms on the ceiling. I'm glad to be getting out of there and I'm sure the landlord has a bigger problem to fix because of his lack of integrity!!
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Anonymous (ool-45710245.dyn.optonline.net) – 06.25.06 23:31:53
Where can you buy this TKO product to get rid of these mushrooms? I am so terrified!
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Bryan (host-24-149-180-196.patmedia.net) – 06.28.06 00:14:59
Thank God I'm not alone on this. My wife was starting to accuse me of missing the seat and hitting behind the toilet!

Summary of remedies:
1. Salt
2. Hydrogen Peroxide
3. Bleach (hasn't worked for me)
4. TKO

Any others?
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Stephanie (ip70-181-21-174.ri.ri.cox.net) – 06.28.06 17:50:51
Hi all, just found two tiny mushrooms growing directly on the tile in the bathroom. I noticed two spots a few days ago, but thought it was just shoe dirt or dust and decided I'd clean it up when I cleaned the bathroom. The mushrooms looked like the ones someone described with a skinny stalk with a hat on. I love mother nature and all, but not this. I slid them off the tile --- anyone else have this? and flushed them down the toilet. I had never seen this on the floor here, and this house is about 30 years old. They weren't growing out of anything, just on the tile. I live about 1/2 mile from the beach, so it's frequently damp, and we have trouble with things drying in the bathroom. My husband is not very good with turning on the exhaust fan when he's in the shower. I sprayed the exposed floor with Lysol, but after reading all this, I am worried they will come back. Anyone else have a similar experience?
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Anonymous (dialup-4.236.30.124.dial1.newyork1.level3.net) – 07.07.06 11:04:38
I woke up this morning and saw a musroom with a stem and cap growing out of my ceiling. My landlord is nonexistent and i'm not sure if the super even exists... I'm moving out in 3 months, so i don't know if i can just pluck the musroom nail up some boards to the ceiling and try to live with it, or is this a health concern? i would try the above mentioned remedies except it's being on the ceiling makes it hard...
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Anonymous (s010600a0d2125f2c.vc.shawcable.net) – 07.17.06 18:07:38
LOL I went away for a week and came back to fund a bunch growing in my place by the shower! I have lived here for 7 years and this is a first. I was disturbed, a bit intrigued and now I am just confused are they dangerous or not? Salt and peroxide are great but is there a bigger problem?
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tywanda (66.16.57.203) – 07.17.06 20:45:41
my 7 yr old son came to me with a mushroom in a napkin asking me what was it and told me that it was hanging from the cabinet in the kitchen. When i went into the kitchen there were three little white ones with black spots what should i do
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P.Bart (dialup-4.238.229.44.dial1.philadelphia1.level3.net) – 07.22.06 02:13:50
My daughter has a cronic leak in her basement for the last year. Last week she noticed several mushrooms in the area where the water settles. They are shiney looking and freeeeeked me out.I ended up cleaning up the mess for her and using bleach like everyone else. I have been looking online for 4 hours trying to find out some information about what they are and why they are there, Everything that Ive read so far talks about mold.fungus,and moisture. I found a few sights that have some products that they sell and swear that they work but I can only give you the names of them and hope that they work.The first one is called mold blaster.then mold blocker is used after its gone so it wont come back. They also talked about using a detergent with borate-based ingredient in it or biocides. I hope some of this will help someone out there,I too am somewhat relieved that therer are so many of us with the same problem.Good luck to you all!!!!!!!
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Anonymous (cache-rtc-ab06.proxy.aol.com) – 07.22.06 14:22:56
my fungus is a waxy, pale yellow and looks like pasta shells. it is at the base of the wall behind my toilet and is also near our cats' litter box. i am so relieved that i am not the only person with fungus growing in my home. i will try salt as the vinegar and the bleach have not done much so far. i really hate fungus.
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P.Bart (126-pool1.ras02.jfk01.dial.cogentco.com) – 07.22.06 23:52:00
I was so tired last night that I forgot to add the most important part of all the articles that i read. If you have this problem you have a leak somewhere nearby. The only way to stop the mushrooms and fungus or mold from coming back is to find the leak and fix it. It could be inside a wall,in the wood,down the basement,or anywhere else for that matter.It could be something simple or it could be very toxic and harmful to you,your family,or even your home. If you or your family members are having respiratory symptoms that just started when you noticed the mushrooms it could be from mold somewhere in your home and this person could be sensitive to it. I could not believe what I was reading about all the different kinds of mold/fungus/mushrooms. I scared the hell out of me especially since my daughter has asthma .
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Anonymous (c-24-62-201-84.hsd1.nh.comcast.net) – 07.26.06 04:13:16
ahhh ok so I am not alone, I goggled and found this thread... I have mushrooms growing from behind the wallpaper in my bathroom up by the ceiling... thin long 2 inch white/yellow stems and a black top. I am freaked out, also found some nasty blacksish stuff behind the wallpaper which I think is from other ones that rotted back there.... I am so disgusted :S
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Anonymous (toronto-hse-ppp3733953.sympatico.ca) – 07.27.06 18:54:01
wow! me too! just plucked the second one from the grout beside my bathtub. the first was abut a month ago. mine are the type with the stalk and hat. was going to bleach the spot, but thought i'd check for suggestions online first - glad i found this site! i am aslo glad i am not the only one with this weirdo problem! feel a little bit less freaked out and grossed out now... going to salt the spot, and check for leaks... wish me luck!
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John Hawthorne (218-171-142-176.dynamic.hinet.net) – 08.01.06 09:02:21
HA HA!

I live in Taiwan, and I have a stainless steel sink... next to the sink is a corner, and out of the seam for two months now have been baby mushrooms. We know it's from preparing vegetables, and the sharp corner probably snagged a mushroom and that's where it began. We've been cutting the little things off, but we can never get inside to remove it all (who knows how big it is on the other side?).
Since I didn't know what to use to kill it, I put some ketchup (acid!) on it this morning... they were 1cm balls... LATER THAT DAY they grew 10x the size into full tall mushrooms.... maybe 5cm high!!! funny.

I'll try peroxide first! We also will try a local bathroom cleaner, but carefully (& sparingly) since this is near our sink!
I'll let you know if it worked or not!

-John
*Nu-Skool Taiwan mushroom farmer*
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Tom 7 (h-66-167-250-65.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 08.01.06 13:05:09
Ketchup only makes them stronger!
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Erica!! (ool-182e2a3a.dyn.optonline.net) – 08.02.06 18:15:19
Hey, My friend has a bathroom and apartment in her house in the basement right? so she uses the basement often, has a dehumidifier..but keeps tthe bathrooom door closed.. because there was a leak they fixed the leak.. but she just lets the water sit there in a big puddle on the floor in a corner around the toilet and it's very disgusting.. now these mushrooms are appearring all over the floor in the puddles.. it smells dry and musty..also black mold spots on the walls.. and the mushrooms are like tennessee said earlier waay up at top "It was a light color and reminded me of pig skin wadded up." yeah thats what it looked liike.. anybody else seen those?
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Erica!! (ool-182e2a3a.dyn.optonline.net) – 08.02.06 18:20:47
looks alot like THIS!!

whisky-jack.com/zoro/?q=node/78&size=_original
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Denise (c-66-41-212-158.hsd1.mn.comcast.net) – 08.07.06 09:48:14
Looks like we're not alone in the feeling of - oh gross, a mushroom in the bathroom, what about the kids! I found one growing out of the shower drain in our master bedroom bath. I'll be trying all the home remedies, specifically bleach and salt to clean the line.........never heard of this before so thanks to all who posted here.
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JoAnne M. K. (toronto-hse-ppp3936957.sympatico.ca) – 08.07.06 23:08:47
Hey, i thought i was alone !!!...pretty nasty eh?!...ive noticed a few in my bathroom as well, behind the toilet, where the wall meets the floor...I don't know what the deal is..im soo grossed out..(looks like a over grown, yellowish, outy bellybutton: SICK....i think its because im livin a house that was built over 100 years ago, God knows what's going on inside my walls...i'm not dirty, nor am i unsanitary,im jst sickly baffeled.... i'm glad i stumbled upon this page(while i was searching info on this nasty stuff).....its good to know, i'm not alone...p.s. just do your thang! ;)
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tyeshia (pool-70-16-3-132.balt.east.verizon.net) – 08.08.06 12:32:52
MY LANDLORD TOLD ME THAT THE MUSHROOMS WERE A MISTERY AND THAT WAS IT. SHOULD SHE REMOVE THE CABINETS TO SEE WHAT"S GOING ON. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
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Anonymous (cpe-74-65-148-112.maine.res.rr.com) – 08.10.06 09:28:28
has anyone eaten one of these?
email if you have: emptyhousefilm@gmail.com
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Ricky J (s010600014ab440fd.cg.shawcable.net) – 08.10.06 23:28:14
Wow this thread has been going on for almost 3 years, nice!

I've just found strange mushroom type things in my basement bathroom, in between the shower base and the lino. They look almost like a inverted mushroom or a piece of pigs skin curled a bit.

So far my plan of attack is to dry the room out and fix the leaky shower, lift some of the lino a bit and inspect.

If it looks ok I will put some salt down in the cracks and then silicone them shut, if it looks bad I will just gut the entire room. :shrug:
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Sarah, S Wisconsin (24-196-104-130.dhcp.mdsn.wi.charter.com) – 08.12.06 19:32:59
I thought for sure I was the only one with this problem. Part of me is glad to see it's not just me, but part of me is irritated that these little buggers are hard to get rid of. I have them growing out of my bathroom wall next to the sink, one set growing in a corner right outside of the bathroom door and one set growing about three feet from there coming out of the hardwood against the wall. The are white on top, black underneath and leave a black ring on the floor when the pop up. The first time I found them, I only saw the black ring and thought my floor had caught fire. And they honestly pop up to about 4 inches tall during the night when i am sleeping. Its a mystery! My utility closet is right next to the bathroom and my air conditioner leaks in there, so I imagine that is where mine are stemming from. I will be trying salt and peroxide and will let you all know if it works!
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curseddagger (cpe-58-169-46-4.nsw.bigpond.net.au) – 08.22.06 07:45:07
hey all, i just jumped in the shower the other day and looked down to see what i thought was a HUGE booger...upon closer inspection i saw that it was a little mushroom growing from a crack in the grouting in between the tiles. Our bathroom is actually really clean and we always use the dehumidifier (exhaust fan)..

i thought it was the coolest (but strangest) thing i had seen in a long time and told everyone to not use that bathroom for a few days. i wanted to see if they would come back so we left the bathroom alone and sure enough several more massive mushrooms started growing :D

we are getting the land lord to check it out and see what can be done to get rid of them..

p.s. they look like an inverted mushroom (off white/yellow in colour) and have tiny black spots on the underside
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E_T (cpe00e0984d6287-cm00407b877fa2.cpe.net.cable.rogers.com) – 08.24.06 00:51:29
Wow, I didn't know this was so common.

I just got back from a 4-day trip to find mushrooms growing out of my basement carpet. The dehumidifyer often leaks when it gets full, so it's no suprise that something could grow there. I plucked them out and threw them away, but I'm not sure if they're dangerous or not.

They were a grey-ish colour with lots of black squiggly spots. They were about an inch and 1/2 tall, and a little over a centimeter in diameter. The button tops were elongated. Anyone know what they could be?
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Bernie (cpc1-basf3-0-0-cust363.nott.cable.ntl.com) – 08.24.06 06:48:43
I just picked 14 mushrooms from my bathroom floor, i thought this was normal, i've never known anything different...they were in my parents place when i was a kid and we used to use them in cooking all the time.

Should i be concerned about them then? That means i'll have to start buying them!
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Shawn(smurray@dublin.com) 9/02/2006 5... (pool-68-236-146-41.alb.east.verizon.net) – 09.04.06 17:35:01
I own a cleaning company in upstate NY. We specialize in mold cleaning and remediation. There are a few factors, which most people understand, that contribute directly to the growth of mold and mushrooms. Temperature, humidity (presence of moisture), and organic material for food. One or all off these factors need to be dealt with in order to control the problem. I have been working in this field for some time now and still run into situations that make me scratch my chin. Its unbelievable some of the places where molds will grow. One thing I can say though is that you should take caution when handling any type of mold or mushrooms. I have run into situations where apon leaving a heavily contaminated home, my partner and myself have been stricken with nausia and severe headaches. Wearing a respirator is a must for your protection. They taught us this in school and its good advice. I can stand this stuff. It destroys everything if not dealt with. I was saying earlier that it needs organics to grow such as wood but I have seen mold grow on everything. Everything!! Control the moisture. Protect yourselves
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Anonymous (70.134.125.252) – 09.09.06 13:14:07
We too just found a mushroom growing next to our shower...no surprise that the wall is quite soft, probably has some mold and needs some work. Mold can be toxic and an extreme health hazard. I suggest to anyone with mushrooms growing in their house to take it seriously and look deeper than what appears on the surface. And I really hope that nobody is eating these specimens, even the bathroom oyster variety...that's disgusting.
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Anonymous (69-175-138-124.chvlva.adelphia.net) – 09.17.06 21:09:00
I also found a mushroom growing out of our living room carpet. We are on the third floor and the ceiling leaks all the way down the wall when it rains. Told the property manager but they keep telling us the roofers will come. THe other day my husband pulled up one mushroom, now tonight we pulled up the carpet and the whole baseboard is covered in tiny little mushrooms. This is the grossest, most discusting thing I have ever seen. I will try the bleach-salt thing for now, but I will be raising hell with the landlord tommorow. Gross....
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Anonymous (68-232-151-7.chvlva.adelphia.net) – 09.18.06 19:05:04
Wow- yep- we found a long skinny stalk this morning in our bathroom growing out of the grout in our shower. Really nasty but pretty awesome- never seen anything like this inside the house before!!
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Anonymous (24-247-13-239.dhcp.aldl.mi.charter.com) – 09.24.06 10:08:38
I would like anyone who has had this professionally looked at respond. We built a $630,000 home approx. two years ago and since that time, every winter, my six year old son and myself develop sever breathing problems....can't seem to be diagnosed. This mushroom doesn't grow in my bathroom, but on the molding on the way to the walk-out basement. Maybe we need a dehumidifier????
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Anonymous (pool-70-109-97-124.alb.east.verizon.net) – 09.28.06 14:39:09
I poured regular laundry detergent on a mushroom in the basement and it killed it
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Anonymous (24-247-13-239.dhcp.aldl.mi.charter.com) – 09.29.06 17:53:12
Killed WHAT, the mushroom or the people living in the house!
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Your mom (adsl-75-46-135-167.dsl.sfldmi.sbcglobal.net) – 10.01.06 13:24:02
Listen everyone...if you find a mushroom anywhere in your home it is a warning sign that a more serious issue exists!!! I found one in my bathroom, and come to find out upon inspection, I have some serious water damage that led to several types of mold, including black mold. Fortunately, my homeowners insurance covers the majority of the $15,000 cost to tear everything apart in my bathroom, remediate the mold & rot, and re-build it...and this is just minor for what could've been possible had I ignored the situation. Several parties reiterated that I caught this problem at its onset. Good luck to all who face this problem :)
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SkyPiglet (c-68-61-158-50.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) – 10.05.06 01:32:13
I just found this in my bathroom this evening. How fast do these things grow? I was gone for 15 hours today, I come home... and I have mature mushrooms coming from the grout by my bathtub!

people.emich.edu/tambrose/junk/shroom.JPG

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Ajay in New Mexico (cache-dtc-ad10.proxy.aol.com) – 10.13.06 12:52:00
I had mushrooms growing on my kitchen floor. There had been a leak
from the kitchen sink. The cabinets were moldy, and then I found the
fungus thing. It was sort of, uhm, like a hard white foam. Very tough and fibrous- had to saw it off with a knife. Then a bunch of the lanoleum tiles were loose, and there was white fungus under the
one next to where the mushroom type thing grew.

I had the leak fixed, and sprayed a LOT of bleach all over the inside of the cabinets. I reglued all the loose cabinets. Where the fungus was
growing, I put a very toxic anti-bacterial, anti-fungal product. It's made for killing all sorts of germs in a veterinarian type situation... kills
off contageous diseases, etc. I normally avoid using any toxic chemicals, but this seemed like a good time to make an exception. The mold seems to have stopped growing, and I imagine things are drying out pretty well now under the floor. It's been at least 4 months
since I've seen any mushroom growth. That whole area of the floor is sort of warped and swollen, though... I think the particle board beneath the lanoleum floor tiles got first swollen with moisture, then invaded with mold. It is gross. But I think it may be under control now, as long as the area stays dry (I live in a very dry climate).
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Anonymous (66-117-168-75.rev.dls.net) – 10.14.06 22:54:12
thanks for making me feel better - I found mushrooms in the bathroom too and I freaked out. Gotta go call the landlord
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Tammi B (ip70-161-117-125.hr.hr.cox.net) – 10.22.06 12:34:44
Well, I am glad to find out this is not an isolated case of weirdness. These little white shrooms growing from under the toilet are more common then we thought. In the process of trying to find a leak of some sort. Also know the toilet sweats very badly at times. Have a bubble in lino on the same side shroom was found. Hopefully we will get hold of the problem. My husband has developed more serious case of allergic rhinusitis since we moved here 4 years ago. Thanks for all the info.
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Anonymous (c-69-244-149-75.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) – 10.31.06 02:31:22
found something sticking out of tile in bathroom corner looked like pasta couldn't figure out what it was - it was disgusting and scared me.
There was a hole in the tile and the thing was growing out of it - I poured bleach down the hole not knowing what to do. I am a renter and am afraid the landlord will say that I am responsible for the mold growing behind the tiles and it is from a leaky shower.

Thanks to all for the comments . It's very scary. I also saw a tiny mushroom sprouting out from the tile in the shower and poured bleach all over the tiles. I am going to try salt and the hydrogen peroxide. It's too creepy to look at.
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Anonymous (c-69-244-149-75.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) – 10.31.06 02:34:19
Does bathroom shower mold cause serious respiratory problems? As much as I try to keep it scrubbed, some mold problem keeps arising. How serious a problem can it be to breath? My teenager is worried about a long-term illness coming on. She's had sinus problems constantly.
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cjk-washington,pa (pool-151-201-53-205.pitt.east.verizon.net) – 11.12.06 18:57:20
hi i'm cjk-washington, pa and i have a bathroom mushroom problem...
i just move into a new house and descovered what i call fairytale mushrooms in my bathroom they almost look like something out of thumbalina. it's crazy,but i'm glad to see that i am not the only one.
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Erica!! (ool-182e2d01.dyn.optonline.net) – 11.18.06 22:33:08
heh well it's been months and my friend kristie still hasn't done shit about her tropical mold factory of a bathroom, soon the mold will grow into a new species, maybe even more advanced as humans like on the movie evolution. i shall go venture into her bahtroom soon, and take a picture to show what happens if you let this go on for months. =) unless maybe she has gotten it fixed, i hope so. i'll keep you all updated.
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Anonymous (cpe-74-65-220-27.nyc.res.rr.com) – 11.22.06 23:06:18
We found a mushroom growing out of the floor in the bathroom after some water damage occured. We plucked it out and I sprayed Lysol in the area and have not seen once since. This was a few days ago, so we are hoping it works, but the Lysol spray did say it kills mold, mildew, bacteria, and FUNGI. You never know.

Glad we are not alone!
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Tammy the Scourge of Fungi (client-86-29-19-225.nott.adsl.tesco.net) – 11.23.06 09:25:20
This morning I saw a little cluster of beige and gray mushrooms growing under the radiator in my living room. Since I have suffered from severe mycophobia (fear of fungus) since childhood, this was really distressing for me. I have scraped away the horrible things and cleaned the carpet with bleach, mold and mildew remover and salt. I'm drying out the area too. Anything else I can do to prevent this happening again? The mere sight of a mushroom makes me feel nauseous.
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Anonymous, C-ville, PA (c-71-224-133-160.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 11.25.06 20:38:35
I am glad to hear that other people are suffering with the same problem. My son showed me two weeks ago mushrooms coming out of our dining room floor by our front wall of the house. We discovered that their is a crack in our stone. the crack is repaired by the mushroom has returned and is growing fast. We have only been in our new home 1yr 1/2. My son suffers from asthma. We will be bringing in the professionals and possibly getting a lawyer. This sound serious.
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Anonymous (cache-los-ab05.proxy.aol.com) – 12.13.06 18:24:40
HI

I live in the Uk just found two wierd pasta like shapes coming out og the bottom of the shower cubicle. I was distressed and wondered what they were. My husband says theyr have been their for a while as he has been throwing them away!!!!YUK!!! I am in the Uk England..& have never seen one in 34years of my life inside.....I will try salt after husband has removed them but what is Lysol and can i get it from the uk??????

Really Gross stuff YUK YUk I have two little toddler explorers tooo..
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Watts (d38-236-84.home1.cgocable.net) – 01.20.07 04:33:46
I have a stall shower in my apartment, and I also have a mushroom that grows out from under it. It will grow out from under the shower in about 2 days, then dies, and right away a new one takes its place. Thing is, it looks nothing like the picture at the top of the page.
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Anonymous (c-71-60-51-59.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 01.22.07 02:06:17
Eat em and trip some balls. I swear they work and god only know what you all would be without me.... Try em for yourself.

ENJOY!
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Anonymous (66-45-166-230.ptr.llix.net) – 02.12.07 15:24:55
I have had orange- SICKLY ORANGE mushrooms growing just inside my back sliding glass door to my deck in between linoleum and door strip which is OSB strand board- now, 3 years later, they are popping up a couple feet from my washing machine. My main concern is respiratory problems and arthritic/immune system responses to the spores; for me and everyone who has written here, TAKE PICTURES OF THIS STUFF if you have landlord or property owners of it you may have potential law suits or health department involvement- thats' my opinion. btw black mold is something to worry about in and of itself; in fact I believe when I lived elsewhere it contributed to the onset of fibromyalgia in me, and early onset arthritis possibly. good luck. oh, and to the person whos landlord says "beats me, it's a mystery" yeah.....RIGHT, many of you are describing SERIOUS structural problems of buildings!
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A fun guy (lib-pc23.sfsu.edu) – 02.15.07 18:00:14
This site is really funny...I've laughed aloud several times reading it.

I just discovered some orange mushrooms growing in the crack between a wall and my ceiling in my home...it's in the hall right outside the bathroom. I thought it was funny and I thought the mushrooms were kind of pretty, and I left them there for my roommate to see when she got home. But after reading this site...I'm trying to determine whether it's really a health hazard or whether it's people being paranoid. I suppose I'll tell my landlords who live right upstairs (like Mr. and Mrs. Roeper) but that means I have to clean the house first...

Also I wonder how difficult it will be for them to make the mushrooms go away...it seems like gravity could be a problem, since they're right near the ceiling. I went to this [ www.rogersmushrooms.com/gallery/chooser.asp ] mushroom identification site, hoping that the mushrooms would be hallucinogenic...but I couldn't find any pictures that looked like the ones in my home. Booo.
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Anonymous (h-68-167-250-109.sttnwaho.dynamic.covad.net) – 02.21.07 02:01:20
We have the pasta-noodle variety growing out of the carpet in a basement room that shares a wall with a bathroom. I first thought the cats had dragged a lasagna noodle downstairs and were chewing on it, so threw it in the trash in disgust. A couple of days ago I was talking to my brother on the cell phone in the same room, looked down and there were three more lasagna noodles. It was like deja vu. I had the sudden sick realization that it was mushrooms. I told my brother and we discussed my putting little gnome figurines with them and taking pictures. Still have not done so, and in the meantime my grossed-out husband put a shoebox over them to keep cats and kids away. I know that will just make them grow faster. Sigh...I think we are looking at an expensive ordeal of having the basement floor torn out to see just what's going on under there. It rains a lot here, but the basement is otherwise dry so I suspect plumbing problems. Just what I was hoping to spend money on...Meanwhile I will try salt and Lysol as we already have those handy.
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Karla (newintranet.newrichmond.k12.wi.us) – 03.21.07 10:32:45
I had the a really discuting bathroom and it was barely ever clean but there was a leak in the drain pipe and the floor often got wet and the wood floor was kinda rotten because of it. But for some reason the mushroom grew on the outer wall of the bathroom where my bedroom was. They were so cute and I wanted to know i they were edible and why they grew in the house and not outside? Can you grow mushroom without soil and seeds, if so, how?
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TawnyWolf (cache-rtc-ae03.proxy.aol.com) – 03.25.07 16:48:37
Oh Sick! I too have the mushroom in the bathroom problem! My family has been living in a tiny 3 bed cottage that we rent for 3 years now and about a year ago I found the first one at the bottom of our stand up shower. I freaked and was so embarressed about it but did some looking online and found nothing. I scraped it up and cleaned as best I could with clorox wipes and lysol. Never have used bleach on them. Seems like every 4 months or so I'll find another one or two in that same spot. They are light to medium brown, small (about an inch wide) and I seem to have had two types I think as I've had some that look like the "bunched up pig skin" and others that look like an "outie belly button".. So frigging gross! I have two right now that I'm about to go get rid of. I guess this time I'll take pictures first like someone above mentioned if you rent. I'll try the salt too! I would say that we do have a mold problem in this house. I have scrubbed dark colored mold out of the window sills on more than one occasion. And we also have some in the window in the bathroom but you can't scrub it out, it's like it's in the paint or something. Creepy. Our landlords suck ass and never fix anything so I'm not holding my breath. We too have 3 small kids (6, 5, and 1) and are afraid for their health. Pets too. I really thought I was the only one! So good to see this "group" around!
Any idea's or advice please e-mail me at LadyLeonard84@aol.com
Thanks!
Tawny
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Dan Hall (exony-ltd-02.altohiway.com) – 04.02.07 13:51:14
Were students in the UK, we smoked our bathroom mushroom and it was great, got so high i climbed a tree and had a poo on a squirrel!

I would recommend it to anyone! Smoke your mushroom!
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Anonymous (c-24-3-17-54.hsd1.mn.comcast.net) – 04.13.07 00:11:14
So my mushroom story beats everyone's. I have mushrooms growing out of my carpet in my sons closet where the water heater is. My house is 10 years old, was inspected and we have only been here for 3 months!
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River13 (host81-151-183-218.range81-151.btcentralplus.com) – 04.20.07 18:36:54
Awww...
They're lovely little blighters really. Just tryin to make their murky way in the world, same as everyone else! Have a heart ;)~
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Anonymous (63-226-200-73.tukw.qwest.net) – 04.26.07 01:04:44
i have two teenagers living in our shed that we fixed up. they usually take care of their own space but the two times i have gotten out there to check things out in the past 6 mos. i swept up and found what i thought were lasagna noodles dropped under the sink on the floor(kitchen area).
the second time i wondered if it was something other than lasagna noodles since there isnt even a stove in the shed. talking to my son he said the same thing grows on the other side of the wall of the kitchen...lasagna noodle mushrooms...gross! the shed floor is right on the dirt ground(wood on dirt). i'm not surprised at weirdness such as mushrooms but how do i get rid of them? salt and lysol? bleach? should i tear the wall apart? there's also a sweet smell...is that typical of the lasagna mushroom?
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RadAcoustics (203-173-218-58.dialup.ihug.co.nz) – 05.03.07 08:56:50
[quote="A fun guy"]This site is really funny...I've laughed aloud several times reading it.[/quote]

Yep... your not wrong mate, some of these posts are pure gold... hehe.

The thing is they are so serious and concerned about it, even though it's only nature doing it's thing... Fungus grows in damp conditions, it's a fact of life on Terra Firma.

Humans and fungus have co-existed for centuries, I can't see us being wiped out by a "lasagna noodle mushroom" any time soon, but hey who am I too judge? Rip up the floor and tear down that wall... or just get some anti fungal cream, the choice is yours.
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Anonymous (ool-182d3465.dyn.optonline.net) – 05.04.07 00:42:16
WE HAVE GRACKS IN OUR CEILING.. COULD IT BE MUSHROOMS GROWING UNDERNEATH
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Anonymous (ool-182d3465.dyn.optonline.net) – 05.04.07 00:43:35
WE HAVE CRACKS IN OUR CEILING AND LIVE ON THE THIRD FLOOR COULD IT BE MUSHROOMS GROWING IN THERE
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Anonymous (cpe-76-177-89-124.natcky.res.rr.com) – 05.07.07 21:00:49
i have mushrooms growing next to my bath tub they started yesterday and now they are one inch tall . is this for real? what do i do? i sprayed bleach and other chemicals, but it did not work.
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JB in Texas (cache-mtc-ac16.proxy.aol.com) – 05.14.07 02:37:15
okay I've read all the mushroom comments...My husband and I lived in a rent house about 2 years ago and mushrooms popped up out of the HALL WALL right behind where the shower pan was. We lived there for 2 months before this happened and moved out within 2 weeks.(Only because we wanted our deposit back and my husband had to replace the sheet rock where the leak was) Our landlord was in MAJOR denial about the whole cituation. My toddler and I were sick coughing up blood, rashes all over our body, scratchy throat and cough. We were sick for months. My husband was sick also but not as long. Our bi*** landlord said it was okay that is wasnt a health hazard but I talked with the health dept. and OH yes it is! There mushrooms were about 3 inches tall and were light green and brown. People beware mushrooms are a MAJOR health hazzard and toddlers can have permanent damage in their lungs as adults can too. Spores can leak into the body and grow around the lung area. I was told by a family Doctor's Practioner. Good luck with all your mushroom hunting!
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Anonymous (76.201.155.140) – 05.21.07 16:52:44
i have mushrooms growing in my utilities closet....they're about 3 inches high and dark brown....what should i do?!
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Anonymous (c-68-80-190-17.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 05.22.07 15:12:18
I just found two mushrooms today growing through the carpet in front of the washer. Can they really grow through the carpet? I removed them. Do you think I should wait and see if they grow back before I tell my landlord?
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Anonymous (dialup-4.159.62.210.dial1.chicago1.level3.net) – 05.23.07 00:55:34
I have had a mushroom problem in my bathroom for over a year now and yes I have had some health issues.. The mushrooms in my bathroom looked like the pic on top and then they got out of control and went into looking like a dried up pig skin. I have been in the hospital for breathing problems and now pnamonia however you spell it.... I do have a problem with asthma but the doc said that the mold does not help it.. It has made my health worse.. I have stayed at a friends house for a few days and now the mold is gone.. We have take the old flooring out of my house and put new stuff in. Hoping that this is going to do the trick..
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Anonymous (pool-71-161-254-83.sctnpa.east.verizon.net) – 05.25.07 23:23:00
I also have mushrooms growing in my kitchen near the sink my dishwasher leaked a while back without us really knowing becuae it was a slow leak just a fine mist so we don't know how long it was but one day we noticed everything under the dishwasher soaked. I don't remember what made us notice but now we have mushrooms growing something similar to the one above but it is light colored and reminds me of like a piece of bowtime pasta.
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AdamNYC (cpe-69-201-180-49.nyc.res.rr.com) – 06.06.07 21:59:17
Might as well add to the list.

Living in Manhattan, moved into a ground level apt in a brownstone about 3 months ago. The bathroom's always been kinda leaky but I never paid much thought cuz I'm just a youngin'. Whattya know, outta nowhere a mushroom popped outta where the tile meets the wall. Here's a pic:

www.isgoingtoeat.us/shroom.jpg

Can anyone identify?

I'm going to tell the landlord (he lives in the building so I'm sure he'll be somewhat concerned) and probably use salt - I'll follow up with results.

Good luck everyone!
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Anonymous (c-76-103-101-199.hsd1.ca.comcast.net) – 06.08.07 05:43:28
Now see, my mushroom, the second one so far, looks more like pasta previously mentioned here. At first it looked like a claw/hook thing! FREAKED ME OUT! Hubby wouldn't touch it at all. HAHA
Trying to find out how to take care of it. Our landlord is a rude person, who really doesn't care about our well-being (this stems from when the neighbors dog broke through our rotting fence and bit our labrador). She still won't have the fence repaired. So I doubt she would do anything for our bathroom. :P
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shroom advice (24-117-12-216.cpe.cableone.net) – 06.08.07 17:56:14
ya, so..... same story, bathroom, shrooms, leaky toilet.......

I have found out that it's best to stop using bleach and house hold chemicals, or at least use sparingly (once every two weeks).... The shrooms grow tolerance to the chemicals. Ha, I really am seriouse, it just sounds conspiratorial.
If you are sick.... sore throat allergy symptoms etc it may be mold and mildew which are common with shrooms and are known to cause health problems.
Sealing off the leak is the first step, then get a dehumidifier (it really work and costs from 150-2000 depening on how large an area), perhaps an air purifier as well, sealing over the grout is a great idea, the grout doesn't stop the shrooms and seems to give them a nice nest.
Also if you have a crawl space under your house, you may be doing a larger battle.
Watch out for black mold it's air born, so you can get it from your neighbor. It causes huge health problems, don't freak out not all black mold is the toxic kind. You would have to get it tested to find out.
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Erica (ool-182e2d01.dyn.optonline.net) – 06.17.07 12:24:32
Hey this is me, Erica, again..

So my pal kristie still, after a year, hasn't fixed up that bathroom...

I did take a photo, but I think it got deleted.

this page does make me laugh so much..

"We have the pasta-noodle variety"

oh god hahaha
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RadAcoustics (203-173-205-34.dialup.ihug.co.nz) – 06.19.07 10:31:21
[quote="Anonymous"]WE HAVE GRACKS IN OUR CEILING[/quote]

Gotta get dem gracks sorted out mun, beforerum dey sporn.

G'dday Erica.
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NJ Shrooms (ool-18bb54a3.dyn.optonline.net) – 06.25.07 00:12:47
well, when i found my mushrooms i told my hubby there was pasta noodls on the floor... i got mad b/c i thouguht he was keeping the trash down there. he said ' they're mushrooms!" i said, bad excuse for having a leaky trash bag and neglecting to clean it up... but yes, they were mushrooms, and not pasta. I love the fact that im not the only noe who thinks this !!!!!

We live 4 blocks from the beach and have a brick basement floor - when it rains, the brick gets wet, but usually dries.

I have a parrot who has begun plucking her feathers - i thought it was due to the stress of moving (we just moved here)... butnow im worried its affecting her health. Will try salt, and my father (contractor) and uncle (architect) said to get a dehumifier and seal it w/ special sealing paint.

Alternatively, we could pour 3" of concrete over it.
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curseddagger (cbr-pow-pr3.tpgi.com.au) – 07.04.07 08:14:05
Just wanted to let you know what happened with our mushroom situation...

a while back i found a mushroom in the shower, reported it to the landlord and had the situation checked out... the shroom got sent off to a lab for testing and it was proven to be a nasty one, gave us ongoing respiratory problems for a while. the bathroom was checked out and had to be totally replaced, there was soooo much damage from the mushroom infection, the total cost was well in excess of $20,000 AUS and we had to go without a bathroom for more than 3 months while it was being rebuilt.

In conclusion:
if you find a mushroom somewhere like that, take caution... they can be dangerous and they can also be the sign of some major damage... our floor was so rotten underneath that its a miracle no one fell through.

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hey all, i just jumped in the shower the other day and looked down to see what i thought was a HUGE booger...upon closer inspection i saw that it was a little mushroom growing from a crack in the grouting in between the tiles. Our bathroom is actually really clean and we always use the dehumidifier (exhaust fan)..

i thought it was the coolest (but strangest) thing i had seen in a long time and told everyone to not use that bathroom for a few days. i wanted to see if they would come back so we left the bathroom alone and sure enough several more massive mushrooms started growing :D

we are getting the land lord to check it out and see what can be done to get rid of them..

p.s. they look like an inverted mushroom (off white/yellow in colour) and have tiny black spots on the underside
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Anonymous (70.156.38.79) – 07.10.07 12:29:14
For a couple of weeks recently, I found one or two tall, skinny mushrooms growing against the carpet and the baseboard in the hallyway just outside my bathroom. "Curious", I first thought. I pulled it up, played scientist under the magnifying glass for a while, lost interest, then discarded it. Then grew another in almost the same spot. Then another. Each time I have removed them, another would appear. Now, I was more than curious but alarmed. (I must be a slow learner.) I told my husband I thought perhaps we had some water damage in the walls which had caused them. He played it off like I didn't know what I was talking about. I told him it could possibly lead to mold. I have had serious sinus infections lately and have been tired a lot. I've even had nasal surgery. I know these can be symptoms of mold or fungus circulating in the air. I have also noticed small black spots along the floorboards and down a seam in a corner behind the curtains in our bedroom. I hope this is not what is termed "black mold." We need to have this situation looked into soon, soon and very soon! I KNOW of what I speak, but this man doesn't want the expense of checking it out and ridding ourselves of the problem. I've been wanting to sell the house, but it will never sell with these problems going on. He won't say so, but I think my husband has treated the carpet with something in an attempt to SELF-SOLVE the situation (Cheapo), because now instead of mushrooms growing, there seems to be some type of white grangular material spreading in that area. Looks and feels like plaster of paris or chalk. Could it be lime? I'm beside myself. My health problems are becoming worse. I can't stay here. How do I get this man to understand the seriousness of this situation? Will it take a divorce? Oh, yeah, even HE is having respiratory problems, but he won't admit it. Nothing that a little Claritin can't solve. Can you beat that?!
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Gil Anthony (12.156.160.119) – 07.10.07 17:55:30
Hi TOM I've found it strange that my foxfire browser doesn't upload your escape website while explorer works find.It all most had me thinking you've moved on to something newer and escape was abandoned!WWWWWWWWWWhu that was a close one.:-)
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Tom 7 (66.167.9.49) – 07.10.07 23:00:38
I'd never! It may just have my IP address cached, so it'll probably start working again in a few days. (Or you might have success clearing the cache.)
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Chelle-NY (69.126.31.229) – 07.14.07 17:49:23
Hi! This is my second interaction with mushrooms in my bathroom. It is growing out of a wall between the standing shower and toilet (much closer to the shower) I cleaned and re-sealed the shower, and after a few months the mushrooms returned. It seems to grow in the same spot. The house is 18 years old, however I purchased it about 3 years ago. Any suggestions? Thanks
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Nikky (71.127.85.6) – 07.15.07 13:04:02
Interesting. I got online to do some research because I too have some sort of fungus growing in my bathroom. I'm relieved I'm not the only one and that it's not a "cleanliness" issue. The fungus I have is growing out of the base of our toilet. I actually thought it was the wax seal leaking out at first and so did my husband. He reached down to touch it and freaked out when it was cold and wet feeling. If you've ever replaced a toilet you know the color I'm talking about for the wax seal. It has the same waxy look to it in the older mushroom. In the smaller new ones that are popping up they are almost clear, more of a pale milky yellow. The older fungus we found also doesn't have a cap on it but has almost like... petals for lack of a better description and those petals start curling under. I'm going to take a picture of it today before removing it all and putting down salt.

Thanks for all the advise. We have a leak under our tiles apparently so I'll soon be seeing how many more are under the toilet when I pull it up. What fun!
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Anonymous (70.124.80.235) – 07.19.07 00:49:42
I just discovered a mushroom growing out of the carpet in my bedroom. I jut moved into this apartment about a month ago and this is just totally gross. With all the other issues i've been having, I wonder if this is grounds to get out of my lease.
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Aware in Georgia (ip68-1-148-44.mc.at.cox.net) – 08.01.07 23:16:16
I have never been more horrified or entertained at the same time!

This should be on Fox News. I don’t have mushrooms yet…but…any day now…It could happen to me! I’m scared. I’ve been researching Candida albicans, yeast infections, toenail fungus, mold etc…and how it pertains to our health…cause of disease of all kinds in humans! Check out www.knowthecause.com and say your prayers! God help us!

Yikes!
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Anonymous (dchp216110202.medicine.mcgill.ca) – 08.10.07 14:56:31
Hi all,

Got really freaked out and somewhat embarrassed a few days ago... Boyfriend found it and I picked it up and got rid of it. Was wearing a bandanna on my mouth & nose so I wouldn't breathe in spores (I'd advise people to do that, esp. if there's powder coming out when 'shrooms are disturbed!) Told my boyfriend "Let's not tell anybody we know!!" Sprayed the area w/Tilex type cleaner (supposed to kill mold) will see if it comes back... I wonder if we could have carried spores on our clothes from a stroll in the woods or something?

Anyway, it's a bit reassuring to see that other people have this problem too... If the 'shrooms come back, I might try TKO, too :-)
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 08.10.07 16:02:23
Your secrets are safe with us, Anonymouses!
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Anonymous (12-218-54-76.client.mchsi.com) – 08.17.07 20:39:39
does anyone have spores that have a little stalk and light brown oval ball on the end,,I know I did a terrible job replastering the wall behind my shower and im scared it will just fall down and a million of these spores will be behind it...oh I so want to move!!
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Anonymous (cpc2-port3-0-0-cust425.cos2.cable.ntl.com) – 08.19.07 11:48:49
Wow. Excellent site. Now I'm convinced I have to take this seriously. Unfortunately, if there's a leak it's coming from the flat above and who knows how long it will take to fix...
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Anonymous (143.43.25.20) – 08.24.07 15:50:36
I'm so happy to know that my husband and I are not alone. However, our mushrooms are growing on the wood beams on the basement ceiling under the toliet area. I was soooo freaked out when I saw them about 3 weeks ago. I guess I'l spray Lysol and get a dehumidifier as well, as we too have two small children (2 and 4) and I'll contact our insurance company as one woman posted. I pray that we all have inexpensive success with our problems.
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Dizzie (68-119-245-76.dhcp.wrbg.mo.charter.com) – 08.29.07 00:18:33
I have to wake up at five in the morning but instead of going to sleep i couldnt stop reading this! this mushroom situation and everyones reactions to it are hilarious. ive been cracking up all night. I was trying to look up some that i found in my yard...well at least this make me a feel a little better. when i was like 5 years old i found like 5 mushrooms growing in my grandmas bathroom and i freaked out and told my mom. I thought our family were the most disgusting people ever and ive never brought it up again. but im not alone. thank goodness :')
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Big Butts (adsl-69-153-170-82.dsl.stlsmo.swbell.net) – 09.09.07 02:27:24
About a week or two ago we had lots of mushrooms growing outside our garage where the lawn tractor jumped the hose and ran for who knows how long. Anyway, they started looking like golf balls, then grew and grew into what looked like butts (basketball size) I took a picture of them because they were so funny. Anyway, went into the master bathroom tonight and freaked out! This morning I saw what looked like a Qtip sticking out of the wall between shower and vanity. I thought my husband was repairing a small hole that had been there for a while. Anyway, tonight it's grown and I now recognize it as a mushroom. Gross!!!! I hope by morning I don't have a big ol butt sticking out of my wall mooning me when I walk in!
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Big Butts (adsl-69-153-170-82.dsl.stlsmo.swbell.net) – 09.09.07 11:53:11
About a week or two ago we had lots of mushrooms growing outside our garage where the lawn tractor jumped the hose and ran for who knows how long. Anyway, they started looking like golf balls, then grew and grew into what looked like butts (basketball size) I took a picture of them because they were so funny. Anyway, went into the master bathroom tonight and freaked out! This morning I saw what looked like a Qtip sticking out of the wall between shower and vanity. I thought my husband was repairing a small hole that had been there for a while. Anyway, tonight it's grown and I now recognize it as a mushroom. Gross!!!! I hope by morning I don't have a big ol butt sticking out of my wall mooning me when I walk in!
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Anonymous (cpe-24-29-159-169.nyc.res.rr.com) – 09.10.07 07:12:59
ive seen this thing grow behind my toilety, too. son weird but amazing at the same time..
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shanda shan_castle_73@hotmail.com (blk-137-71-104.eastlink.ca) – 09.11.07 21:09:08
Wow there are a lot of nasty mushroom and mold problems out there!!
I as well noticed a mushroom growing out of my bathroom floor, and when i went to clean it up, there was a lot of orange powder(spores). I just moved in 2 months ago(apt) and my son has a rash over his body. I thought it was a reaction to his 18 month immunization, it looked like chickenpox, does anyone think it could be from the mushroom or mold problem? If so, would i be able to proove it? Let me know eh?
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willie_mushroom_eater (static-72-91-20-210.tampfl.dsl-w.verizon.net) – 09.16.07 15:13:16
yep, just scooped out a big 'ol shroom that was growing up and out of the shower drain... the stalk was attached to the PVC riser embedded in the concrete of the stall.. i can deal with a shroom once in the while in the drain, but NOT growing anywhere else... btw, our house was built in 2001 and is all 12" tile (no carpeting), so the appearance of this random fungus is making me apprehensive...
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JOSY (user-544179c6.l6.c5.dsl.pol.co.uk) – 09.17.07 11:55:00
HELLO EVERYONE,

I LET A ROOM IN THE UK SINCE I STUDY THERE. AND YES WE GOT MUSHROOMS AS WELL.

!!!!!!!! DOES ANYONE HAVE A SOLUTION THAT WORKS !!!!!!!!!!!!

LET ME KNOW, I'M CONCERNED ABOUT MY HEALTH AND THINK THE MUSHROOMS ARE REVOLTING.
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Anonymous (cpe-24-93-166-83.neo.res.rr.com) – 10.11.07 00:50:03
does anyone really know wtf to do?
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Anonymous (cpe-76-178-80-169.natsow.res.rr.com) – 10.19.07 22:23:28
Try some Orange TKO from the Long Life Unlimited WEB site.
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Anonymous (cpe-76-178-80-169.natsow.res.rr.com) – 10.19.07 23:40:48
For those of you wondering if your health problems are related to fungus and mold: I googled "Larry Foster Mold". Found "Bill Bright video Larry Foster mold video. WEB site is called www.aenvirocure.com.
There you will find an article that lays it on the line.
Also check out knowthecause.com.
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RadAcoustics (202-74-212-232.ue.woosh.co.nz) – 10.20.07 09:25:03
This Thread is pure GOLD Tom7... the Q3 thread pales in comparison, the shere bloody volume of it is staggering.

And the coments... the human tragedy... the despair... the joy even!

All over a photo of fungus in your shower.

GOLD!!!!
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from philippines (203.87.190.78) – 10.20.07 19:17:15
i had problem of mushrooms in the bathroom , this first time it happen i am from the philippines, i tried removing it but after a week it came back , so what i did is i scraped it again (so smelly and yucky you would really puke)then put hydrogen peroxide(aqua oxinada) the spot where i scraped the mushrooms, it was bubly when i first apply the hydrogen peroxide, i splash it over and over again with hydrogen peroxide until theres no bubbles anymore then, i put iodized salt then after that i put cement again on top of it, very thick one, well so far it has not come back.you might one to try it.
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Anonymous (cpe-76-178-80-169.natsow.res.rr.com) – 10.22.07 22:29:43
The online September 2007 issue of The Lakeshore Guardian, lakeshoreguardian.com (Know the Cause) references Larry Foster and the book he wrote about mold. Dr. Jenine (Our Magnificent Body's) talks about one of the most potent anti-fungals on the market. The Doctor's Corner is interesting too.
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Anonymous (cpe-76-178-80-169.natsow.res.rr.com) – 10.23.07 00:46:16
Do you know a child with autism? Would you like to hear one man's opinion of what may be the cause? Could it be mold? Google search Larry Foster Radio. Find HealthRadio.net. Listen to Health Proof Your Home recorded on 7/30/2007. It is a two part program, Larry Foster is interviewed in the second half of the show.
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Julieann yes im a girl (58.126.165.72) – 10.23.07 07:17:06
wow i had that happen before it was cool
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Renter Bloke (203.36.120.6) – 10.26.07 07:04:27
Found little mushrooms like y'all in the shower. Looked like little soft fleshy bits of pasta. One was bigger than a 2 litre milk bottle lid!


They grow quick too. Sometimes i go away for the weekend and they're there. Ive only been here for a few weeks and find myself really tired all the time. The smelly bathroom tells me something is not quite right. I hate the smell and am worried about my health too. Has anyone used anything yet and it REALLY worked?

1) TKO
2) Salt (iodised)
3) Hydrogen Peroxide
4) Bleach (i dont think this REALLY works. Just adds to the problem / it may be a temporary solution)


Any suggestions or SUCCESSFUL remedies?
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Renter Bloke (203.36.120.6) – 10.26.07 07:07:12
Thanks Tom7 - your a champ for starting this thread. Seems like LOTS of people have the problem.

Be nice if there was:


1) info about health concerns

2) someway to fix it.

(i realise that ultimately, its caused from moisture - but what can we do?)
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Anonymous (cpe-76-178-80-169.natsow.res.rr.com) – 10.26.07 10:44:08
Google "Larry Foster mold". There, you will find tons of information from "Bill Bright video Larry Foster video" to his interview with Michael Dresser at healthradio.net. Larry Foster has been in the remediation business since the 1970's.
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 10.26.07 13:17:47
Tom 7 Radar officially cautions readers against getting health advice from internet publishers and especially against giving them money. Ask your trained and educated doctor.
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Anonymous (198.77.229.91) – 11.06.07 13:59:32
I too, had my daughter come to me and say there was a mushroom in the bathroom. We just moved into this rental home one month ago.

I hear somewhere that Lysol helped. Not bleach. Someone took a lighter & Lysol to one and it never grew back. Most likely, they said, it was the Lysol's antifungal properties and not the flame that took it out.

GROSS STILL - I have a kid with some behavioral/developmental delay issues - he'd be just the one to go in there and see one growing... AND EAT IT!
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So Cal (adsl-69-234-204-248.dsl.irvnca.pacbell.net) – 11.07.07 19:47:43
Wow, so many mushroom problems! I thought I had mold and looked closer and it's little, slimey mushrooms growing out of the shower wall. A few weeks ago I noticed that the wall outside the shower was dropping a white powder (looks like flour) along the floorboard. Inside th shower was clean. I know we need to redo the bathroom, but mushrooms! Yuck! I'm going to try all the remedies and try to dry out the shower stall. I'm in So. Cal. and we till have the window open, not cold enough yet.

I'm so glad that I googled "Bathroom Mushroom". I wonder if I should save a sample of the mushroom. I think I'll take pictures instead.
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Anonymous (blk-215-84-77.eastlink.ca) – 11.30.07 21:18:40
Wow! What a relief to find others with the same problem! I am not as paniced as I was 10 mins ago!

I have the mushroom type aswell and thought that our 7 year old was stuffing pasta shells in the shower drywall.

I will call my landloard tomorrow too but I am also worried for being blamed for all this! I also have astham and currently a cold that is making my chest hurt and now I found this disgusting mushroom (EW!) and I really hope it's not all related!
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Anonymous (169.203.102.16) – 12.11.07 16:01:40
I think mushrooms are cute I know a way to get ride of them you put salt on them aaaaaaaand you put bleach on them :D A. muscavitch
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Anonymous (d193-27-236.home3.cgocable.net) – 01.02.08 01:53:43
heyy, i am actually looking at these comments because i believe im having this same mushroom-bathroom situation.. uhmm.. it grows pretty quick! like wow, like it went maybe 5 inches in one day.. there was a really big one, then a small one, then i looked in my cupboard under the sink and theyre everywhere? does anyone know if they are deadly?? because we all know mold can kill us easily.. are these worse because they have to be growing around a source of dampness.
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Anonymous (198.77.229.91) – 01.04.08 09:06:48
Okay, this is the second one. Yes, I'm the one that posted on 11-06-07. My daughter came again and said there's another mushroom in the bathroom. This ting grew quicker than gremlins!

I took pictures this time and emailed them to the landlord. It starts off as a little white bud and sprouts into a long, thin mushroom, then the top of it opens, turns black and then it starts to shrivel up.

What in the world?

When I find out how to post a pic, I'll let you all see them.
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Anonymous (79-77-255-202.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com) – 01.04.08 18:19:31
Another 'Bathroom Mushroom' google victory for the site.
I found a mushroom/fungus thing behind my toilet and I actually consider it a hidden blessing. Sure the thing is nasty but it lead me straight to a leaking inlet pipe for the toilet. God knows how long it had been leaking for. Plumber came out and replaced the pipe. It's all dry now and no more mushrooms.
Thankfully our bathroom is well ventilated as we have a skylight that is nearly always open apart from when it's freezing.
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Anonymous (ip72-199-17-105.sd.sd.cox.net) – 01.13.08 04:32:18
I've read about 75% of these postings and pretty much have to say the same things:
1. Just found one 10 minutes ago.
2. Wife and I are freaked out.
3. Have young kid who uses that shower also.
4. Worried about health risks and repairs $$$$$.
5. I can't believe this is the first time I'm ever hearing or seeing this!

Whomever put this page together... Thanks.
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Anonymous (193.123.249.82) – 01.16.08 05:43:14
Peziza vesiculosa - the pasta pig ear waxy one is what I've found in my bathroom - I'm off home tonight to pull up the carpet and shake a tonne of salt about the place with the windows open and a full radiation suit on. Seriously though, it doesn't say they are harmless, but they are defnitely not edible!! ewww...

Can't believe that there are so many peole on here (but at least I don't feel so icky anymore) I'm more concerned that the "juice" they're growing from is probably my loo!
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Anonymous (wnpgmb0910w-ad02-219-237.dynamic.mts.net) – 01.17.08 00:20:38
I opened my closet this past weekend only to find what I thought to be a pasta noodle, so I picked it up and threw it out, in the back of my mind wondering how in god's name it got there! I checked my closet again today (wednesday) and noticed several more "noodels".. which I later reazlied were mushrooms. There is a gigantic one (about 4 inches in diameter) and several other smaller ones around it. I'm just wondering if these "noodle" mushrooms are dangerous to my health?
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Yo (71.239.17.214) – 01.28.08 12:49:58
I have the same problem too and now I'm really worried about the health problems. Is anybody here suffering from any health problems causes by these mushrooms?
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Anonymous (cpe-76-170-196-188.socal.res.rr.com) – 01.29.08 00:16:59
I am shocked to read about other people discovering the same problem. I recently found a mushroom growing from my shower tile. I was shocked and surprised to find it. I am paranoid and wonder what health problems this can trigger. I live in a 5 bedroom house, and my room is the only room that seems to harbor this problem. My bathroom is connected to my bedroom. The other rooms and bathrooms do not seem to have this problem. Can anyone please advise me on what to do? I don't want to get sick from this, and any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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shroomie (nw-esr1-74-215-99-6.fuse.net) – 02.04.08 23:28:51
This is a real trip - reading these posts. Who knew this phenomenon could actually happen indoors?

So I noticed some damp carpet (wall-to-wall) near my living room radiator in my apartment.

This spot was also the same area where I was keeping my stereo and speakers.

I decided wet floor + electronics = bad idea, so I moved my stereo and speakers... and found a veritable forest (several stalks) of mushrooms behind one of the speakers.

These mushrooms were the variety featuring a long stalk and long, conic cap. There appeared to be a bit of powder on the outside of the cap.

I am about two seconds away from approaching those shrooms with a paper towel in my left hand and a handkerchief covering my nose with my right hand.

I'm guessing the leaky radiator and dim conditions are responsible for sprouting these little suckers... Do you think I still have a problem if I spot treat the location and let the carpet dry out (assuming I fix this leaky radiator)??

I feel like Alice in Wonderland...
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Anonymous (no.3001inc.com) – 02.12.08 15:13:23
Yeah,

I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one. The house I rent is over 100yrs old and I'm not sure when the bathroom was added, but it was a while ago. I recently went away for several days and when I came home I really did have a forest of mushrooms growing under the claw foot tub and along the wall. Now this is the second time I've found these things growing in about a 2 month period. The first time I scrapped them up and used bleach. But to no avail, they came back, bigger and badder. I re-scraped them up and used vinegar and soap. Don't know if it will work, but I hope so. I am going to also try the peroxide and salt and hopefully with their powers combined, the floor won't have to be totally replaced until I move out.
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Anonymous (adsl-074-181-040-017.sip.hsv.bellsouth.net) – 02.23.08 22:26:19
I thought that I was the only one with this problem. About two months after we moved in a sewage pipe busted under the house. Shortly after white fungus started grouwing out of the carpet. Sprayed it with Tilex mildew killer. Every since then it has been a problem all in the room and bathroom. It has a very nasty smell. It looks a lot like the one that is pictured above. Every since we moved in two years ago my children and I have been plaqued with respiratory problems. Nothing seems to work on it. We are fixing to move but I am concerened about having long term effects from this.
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Anonymous (cpe-76-178-60-185.natsow.res.rr.com) – 02.27.08 13:22:34
Doug Kaufmann has written several books about fungus, which mushrooms are. His research spans 35 years or so. That, in my book, makes him an expert on the subject. His WEB sight is knowthecause.com. If you have dial up internet service, his site is likely to freeze your computer. If not, check out the show (video) with Barb and Frank Long. They sell Orange TKO at their WEB site, Long Life Unlimited.
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Anonymous (cpe-66-27-176-123.dc.res.rr.com) – 03.04.08 12:22:08
C:\Documents and Settings\All About Me\My Documents\My Pictures\house\house 001.jpg
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sharlimushroom (dsl-189-155-99-59.prod-infinitum.com.mx) – 03.28.08 22:32:25
hOngO4e!
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AnonEmush (c-68-81-209-1.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 04.06.08 20:37:01
Yeah theres mushrooms in this basement I just moved into which have gone unattended by the homeowners for quite some time. They stayed hidden behind a couch until I started noticing a musty smell and white spores everywhere. A couple of them are about a foot and a half tall and about 8 inches wide, about the size of a baby. Pale yellow slimy feeling and they give off a spore like white powder that has covered everything around them in a 5 foot radius. There's a leak in this basement due to a clogged up French drain and this floor is a false floor meaning its hollow. Made of cement ,as the floor in most basements are, then 2x4's, then plywood and finally a top layer of linoleum. I'm guessing we are gonna have to first destroy all the visual fungus and mold. Install a couple dehumidifiers. Get the French drain fixed, then remove the entire floor until its just bare cement, clean and disinfect the whole area with some sort of super toxic anti-fungal spray. Then use that sealer paint and make sure all the leaks are taking care of. Then add a new inorganic floor, tile or linoleum I'm guessing ,this time right on top of the cement. and i guess to be safe check the area forever for future growth and continue to use a dehumidifier. Was it worth having a false floor put into this newly finished basement, just so there feet wouldn't be cold when they hung out down here, no. One of their dogs has contracted a pretty serious cough and I am also feeling a little something myself. If you guys ever see anything that may be mold or a fungus I would suggest taking care of it in every way you can or just calling in a professional. It may seem costly at the time but if you let it go it will just end up costing a lot more and who knows, someone could get seriously hurt.------BY THE WAY pouring bleach, hydrogen peroxide, salt and TKO down a tiny window into a world of a bigger problem which is undoubtedly growing inside your home is NOT going to fix the problem altogether. You are just delaying the inevitable. As long as there is something to feed on (wood mostly) and occasional moisture these spores are going to survive to grow again, not to mention TRAVEL TO OTHER PARTS OF YOUR HOME. Don't be a dummie. And remember, do not eat or smoke the mushrooms... sell them to your friends to eat and smoke em.
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House Mushrooms, a Global Phenomenon ... (219.142.228.200) – 04.09.08 10:30:43
I'm currently living overseas in China. My girlfriend just pointed out to me that we had something poking out of the drywall above the baseboard in the hallway of our apartment. When I say poking out I mean that the mushroom actually pushed itself through the drywall and broke-out so to speak. There are drywall "crumbs" all over the place. At first I thought they were insect larvae or something because I couldnt see the stems. Sprayed some bleach on them but...

I really don't want to deal with it, so maybe we should just move or something and let the landlord figure it out on his own haha.

Just watched the movie "Shrooms" this week too (horrible movie btw if any of you end up checking it out).

But seems to me like if you have mushrooms growing anywhere in your house you probably have a mold network connected to it under your floor, behind your wall, in your ceiling, etc. and should probably get it checked out, and while bleach, salt, TKO, etc. may treat the symptoms there's obviously a bigger problem that needs to be looked at/solved.

Much love to the mushroom community here and good luck with your individual 'shroom issues!
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Anonymous (pool-71-164-66-121.albyny.east.verizon.net) – 04.13.08 23:37:30
hi, i have the same problem, thats how i ended up at this site searching for an answer, i've never seen or heard of any such thing in my entire life and neither has anyone else and now all of a sudden they are popping up every where, I hope this is not some crazy or alien like something thats going to become an epidemic or take over the world kind of thing, think about it and if it does happen, remember what i said, no matter how many times you try to get rid of it, it keeps coming back and it moves too, one of mine ended up in the middle of my floor and i don't know how it got there and it does populate into so many, very rapidly and quickly, they are very discusting, i hope we can find a way to get rid of them before they take over or turn into something worse, its scary!!!
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Anonymous (pool-71-164-66-121.albyny.east.verizon.net) – 04.13.08 23:49:26
at first I thought they were some kind of worm because they move, they don't stay in one place and when you first find them, you only find one and you think its a noodle or something and you wonder how it got there and then after few days pass you start finding more and more and when you see them they just give you a sick like somethings wrong bad feeling inside
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Anonymous (ool-435770da.dyn.optonline.net) – 05.03.08 15:43:08
Glad to know that this situation is not only in my apartment. When my husband asked what was it, I was shocked to see a mushroom growing in my bathroom. I stated that this is not usual, mushroom growing in somone's home. But, as i can see it is happening to not only myself, but others also. Really which is better to use, salt, bleach or perioxide? I did pull up the critter but not with my hands I was sure if they are harmful or not. Are they harmful, it so what is the worst damage they can do to a human beings or animals?
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Chris (host81-155-122-159.range81-155.btcentralplus.com) – 05.12.08 04:39:32
I've just had a muchroom grow behind my toilet but its a triangular one, quite good but instead of chucking it, I'm growing it.

Why did the mushroom go to the party?

Because he was a fungi!

(Bad joke sorry about that lol)
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Fungifriend (65.2.201.13) – 05.31.08 11:42:35
OH, i had that happen in my old house, except they grew right out of the carpet. TONS of little dainty greyish mushrooms all along the wall. I adored them. They looked really cool when they grew big!
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Fungi friend (65.2.201.13) – 05.31.08 11:50:42
Dude, that comment about mushrooms that cause athsma and stuff, i dont beleive it one bit. In my old house, i had mushrooms growing out of the carpet and all,
i used to lie on my stomach and look at them, with my face two inches away from them. I am the healthiest one in my family, for crying out loud! its just some germaphobe being a germaphobe. nothing to worry about.
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Fungi friend (65.2.201.13) – 05.31.08 11:54:13
And if u have mushrooms growing in your house, it DOES NOT mean you are a slob. And they are not dangerous at all. LOVE YOUR FUNGI!!!
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Fungi friend (65.2.201.13) – 06.01.08 07:46:42
Just be careful if u have cats... The mushrooms can be dangerous to them, but i have 4 cats and have had no bad experiences
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Anonymous (va-67-233-120-208.dhcp.embarqhsd.net) – 06.06.08 23:24:49
im glad i found this page..that picture looks like what popped up in my bathroom today (except mine had stems) they werent there this morning....

i plucked it up and flushed it, and poured bleach in the space (between the floor and tub)

after reading here, i also poured salt along the edge of the bathtub beginning in the corner where the mushrooms grew.
im going to tear the tile out. its old anyway, and needs replacing. hopefully the mold problem isnt too bad.

thanks for posting. :)
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Fungi friend (adsl-2-201-13.mia.bellsouth.net) – 06.08.08 19:17:49
Why get rid of the shroomies? they give the house character and a certain charm!
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Anonymous (host86-166-232-177.range86-166.btcentralplus.com) – 06.15.08 09:41:13
I found one in bathroom next to shower growing through the carpet.
The house is a new build and couldnt believe it, now i have several all along the edge of the bath. did anyon find out if these were dangerous to health?
please email the answers to crippsy1701@hotmail.com

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Anonymous (ip70-189-5-162.lf.br.cox.net) – 06.17.08 00:17:19
in my bathroom i found a wierd fungus-looking thing growing near my toilet. it grew VERY rapidly, i dont know what it is, but i want to know..it's white and in a little bunch..the area around it is wet, and it moved the tile from it's place, only took 3 days to get about 2 inches tall..helppp
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Anonymous (c-71-205-67-40.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) – 06.29.08 17:03:16
We have little mushrooms growing on our basement floor. It got wet in there before we got a dehumidifier, and the moisture condensed on the pipes and then dripped down on a lot of stuff. The floor is just concrete, and there are no cracks. They just came from nowhere. They are like the rolled up pigskin type. Actually, I first thought that it was a wet rawhide bone (even though we don't have pets), then I thought that it looked like once-wet, now partially dried up lasagna noodles. Then I noticed the itty-bitty ones nearby that looked like little petals curled outward, like a calla lily. Really gross looking! Oh well....we threw some salt down as soon as I started reading this thread (over two years now, wow), and we'll use some bleach later, for good measure, and keep the dehumidifier running. Ick.
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I [3 MUSHROOMS, BUT NOT THE BATHROOM ... (c-76-16-147-16.hsd1.il.comcast.net) – 07.03.08 04:51:50
I, too, have just discovered the pasta shell variety of mushroom that emerged outside of the shower in a corner....weird that just yesterday the bathroom was cleaned and there was no sign of any type of mushroom....how could it grow that fast?! DOES ANYONE KNOW IF IT IS DANGEROUS OR A HEALTH HAZARD? BECAUSE EVEN IF I FIND A WAY TO KEEP IT FROM GROWING BACK, IS IT AN INDICATION OF A BIGGER PROBLEM I CAN'T SEE LURKING BENEATH THE TILE OR SOMETHNG?!?
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I collect Pez-iza mushrooms (c-71-199-114-212.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 07.03.08 15:31:24
wow. basement/bathroom mushroom finders unite. Tom 7 - you are the second thing to pop up on Google after searching for "basement mushroom"...and the comments turned out to be so helpful here. I now know I have Peziza mushrooms and a lot of cleaning/drying in my future.
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Battling the Mushrooms (c-68-47-184-116.hsd1.tn.comcast.net) – 07.11.08 17:34:03
i wish i had taken pictures before my wife jerked it out of the KITCHEN floor. our dishwasher has had a bit of a leak for a little while now and sure enough, we had two mushrooms pop up like the one pictured WAAAYYYYY above:D
i am one who has done construction in the past and am going to pull up my entire kitchen floor and relay from subfloor up. i will take pics along the way and attempt to post them here so that others can see what is growing underneath.....LOL
after reading all of the above though i am not quite sure as to which method to use to treat the wood that will be staying under the floors.
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Jonathan (ip67-154-64-242.z64-154-67.customer.algx.net) – 07.15.08 12:38:54
I just had this happen and i think the same thing i poured bleach on it lol good shit man
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Anonymous (cpe-24-90-185-233.nyc.res.rr.com) – 07.15.08 18:38:44
I almost had a heart attack when I went into a closet to put away a suitcase today and found a two-headed yellow balloon-like mushroom growing at the base of the closet wall. The closet is ajacent to the bathroom and after reading this link I am sure that the problem lies in the bathroom.. I nearly had a heart attack. I have been telling my husband for years now that my allergies and respiratory problems are caused by something in our apt. and now I think I've found the proof. I only wish I could post a picture on this site
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Anonymous (51.60.in-addr.arpa.tm.net.my) – 07.23.08 03:13:13
I too found a mushroom growing in my bathroom, next to the toilet bowl. I feel disgusted and can't sleep over it. My bf ask me to google and see if anyone is facing the same problem. Am so glad to see this forum. At least i'm not alone. And we been having a leaking toilet for weeks and waiting for the landlord to send a plumber to fix it. Already inform the landlord, so can't do much till the plumber comes.
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Anonymous (79-121-153-254.btlnet.managedbroadband.co.uk) – 07.23.08 03:23:55
I've had the mushrooms that look like pasta / pig skin for a couple of weeks now and they grow at such an alarming rate! Ripping up the floor tonight to see what's happening underneath. We know there's a leak as I saw some water this morning coming out from underneath the lino tiles...it's making me feel sick! We're going to use a dehumidifier to try and dry the room out but does anyone know what sort of tradesman we would need to get to come and completely kill them before we lay new floor? Looks like we might have to move in with the in laws while we kill them as it's our only bathroom.
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Anonymous (198.190.156.119) – 07.29.08 11:39:34
I have some nasty looking ones in my basement too. I bleached em last night! There discusting!
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Anonymous (198.30.33.2) – 07.31.08 12:50:10
My husband and I found a mushroom growing out of the window sill in our kitchen. We haven't had any water damage but there is the possibility that our roof is leaking. We've only had one mushroom. No more have grown yet. Does this mean we have mold? Has anyone had their floors/walls inspected?
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Anonymous (c-24-23-124-237.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 08.06.08 04:10:42
Okay, guys, I don't have this problem, but here are some facts:

To all the people who say mushrooms are harmless - You are wrong.

To all the people who say mushrooms are harmful - You are wrong.

You're also both right.

Some varieties of "bathroom mushroom" are completely harmless, a result of a spore being in the right wet place at the right dark time. Some are a result of a deeper problem. Some release deadly spores, some just kind of hang out.

But like Tom said, don't eat them. Unless your an expert on fungi, just pick 'em out with a paper towel and toss them. Then cover the area in salt, Lysol shower cleaner and - get this - antimicrobial Febreeze. It WILL kill the spores left over, and it will get rid of the mushroomy smell.

The surest sign you've got a deeper problem is if they come back after this treatment. That means that what you plucked was only a small part of a much bigger fungus, growing under or around the original mushroom. This is a problem that can be solved either with extreme dry and heat (if you think the area is small, take a blow drier to it), or with whatever the mushroom is growing on being completely removed. Mushrooms feed on the remains of dead plants and animals, and wood that is being used in a house is a dead tree, so it can pop up anywhere.

Finally. If you see the dreaded black mold, GET THE HELL OUT. Black mold CAN harm you. It is extremely toxic and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, , and it can also grow inside of your own lungs, since they too are wet, warm, and dark. It can even cause leprosy and pulmonary hemorrhaging. If you have a little spot, say growing on grout or something, you can clean it yourself while WEARING a mask. Douse the area with bleach - yes, bleach. Leave it sit for fifteen or more minutes. Now, here's the kicker. You have to clean it up. Go back in and scrub it with a sponge until the affected area is the colour it's supposed to be. But remember, mask and gloves. And if the affected area is large enough, you're going to have to have someone do this for you professionally.

This is what you get from watching the Discovery Health channel six hours a day.

Good luck with your fungi!
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mushroom lasgna...yum! (pool-71-184-197-233.bstnma.fios.verizon.net) – 09.20.08 13:57:05
look up peziza domiciliana,

it is the "lasgna noodle mushroom" i have one in my bathroom too!

looks like it would be something edible, but it's NOT so dont even try!
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Tom 7 (h-74-0-114-139.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 09.20.08 14:49:23
Yum, mushroom pizza!
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NC Gal (h203.10.21.98.dynamic.ip.windstream.net) – 09.22.08 12:14:47
My husband and I moved into a rental home with our 2 small children 1 year 1/2 ago and I immediately felt like the air was thick and musty in the house. I contributed that to the fact that the house is very old, yet it had been rented out previously so it was lived in. I began noticing a lot of moisture in the bathroom and that I had a harder time breathing in that room more so than the others. There were water rings around the baseboard of the bathroom. Then one day last year I noticed a small mushroom (not like the one in the picture) with a long white stem and small pinkish,tan little mushroom top on it. I thought it was interesting, but plucked it, cleaned the bathroom and moved on with my day. Last December I began developing breathing problems, wheezing, fatigue, etc. I noticed that the problem began after I tried cleaning what I thought was mold from the baseboard in the bathroom. In Feb of this year, I fell extremely ill and was diagnosed with pnemonia. I was on every antibiotic you could find and was on bedrest for 3 months. In June, I was diagnosed with asthma at 29 years old and was told by my doctor that the bathroom could have caused it. I went in the bathroom today and found another little mushroom growing from where the tub meets the wall. That is when I wanted to find out a little more and it led me to this site. We only have one bathroom and I realize that it will take extensive time for our landlord to fix this problem so I know that we will probably have to move. I wrote this for anyone who may not be taking the mold/mushroom thing seriously since I am currently suffering with a number of ailments at just 30 years old all steming (no pun intended) from the mold/mushroom in the bathroom.
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Anonymous (jcsn-dial-043-l.telapex.com) – 09.27.08 21:58:53
WOW! I can hardly believe what I am reading tonight on this site!! I also have found a hugh brown, pigskin-like mushroom a few minutes ago in my bathroom! It was growing on a piece of moulding near the bathtub. I immediately went to the web to find out if anyone in the world had come across the same thing as I had experienced. The mushroom(s) was gross!! I asked my husband to get rid of it. He did, now I had hoped that would take care of the matter, but apparently it won't after reading these messages! I am concerned about health problems, spores,etc. I have breathing problems sometime and am really concerned. Our grandson lives with us and is taking antibiotics for conjestion and has sinus problems.
I wish someone knew what type of mushroom it was and something about that kind as I described.
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Arizona grossed out Mom (99-204-254-4.area1.spcsdns.net) – 10.08.08 06:05:53
I am so happy that I found this site.
Last week we discovered that our water heater was leaking from the garage and somehow the water damage was coming up from the floor of my daughters bedroom next to the garage and the hallway. We are still waiting for the landlord to get back with us. Tonight I almost puked when I walked down the hallway and noticed that a mushroom had grown up in the corner of the hallway next to my daughter bedroom where it is wet. That mushroom just popped up within hours, it was not there earlier in the day. I told my husband that the Landlord better get their butts out here and fast and get this fixed. My house smells like death from the mildew smell and I have had to move my kids from their rooms and they are sleeping in the living room because I am terrified of the amount of mold that has probably grown since last week under their carpet. I'm so disgusted, my skin is crawling.
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Massachusetts Mushrooms (pool-71-184-212-131.bstnma.fios.verizon.net) – 10.18.08 20:13:38
I have this problem too, and I keep seeing "USE BLEACH" in these postings - DON'T USE BLEACH, bleach will clean the surface but it won't kill the spores, and that's why they grow back after you bleach them. VINEGAR will actually kill the spores, and I think hydrogen peroxide will work too, but vinegar is the best bet for a home remedy. If you have these things growing, then you probably have a big mold problem because the mushrooms don't show up until the mold has gotten pretty bad.

These CAN cause health problems if you breath in the spores. When the mushroom grows, the mold is at a stage where it wants to spread, and the purpose of the mushroom is to spread spores.

DOUSE IT WITH VINEGAR BEFORE YOU CLEAN IT UP OR DIG IT OUT - IF YOU DO IT DRY, THE SPORES WILL FLY INTO THE AIR.

THEN CLEAN IT REAL GOOD WITH SOME KIND OF CLEANER, NOT AMMONIA OR BLEACH MIXTURES THOUGH, JUST REGULAR MR CLEAN OR SOMETHING.

AFTER CLEANING - SPRAY VINEGAR WITH MAYBE 1/3 WATER DILLUTED, AND LET IT DRY/EVAPORATE. AND PROBABLY REPEAT THAT A COUPLE TIMES.

SPRAYING THE VINEGAR SOLUTION AROUND THE SHROOM AREA CAN HELP KEEP IT FROM SPREADING TOO BECAUSE VINEGAR IS A 'MOLD GROWTH INHIBITOR'. BLEACH CAN'T DO THAT.

OK, this is a temporary solution, I'd have the professionals come in if you have the money for it, because eventually your house could become unlivable.

P.S. - TRY NOT TO BREATH IT IN WHILE YOU CLEAN IT UP - YOU GOTTA COVER YOUR MOUTH WITH SOMETHING, AND IF YOU HAVE YOUNG KIDS GET THEM THE HELL OUT OF THERE - THEY COULD DIE FROM THE SPORES..

I'm no expert, just experienced this - pay an expert if you can, this can be dangerous - don't panic, but don't disregard the threat - GOOD LUCK.


DON'T USE BLEACH!
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Massachusetts Mushrooms (pool-71-184-212-131.bstnma.fios.verizon.net) – 10.18.08 20:18:33
P.S. - THAT'S WHITE BLEACH, NOT THE RED STUFF...
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Massachusetts Mushrooms (pool-71-184-212-131.bstnma.fios.verizon.net) – 10.18.08 20:19:07
OOPS, I MEAN WHITE VINEGAR NOOOT BLEEACH! lol sorry
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mfx2010 (cpe-72-184-1-175.tampabay.res.rr.com) – 11.04.08 11:48:35
I've had the exact same problem many of you have. I was so worried it was just me. I live in South Florida, I started a job a couple of months ago leasing condos and I was quickly yielded the opportunity to see mold for the first time and learn about things like "toxic mold." I also learned a lot of information the team responsible for destroying the mold. Then about a month ago I had the same thing in my bathroom at home. EEKK! It started with a dark discolouring on my bathroom wall, just outside of the tiled shower, I didn't immediately respond until a small mushroomhead grew from it. I thought I was going to vomit on myself. My house is only three years old, I couldn't imagine there was a leak in the walls so I imagined it was water splashing from the shower or heat and moisture so I made sure to run the fan and only entered the shower on the opposite side when the water wasn't running. And of course, killed the thing with bleach. It worked for about three weeks then literally four days ago it started to come back, yesterday morning three mushrooms emerged and last night they were about three times the size they were yesterday morning. I sprayed them with a bathroom cleaner that contains bleach, left the fan running and left the light on because I believe they flourish in darkness. This morning, they're dead and black and gross. I'm just going to call professionals in to take care of them. That's my suggestion to anyone who can afford it. Hire people to take care of it and usually there's some kind of warranty like if it comes back within a year or something they will come back at no charge or offer follow visits to control the problem.

Good Luck everyone, I know firsthand this is no exciting picnic.
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Anonymous (cpe-72-231-214-169.buffalo.res.rr.com) – 11.20.08 21:28:41
I just found one of these pasta shell like mushrooms growing next to the bathtub where the plaster had been peeling off. I am so grossed out! I just cleaned the bathroom this last Sunday! Anyway, I sprayed Lysol on it and then came to do some research online and stumbled upon this thread. I am asthmatic, so am especially worried about this. I just shot the landlord 2 emails and will also call him in the morning. I moved into this apartment just about 4 months ago : (
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Anonymous (firewall.cdcr.ca.gov) – 11.26.08 10:23:02
Like many of you, I am soooo glad I am not alone. My husband woke me up this morning and told me not shut the bathroom door because 2 mushrooms had grown in the wall overnight!

We live in a home that is about 65 years old, we rent, and had called the rental company about 3 times about a leak from our bathtub, whenever we would use the shower water would trickle behind the tub and come out a crack in the tiling in the wall/floor! disterbing in itself. add on NO ventilation at all and get moldy ceilings as well.

so I found it very scary that there could be some possibility that there is black mold or some hazardous mold/mushroom spores growing in my home!

I am going to try the vinager solution, and post back.
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Anonymous (adsl-76-235-88-51.dsl.covlil.sbcglobal.net) – 12.30.08 20:00:23
This is serious but hilarious. My daughter found a mushroom growing in our living room beside the fireplace growing in the seam between the brick and the carpet on the floor. She knocked it down and told me about it. Two days ago, I was cleaning and there was a new one and it is about 2 inches in width and length. It does have that pasta/seashell look as well. On the outside of our home, water settles when it rains and that is the area where the fireplace is located. Luckily for us, the landlord had not heard of this issue but she is freaked out and working on it. In the meantime, I will use the salt and order the TCK stuff. This group has been a big help. thanks!

Valerie from O'Fallon, IL
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Anonymous (203-96-72-226.cid.global-gateway.net.nz) – 01.28.09 21:55:25
Get on to it now!!!! My partner and I now have to re-do our whole bathroom because of mushrooms and hidden damage, we just finished gutting most of it and have found way way more damage than we originally saw and are probably looking at replacing not only all walls in the bathroom but also one or two in the next room.
You need to find out where the dampness is coming from that's helping them grow ( check all pipes and water cylinders) and fix that problem first or they will keep coming back, and yes it is a health risk! Both me and my partner were getting a lot of cheast infections last year before we found it, now that we have cleared most of it we are both healthy and coughs have gone
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"Organic Lasagna" in my bedroom! (c-24-21-226-225.hsd1.wa.comcast.net) – 02.12.09 22:21:14
Today when cleaning my bedroom I looked down by the sliding glass door and was perplexed to see what looked like lasagna noodles. I bent down to pick them up only to realize that they were growing out of the wall. I called my wife in to have a look and we took pictures. After googling "household mold" and not finding anything, in desperation I googled "lasagna mold" and up came Peziza domiciliana and this site. What's funny is to see how many others described it as pasta-like also.

I live in a large older apartment complex on the bottom floor (most of which is under ground level), in very rainy Portland, Oregon, so I suppose it's no surprise to see mold growing. Unfortunately there is also black mold growing beside it and in our bathrooms so the property management company will have to do something about it. We were debating whether to stay when our lease is up in two months but I think this fungal discovery will have us moving sooner than later, as we have a newborn.
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Anonymous (75-150-147-117-philadelphia.hfc.comcastbusiness.net) – 02.17.09 10:51:13
Welcome to my world just found these nasty things yesterday morning. They literally grew over night. There are so many people on here joking about it...Seriously mold is nothing to joke about. I just called my apt super and I am disgusted by the thought that my daughter is in my house right now. My boyfriend found them in the basement too.

Mushroom-like growth indicates that a wood-decay fungus of the group Basidiomycetes is present (probably in the walls). Exposures to a variety of species of Basidiomycetes can cause allergic responses and possibly asthma and sinusitis...

Not something to laugh about.... The use Bleach alone will not solve your mold problem. Walls where mold growth is occurring will have to be opened, infested materials removed and replaced, and water entry will have to be staunched.
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Jaime (isbifw1.humana.com) – 02.20.09 16:51:43
My sister and I have been renting a condo in Mesa AZ for about a year now. We have a fireplace in our living room, and the wall next to the fireplace, above the baseboard, is a tiny hole where we noticed mushrooms are growing from. There doesn't appear to be any water on the outside of the wall, but I didnt know what's going on behind it. As we do not own the condo, and I didn't want to do any damage to the wall to check behind it myself, I submitted a maintenance request to the office we pay rent to have them send someone to check it out. So after my sister and I have been following up with their office for 2 weeks and have been getting the run a round, and attitude from them, I decided to call a local news station. Now, I am not a specialist, but I would think that mushrooms, or any kind of fungus or mold, is not safe to be around, so I question their long process in getting this resolved.
Landlord finally called back, sent a plumber, who found out that my dishwasher (which is on the other side of the mushroom growing wall) was leaking, and the mushrooms/mold spread from underneath the washer to the other side of the wall. Landlord will be replacing the dishwasher, but what about the mold behind it? They said they would have to get back to me on that... Well, the news station will be sending me a specialist to see how dangerous my mushrooms are and maybe then the landlord will do something about it. Wish me luck!!
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Anonymous (87-194-134-12.bethere.co.uk) – 02.22.09 06:45:42
Some of the fungi mentioned on this page sound like they could be the fruiting bodies of dry rot, which is a serious problem which can spread throughout your house and cause masses of damage to the structure of the building.

Therefore, if you are having problems with mushrooms, I recommend googling for dry rot images & checking whether your fungus looks like any of these images. If it is, you need to dig out all of the wood that the fungus is growing into (and ideally up to 1 meter beyond where the fungus is growing) and treat the surrounding area with a boron based liquid or similar. A lot of websites about dry rot say that you need to call in a professional company, but if the problem is in the early stages this may not be necessary. I had a problem with dry rot under my sink following a leak (it needs wet not dry conditions!) and after fixing the leak & using the treatment above it seems to have died off.

If you own your house & you have dry rot it is particularly important to deal with it ASAP as if it spreads it could cost an absolute fortune to fix. Without wishing to scare anyone, it is sometimes refered to as cancer of the house because once it spreads it will keep coming back, even after treatment.

If you are a tenant, i guess it is not so important to deal with (I don't this there are very big health issues of living with it) but your landlord will probablly want to know and treat it before it spreads. Also, if it spreads into your floor, in theory it could get so bad your floor would fall in, although you would know that this was coming cos your floor would get a "bouncy" feeling to it first!

The good news is that not all the shrooms on here sound like dry rot! Good luck with treating them all!
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Anonymous (cpe0010dc69707e-cm0013718cc01c.cpe.net.cable.rogers.com) – 02.23.09 14:21:16
Oh lord I just found one growing out of the carpet next to my bed this morning! With all the snow melting I discovered a leak in the bedroom. Frikken nasty!
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browniechef (76-247-186-129.lightspeed.sjcpca.sbcglobal.net) – 02.23.09 23:34:24
My problem has been recurring for over a year: waxy orange mushrooms about 4-5" across come growing up out of my carpet in my bedroom. I dug them out of the carpet, lifted the carpet up and treated the concrete underneath with bleach. Bleach is good for getting rid of black mold, but this fungus is a different animal! I have the mushroom: Peziza Domiciliana.... it is common to basements, moist carpets, bathrooms, etc (that's why they named it 'domiciliana' for house) and keeps growing back because it has white tendrils (the main body of the fungus) that grow underneath and can GROW IN CONCRETE, Sand, Wood, any floor material! I will try SALT, my landlord is not just clueless but doesn't want to spend a cent on repair.
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Anonymous (24-180-8-238.dhcp.gvrb.ca.charter.com) – 04.03.09 17:53:19
I guess I can now join the group of people who have clean bathrooms with mushrooms! Mine is different from the one in the picture, is is fuzzy taupy-grey with two ruffly lobes. The first one got really big because I didn't see it growing until it burst through the seal at the base of the shower stall. When I yanked it out it smelled like the typical eating mushrooms. I bleached it out, and then last week another started to come out of the wall, burst right through the paint!! This is the wall by the shower, and I live coastally, so that is probably the issue. I rent, so I called the landlord, who sent someone out. They want to replace the back wall of the bathroom. Seems a shame to risk my rent going up for two mushrooms. I removed the smaller one and used a bleach "pen" which has gel bleach. The plug has shrunk a bit, but I am worried the shroom might come back. Yuk!!
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Anonymous (cpc3-warw6-0-0-cust432.sol2.cable.ntl.com) – 04.10.09 04:10:13
mushroom madness,

in my work i found mushrooms growing in the toilet but there not like the picture above but i found what my mushrooms may be and thats magic mushrooms but they ussaly grow in uk were anmails are keeprd or boggy feilds maybe were cows horses are or up in the mountains were its pritty wet ussaly boggy areas so dont no if tht may help but try and type in google (mushrooms growing toilet ) see what that brings up just a thought.



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College Student (199.20.23.3) – 04.22.09 02:02:32
I am a college student at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. I dropped something in the bathroom and when I went down to pick it up--- Oh, suprise! There were mushrooms growing from the edge of the toilet. There are yellow and "pig-skin" like. Does anyone know what KIND of mushrooms they are? Should we tell someone or just let them grow?
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Anonymous (h147.155.21.98.dynamic.ip.windstream.net) – 05.15.09 05:00:43
This is just wierd a mushroom grew straight out the carpet by the shower to be honest i think theres something in the water

Don't drink from the TAP
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Anonymous (d75-152-205-249.abhsia.telus.net) – 05.29.09 00:33:13
I FOUND A 2 SMALL MUSHROOMS IN MY BATHROOM BESIDE THE SHOWER AND ALMOST THREW UP. They grew literally overnight as I had taken a shower the night before and I always inspect the corner where they grew for spiders. This morning when I looked I did not expect to see 2 fucking mushrooms. SICK


ps; the corner they grew in is a spot where water leaks out of the shower... i think we should all invest in sliding shower doors rather than dirty shower curtains to avoid water spilling out onto the floor!! ew
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Wife and Mother (mn-74-5-83-13.dhcp.embarqhsd.net) – 06.03.09 14:21:36
Yesterday night I was over by the sink and to my correction there was no MUSHROOM GROWING!!
Just this morning around 11am I saw three mushroom! Three tall mushroom! Just now at 1pm I saw another smaller one growing behind the three tall ones.
I want to know how it can affect our health..By air, hands on, or anything that is near it? Because I have a dish rack by it.
Not only that but I have a almost 2 year old daughter who loves climbing on her little green chair to grab her dishes.
Any Suggestions???
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Anonymous (ev1-dsl-74-215-6-78.fuse.net) – 06.04.09 19:01:09
So I just found 3 small brownish mushrooms growing in the bathroom.

Ive been glued to this site ever since! They are in the crack of the

floor and tile. The shower drips on the floor so thats the obvious

reason. Like everyone else Im wondering if they are harmful? Has

anyone gotten that far? And I'm a little scared to touch them to even

see if powder falls off. Thats just gross!!! I'm freakin out! Heeeellllppp! I

wana know what I might be breathing in before I get this goin!
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Anonymous (147.80.158.248) – 06.15.09 18:02:46
I had no idea it was this serious. I moved into an older apartment complex with apparently BAD plumbing problems. I never have seen a mushroom growing in the bathroom in my life. The thought at first was hilarious, I thought maybe I could sell them, but for the past few months I've grown tired of using a lighter and a can of Aqua Net to get rid of these mushrooms. I'm moving out!
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we have a new tenant: the mushroom! (ool-43558ac1.dyn.optonline.net) – 06.18.09 00:04:53
Wow, so I found a mushroom growing in my bathroom coming out of the wall next to the shower. It definitly was not there yesterday! This is my 3rd month living in this apartment and when I saw the mushroom earlier today I slammed the door and ran because I could not believe what I was seeing. When I called the landlord (who is the cheapest guy ever) he tried to tell me that it was probably the plaster "bubbling". I assured him that it was not plaster bubbles and that it was a stem with a mushroom cap!! He said that he would come by tomorrow and take a look at it because we left it in there so that he could see it. My roomate does not even want him to take care of it because knowing him he will just yank it out and go home. So who are we suposed to call regarding bathroom mushroom growth?! Apparently there has been complaints that our shower is leaking downstairs so obviously this is related, but I know that our landlord will take the cheapest route possible to "deal" with it. What should we do???
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Anonymous (adsl-70-232-68-200.dsl.ltrkar.sbcglobal.net) – 06.27.09 22:39:55
If you own the house that has the mushrooms growing between the toilet and the floor/tile and you have a crawl space under your house you can also sprinkle pelletized lime. check the bisqueen (plastic wrap) that is usually placed on the ground for any tears. with a flashlight try to locate to source of the moisture and sprinkle the lime there as well.
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Anonymous (ool-457d9e3d.dyn.optonline.net) – 06.30.09 23:32:17
Here comes another one joining the crowd! My daughter came screaming from the bathroom that there's some kind of animal in our bathroom that looks like a mushroom! I ran upstairs and it really was a mushroom! My husband took a picture and pulled it out (didn't know that we were supposed to pour white vinegar on it first). I'm kinda worried now because I have several leaks in the house: kitchen sink, 2 bathrooms so I think this could now be growing throughout the house. Who do you call? A plumber or a cleaning company? Does homeowners insurance cover these major costs? How do you know whether its a mold issue?
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Anonymous (pool-71-114-69-160.washdc.dsl-w.verizon.net) – 07.02.09 09:15:47
Hello -- so glad to know that we aren't the only ones with this -- found a mushroom w/black spore dust on our bathroom wall beside the glass enclosed shower. It grew overnight. I check everyday to see if there are more -- last night found some reddish-spongy stuff that may have been the beginning of another mushroom. This is gross. Going to call a mold expert to see what needs to be done. Pbviously some kind of water in the wall/floor
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Anonymous (ppp-70-243-165-239.dsl.snantx.swbell.net) – 07.09.09 06:27:05
I THINK IT IS A WORK OF ART, AND YOU SHOULD TAKE A PHOTO OF IT AND FRAME THEM AND SELL THEM. IT LOOKS LIKE A FLOWER FROM OUTER SPACE. BEAUTIFUL. SCH
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Anonymous (pool-71-114-69-160.washdc.dsl-w.verizon.net) – 07.13.09 20:18:16
After finding our mushroom, I called the insurance agency -- mold is NOT covered by homeowner's insurance. We had a mold specialist come out and do air samples to see if our mold was toxic. He also brought a cool infared scanner with him and went over the whole house. This showed where the moisture was coming from so we knew how big a problem we had. Found out the in our case there was a leak in the shower caulk that ran down the outside of the shower into a crack in the caulk on the floor. We were lucky and caught ours early. never thought I'd say this, but thank God for mushrooms.
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Super Mario the Mushroom puncher (c-67-175-142-237.hsd1.il.comcast.net) – 07.22.09 01:16:09
My basement was flooded after a flash rain storm a few weeks ago and it took almost 3 weeks to dry a carpeted room, Even after I used a wet dry vac. About a week after it was "dry" I noticed the black colored mold on the walls near the floor, and on paper material's that got wet. a few days later along the edges of the wall on the floor I saw that a line of these pig ear mushrooms had cropped up. If you think they look nasty coming out of a bathroom tile try seeing them come out of a carpet..its just not right. Anyway I sprayed them(and the black colored mildew/mold?) with clorox and they stopped growing and turned brown so I assume they died. I sucked them into the wet dry vac and they haven't returned..not in that spot. about a week later I saw they had cropped up in a different spot! again in a straight row of clusters this time along the bottom edge of a trunk on the floor. I killled with the same process. this week I discovered them along another wall and behind a floor model tv, I sprayed everything and I'm doing a full clean up tommorrow.( I didn't know you had to remove the black stiff immediately after bleaching, does it revive if you don't?) I think I'll try the white vinegar trreatment or go ahead and pull up the carpet, I'm sure its the carpet as the floor is tile with cement underneath. The walls may need to be checked and replaced as they are drywalled in that room. I really hope this is just harmless ecology. Prevention for me will mean finding that leak in my foundation, and getting a dehumidifier..also I know that there are plug ins that prevent mold spores which are airborn (I think in trace amounts they are a common occurrence in all older basements) from taking root.
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Anonymous (199.172.169.35) – 07.28.09 15:53:02
That looks like a shelf-mushroom. in all seriousness, I've been told no shelf mushrooms are poisonous.
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tony (host-64-253-212-221.dtccom.net) – 08.26.09 02:37:30
if some one knows any thing about this mushroom pleas say how to get rid of it I have it in the same place as the picture HELP they are going to take over the bathrooms then we won't have any place to go/clean up.
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tony in TN. (host-64-253-212-221.dtccom.net) – 08.26.09 02:58:24
ps i'm in tn
and please not pleas
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Anonymous (nc-71-55-94-69.dhcp.embarqhsd.net) – 09.04.09 00:42:42
I really concerned for my children due having these same kind of mushrooms like in the picture in my bathroom. Even worst that that my son has had a transplant and he can't even be around a nursery so I am really concerned about these mushrooms... Some please help .. I am going to try the salt
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sandy (pool-71-127-111-6.aubnin.fios.verizon.net) – 09.18.09 15:01:26
A month ago we noticed our wall in the bathroom was wet we fixed the leak which was caused by the new siding and hung up new drywall and painted. Last night we noticed about 3 dozen mushrooms pop out from the wall. I hate to see what it looks like behind. This morning I went in there to spray with bleach and it had doubled and some kind of black stuff was spreading across the floor. Grossed me out. I sprayed them and they instantly died and the black stuff disappreared. My husband is going to tear that wall out again and see if he can kill all the fungus. He is worried with the dryer in there we may never be able to get rid of them because of the moisture. Does anyone have any ideas.
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Foxy (202.81.30.16) – 09.22.09 06:35:05
Oh my gosh... i thought my situation is unique..but am relieved that there are people out there who can give advice about mushroom infestations.

Unlike most of you though, my mushrooms are growing invertedly on my ceiling. Due to the strong rains (and probably poor maintenance of the previous tenant), my ceiling has been leaking for 2 months or so. The leak isn't that bad, as it's not flooding my floor. But me and my husband were laughing hysterically at the mushrooms growing on our ceiling. It was a 3-tiered mushroom, wide brown umbrella-top and really white stalk.

I want to know what species of mushroom it can be and if it can cause health problems for me and my husband.... and how do you get rid of these things ?
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Buffalo, NY (cpe-76-180-62-151.buffalo.res.rr.com) – 09.26.09 20:59:05
WOW>>> you have got to be kidding me... i also have mushrooms growing by the side of my bathtub. I saw the kind i had at a science museum, it is called a Mica Cap.. its gross and i cant seem to get rid of it.. i would love advice.. we are renting to own a house and buying it soon.... help ( it is slightly reassuring that i am not the only one in the world with this problem....) i guess my house is going green
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Anonymous (ip-64-7-164-103.mercury.net) – 10.07.09 11:55:45
So people have been posting out here for 3 years and still no one can say whether or not they are really harmful? lovely
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Anonymous (97-83-126-36.dhcp.trcy.mi.charter.com) – 10.07.09 21:27:36
WOW! I just found a slew of them growing from the tile grout behind my toilet. They were light yellow rubbery looking things. I know they were not there the other day because I just cleaned the floor around the toilet. My toilet has been dripping back there for about a month. I plucked those suckers out and the tile is coming up tomorrow. I'm thinking the leak needs to be fixed, the wood replaced, and new tile put down. eeeewwww!!!
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Anonymous (cpe00222d2efdc6-cm00222d2efdc2.cpe.net.cable.rogers.com) – 10.21.09 10:55:15
Yep, i was totally freaked out too and this is the second time i get the weird pasta looking ones. I've been cleaning with bleach (trying to do it once a week) I skipped one week recently and bam there back. I havent told me landlord yet, but now that its the second time, I'm definitly telling him. And maybe moving out... lol
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Anonymous (cpe00222d2efdc6-cm00222d2efdc2.cpe.net.cable.rogers.com) – 10.21.09 10:58:01
Apparently any mushroom is because of under rotting wood, so EVERYONE check the underlying problem not just the surface!!
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me-shell (5adc715b.bb.sky.com) – 10.22.09 07:43:03
We moved into our new house a week ago but there is work to be done in the bathroom as the shower had a leak and all underneath the floor the wood has rotted. I didn't mind so much until last night i discovered 3 pasta-like mushrooms growing from the corner of the bath panel. I have 2 young kids so naturally i fear for their health. I am totally disgusted with our landlord. He is on holiday at the moment but i imagine he'll be laid back about the whole thing.

P.S. these mushrooms seem to grow quickly.
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Anonymous (c-76-108-205-220.hsd1.fl.comcast.net) – 12.20.09 00:04:29
When I first moved into an apartment in 1991, it had old, somewhat cracked fiberglass shower walls. It must have been installed in the 60s or 70s! It even had seems in the walls. I thought it was pretty unsanitary since it wasn't very non-porous. I had to scrub it almost every day. Then one day I found brownish mushrooms growing from one of the cracks in the fiberglass wall. At first I didn't think it was a mushroom because...wtf, that just never happens, right? Well when I realized they were mushrooms I told my cheap-ass landlord and around 4 months later, he finally got around to replacing the shower walls with a one-piece fiberlass walling. Unfortunately, it was too late to save my left foot from the most horrid case of moccasin type athlete's foot. I had no freaking idea what I had on my foot but you can all Google it. It is gross. I suffered with that shit for 15 years until I moved to Florida and a foot Dr. believed me that it was fungal. He put me on an oral fungal med and it cleared up in a week. But I am convinced it was caused by those damn mushrooms in my shower all those years earlier. I never had that crap on my foot before that. Get rid of your mushrooms people. They are bad news. Good luck!
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Anonymous (adsl-69-232-119-105.dsl.frs2ca.pacbell.net) – 01.16.10 18:52:50
Eww me and my sister discovered some next to our shower stall and i agree with just getting shower doors so does any one know a way to COMPLETELY get rid of them they are freakin disgusting !! ???
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Anonymous (adsl-76-240-70-68.dsl.scrm01.sbcglobal.net) – 01.20.10 01:49:17
found a mushroom worried
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Anonymous (pool-173-55-111-178.lsanca.dsl-w.verizon.net) – 01.23.10 17:57:57
mushrooms are so uhhhhhh theyre growing in the woodchips in front of my apartments but how
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Anonymous (ip70-190-61-55.ph.ph.cox.net) – 02.02.10 04:31:48
Hahaha Wow. I agree.. It kinda sounds weird but i am sooooooo glad that im not alone into this whole issue.. i actually thought it was something serious and i thought i was going to have a bad health reaction to it or something.. man this brings me a lot of relief.. Is there any kind of poison or something to stop them from growing on the outside corners of my bathtub!? Thanks anyway(:
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Crazy. (d24-141-187-100.home.cgocable.net) – 02.03.10 11:34:40
So about two months ago I found a mushroom in my shower. I pulled it out after thinking about how disgusting that is and then didn't think about it again. Two days later it popped up again. So, this time I pulled it out and scrubbed the shower clean. Today I went to have a shower and noticed two little mushrooms popping out from the grout in my shower. I didn't touch them, but tomorrow I'm going to scrub that shower down and use bleach and whatever else to get rid of them. It didn't start happening until the first incident I mentioned and I've been living here for over 20 years. I get grossed out at first, but then think it's kind of cool that even though humans build houses to keep this kind of thing out, they still keep popping up. Apparently the one in my shower is called Panaeolus foenisecii and apparently has hallucinogenic properties! Crazy!
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Emma x (genkt-058-001.t-mobile.co.uk) – 02.13.10 20:35:35
Loved readin all the comments, i have just found the pasta shell type in my toilet. We hav had a bad leak from the flat upstair for a while now, not nice cant use the toilet light an hav 2 sit sideways in fear of being dripped on. Called wandsworth council a number of times about many problems, but no help from them all we get is workers takeing photos! Wasnt to concerned with the leak as these things happen but its now been ages since it started an water is stil dripping, we hav a grose brown gunk on the ceiling an running down the wall. Not nice the only way i can describe it is like shit. Im not saying im a clean freak but i dont live like a tramp. This is beyond discusting. An now 2 make it worse iv got a cluster of PASTA SHELL Like mushrooms growing out the wet soggy brown like substance. I realy wan2 clean this but an sacred already tried takin of wallpaper 2 fighs brown stuf but it didnt help. An now the mushrooms. Lets just hope the council fixes the leak as im not convinced they hav. And then solve t
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Efia (66.193.107.68) – 02.15.10 18:52:48
I just bought a hundred year old house that has been refinished. 2 days ago I discovered the mushrooms in the picture above growing in the corner of my basement through the carpet. I've gone through all of the emotions, first I was grossed out, then it was pretty funny, then it was disappointing they aren't the 'fun' kind, now concern that I may have a really big issue. I live in Portland and many old basements aren't completely dry. The carpet feels very slightly damp to the touch and there isn't water damage on the wall I'm wondering if I de-humidifier would do the trick. Anyone have the same type of issue and have some suggestions?
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Katie (d154-20-196-243.bchsia.telus.net) – 02.15.10 22:14:29
Thank goodness for this thread. Here we are in Vancouver (yes, during the 2010 Olympics) what the world watching us does not know is that housing prices have grown so much in this city that it took us 3 years to find suitable housing for our family. The place is older but well fixed up except that in the bathroom there is no ventilation. It is not a shock, then to find mushrooms in the bathroom in February. I found the mushrooms and got really sick afterward. Make sure that you wash your hands after you find the mushrooms. Use toilet paper or paper towel to take them off and flush them. A face mask is also a great idea. I wish I knew that 2 days ago when I found the mushrooms. I could not figure out why I was both throwing up sick and sick with a cold. It was obviously the mushrooms. After reading this thread, here is my solution.

1. We have to talk to the landlord to take him up on his offer of a fan. There is no getting around that.
2. I have brought in the portable electric heater to raise the temperature in the bathroom.
3. I have purchased MOISTURE MAGNET from Home Hardware for 35 dollars. I have used both of the calcium chloride filled sacs and put them on shelving 6 feet off the ground so that my toddler cannot reach them. I read up on calcium chloride - it absorbs moisture and is used in small amounts in some food. However, do not touch the dust or let children near it because it reacts exothermically - meaning it will heat up instantly to a very high temperature when it touches any kind of water. In the Moisture Magnet, the calcium chloride is packaged in fine cheesecloth so it is safe as long as children do no touch it.
4. I scrubbed the area where there was any mold or mushrooms with a household cleanser and a toothbrush.
5. I sprayed on a product called MOLD CONTROL also from Home Hardware - following the directions on the bottle.

I will be keeping my receipts for my landlord. If I was really on it I would have photographed the mold / mushrooms.

You can attach the photographs to an e-mail, explaining when you found them and the steps that you have taken and e-mail it to your landlord. If the language is simple and legal, they will understand that you are keeping records. This may help them to act quickly.
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Katie Again (d154-20-196-243.bchsia.telus.net) – 02.15.10 22:18:20
Just to add - calcium chloride is the main ingredient in any dehumidifier. When you buy the calcium chloride you are basically *taking out the middle man* of the dehumidifier.

At first you should turn up the heat on the heater as high as it can go to dry the place out as much as you can.
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Efia (66.193.107.68) – 02.16.10 12:37:39
thanks for the suggestions! Buying the Calcium Chloride is a good plan. Always nice to save some money.
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Anonymous (c-67-169-155-130.hsd1.ca.comcast.net) – 02.17.10 12:54:19
I had mushrooms popping up out of my tub/shower grout every so often. I would kill with bleach. Make a long story short, I discovered that the tile had a leak and the tile backer board and wallboard behind that was completely soaked. No other visible evidence, no smell, nothing Suspect that this had been a very slow leak for years. There was significant structural damage as several wall studs were completely GONE - rotted away. The situation was disgusting. Scared the H*ll outta me. To remove all traces of the problem I took the ENTIRE ROOM out including the subfloor all the way to the dirt and rebuilt completely, all new lumber, scrubbed every surface with full strength bleach, changed ALL plumbing pipes, even bleached the dirt underneath to kill everything possible. If you have this problem don't let it go, get it inspected. If you do have to rebuild your shower look into a product called KERDI. It is one of the best and most reliable waterproofing materials available, it goes under the tile. I used KERDI and also gave up on tile, put in slab granite instead so that there would only be seams at the corners which are tight seams sealed up with 100% pure silicone not leaky crappy grout or cheap caulk. The KERDI is overkill for granite walls but that is fine with me. Everything done strictly by the directions. No expense is too much in this case. If you have to rebuild and you look at what may be under there you WILL agree. Please don't let it go - mushrooms mean water & fungus and that means serious damage and possible heath issues. Not to cause a panic but it's very possible you have a big problem like I did. I thank my lucky stars no one got sick and now it's ALL CLEAN. P.S. it's about a leak, no reflection on your housekeeping skills.
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Anonymous (pool-71-119-139-252.lsanca.dsl-w.verizon.net) – 02.22.10 15:31:10
I just got off the phone with CDC - Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The info the woman gave me was that 1cup BLEACH to every 1GALLON of water. To also use gloves, protective clothing, eye protective, and if you are going to be in the building or whatever to wear a N95 face mask. She couldn't answer the other parts of my questions, but she did say that bleach is the product to use.
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Anonymous (89.240.26.26) – 03.04.10 20:00:02
sneeeky sneeky buggers!!!!!
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Anonymous (host86-144-97-154.range86-144.btcentralplus.com) – 04.13.10 13:41:22
Ive got a house that is 550 years old. The old occupents, about 20 years ago layed a flagstone floor on top of the soil in the living room. Nothing between the gaps. Looks great and old, but if freezing cold, and feels damp, even though some of the slabs are 4 inches thick. Then about a year ago we noticed mushrooms coming through some of the gaps. I lifted the slabs ( a real job! ), and pulled them up, right from underneath. Treated with fungiside, and layed the slabs back. Now they are spreading underneath, and its a nightmare. They are totally gross, but I think we need to leift the whole floor. Lay plastic sheeting, and then put sand down and put the slabs back. Its all I can think of. Im worried the spores are going to be in the slabs and grow back "0ver" the plastic. Im temted to take it all, put plastic down and pour concrete over the whole thing. The trouble is, wont this spread the damp sideways to the walls? Being a timber framed house thats really bad news, as the base timbers hold the whole house up! Any suggestions would be great. I could do the last suggestion and leave a gap all the way round, so the moisture isnt being forced up the walls. If its starts going up the walls, then im covering it up and selling!
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FLESHY COLORED PALE WRINKLY/PIG SKIN ... (cache-mtc-ae04.proxy.aol.com) – 04.16.10 12:52:09
I went to do laundry this morning and noticed the side of my cement wall has light pale, flesh colored wrinkly looking mushrooms, sort of like pig ears/skin as stated above by others. I live in Atlantic county NJ and we have just been through some severe flooding in the past 2 months and President Obama has declared it a disaster area. Are these a poisonous variety? My husband goes mushroom hunting in the woods a lot, but can't seem to figure out what kind these are? I wouldn't eat them but wanted to find out if they are a health hazard.
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Anonymous (173-19-119-223.client.mchsi.com) – 04.21.10 19:47:31
Ahh I just found these mushrooms in my basement...sick!
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Behind the Redwood Curtain (netblock-68-183-224-208.dslextreme.com) – 04.24.10 00:02:06
Ick. We found the noodle-y kind in our house, too. It might be peziza domiciliana, but it also kinda looks like tremella foliacea...what do you other "lasagna mushroom" sufferers think? I have 2 botanist friends, both are avid mycology fanatics, and they were all shrugs about this situation.

No one knows how to find out if their type of fungus is dangerous to their respiratory health or otherwise? Cursedagger posted that they were able to send off a specimen of their mushroom infestation to someone for analysis (albeit it in Australia)--what kind of professionals can you send your bathroom mushrooms to?! Do we have these "mushroom analysts" in the US?

Questions aside, the hard truth of the matter is that if you have mushrooms growing in your house the actual mushrooms are the proverbial "tip of the iceberg," as they are just the "seeds" from the mycelial threads hidden beneath your floor or wall. Getting rid of the mushrooms alone is like trying to remove your apple tree by picking all the apples off.

I'm going to try to figure out how extensive the damage is in my case, and then get back on here when I know more. But I implore anyone who has *real*, *professional,* *educated* answers on the subject to please share them. It's scary as hell finding this crap in your house, and showering next to creepy yellow brain-looking things sucks on toast! These are not the cutesy cap mushrooms that smarmy caterpillars puff hookas upon. Nooo.

Some answers, or an indication of who to call for answers would make having read all these horror stories have some kind of point... (I hope.)
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Anonymous (h95.226.28.71.dynamic.ip.windstream.net) – 05.02.10 14:00:27
im findin them everywhere in my room when i rearrange it or clean it but tha thing is no stem or nothiin juss a plain small whole mushroom thats tan or brown wat does that mean?
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Anonymous (45.sub-75-220-58.myvzw.com) – 05.10.10 16:48:35
I have a mushroom growing in my shower also. My husband and I are both sick and I'm wondering if it is related to this matter. If anyone knows anything about if we can get sick from this please let me know.
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Amber (user-12l32u6.cable.mindspring.com) – 05.12.10 19:41:14
Hey they havent done a study on this! Its called Peziza domiciliana! It can grow anywhere! i have it growing in my basement in the blocks! It needs water or dampness to grow!! Unless your allergic to mold spores!
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http://makena.eu (day-pppoe-dynamic-ip18.networx-bg.com) – 05.21.10 17:44:24
It's not good
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Anonymous (ool-457ac594.dyn.optonline.net) – 05.22.10 18:14:29
Mushrooms generally grow on decomposing wood in damp conditions, they don't need sunlight. There is probably some pieces of wood under the tiles somewhere that had been naturally inoculated with mushroom spores before the wood was used to build the apartment....it's damp down there, and they're just growing away...

They look like oyster mushrooms by the way, very edible and yummy too. Haha, bathroom oyster mushrooms, wouldn't be eating them for lunch!
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Anonymous (74-133-61-246.dhcp.insightbb.com) – 05.23.10 19:32:10
I was at my boyfriend a few nights ago and went to the bathroom and as I sat there peeing, I noticed a thin, long-stemmed mushroom with a flat cap about the size of a nickel growing beside his bathtub (the linoleum has come loose where it meets the tub). I was so freaked out I couldn't pee fast enough to get the heck outta there to go get him and let him see for himself. He, too, was shock and a bit embarrassed. Well, 24 hrs later, I come down with a very sore throat, both ears throbbing with pain, swollen glands and a sinus infection - outta nowhere! I hadn't been feeling the least bit sick before. I think that bathroom and the fungus among us is the reason I am sick. I think I'll be staying at home for a while until he fixes this issue.
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Anonymous (71-20-231-144.war.clearwire-wmx.net) – 05.27.10 22:36:44
Found a weird looking mushroom growing out of the grout in the bathtub / shower. Its flesh toned and kind of translucent, like pig skin. The cap seems to have inverted, folding in half towards the top. It looks like a crazy mutant fleshroom! :X
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hai (67.20.36.174.hag.dsl.nfis.com) – 06.03.10 20:30:19
yea we just find couple of mushroom in our bathroom, no had thought so many ppl had the same promblems
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Anonymous (cpe-76-177-53-151.natcky.res.rr.com) – 06.10.10 01:14:06
wow, I dont know what to do?? I bought this 100 year old house about 12 yrs ago, I cant afford to move, or get inspected. I found these mushroom things in my basement after it had leaked from a storm. I have a kid that has allergies. What can i do myself to make sure the problem is gone?????
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Anonymous (mad0736d0.tmodns.net) – 06.20.10 03:47:36
ok well second attempt to post. I tried to post pic links from facebook but got denied cause of the http at any rate daughter has fungi growing where baseboard meets rug. has had recent leak and walls were not repaired. possible mold issues and she has been suffering from a sore throat recently. fungi just sprouted in past week. landlord resides in other side of duplex wondering if they have any growth.

if interested in viewing pics look me up on facebook and put mushrooms in the comment so i know.
mary tekesky
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Anonymous (72.81.42.58) – 07.06.10 23:24:44
Just found my second mushroom growing in the bathroom next to the shower. I'm so glad to know I am not the only one with this problem.
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roadie (c-71-196-227-59.hsd1.co.comcast.net) – 07.29.10 06:04:24
I love this post. Had me cracking up for a good long time.
Good luck to everyone who is waging war with the fungi!!
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Rose in Virginia (122.5.227.166.in-addr.arpa) – 08.07.10 13:16:49
Well, thank you all so much for sharing your mushroom in the bathroom stories. I thought I was loosing my mind when I found a mushroom in the bathroom next to the toilet. This one was shaped like a mushroom that night and by morning it had bloomed open. Now that was weird! I used toilet bowl cleaner called The Works on the area. NEVER use toilet bowl cleaner on carpet. It took out my carpet along with the ink spot the mushroom left. Not only do I need to find the leak now but I also need to replace the bathroom carpet.
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Anon. (cpe-124-183-181-114.lns17.ken.bigpond.net.au) – 08.12.10 21:51:40
Glad to hear I'm not the only one. We're in a rental and a while back, I found a weird-looking yellow growth in the corner where the wall meets the shower ledge. I called my boyfriend in to find out what it was. It looked to me like an ear.. Sick! He used a tissue to pull it off.. We had no idea what it could have been. I thought nothing of it until it grew back again a few weeks later. That time, after pulling it off, I sprayed the area with plenty of bleach. It's never grown back in that spot, but.. Just this morning, I found another one growing about 5cm from the area it had last inhabited. Freaky... I suppose I'm just gonna keep removing and spraying it every time they pop up. That and I'll clean my bathroom twice as often, in the hope that it will eliminate the problem. Wishful thinking.. Maybe. Good luck guys!
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☮kaylie!! (hlfxns0188w-099192062189.pppoe-dynamic.high-speed.ns.bellaliant) – 08.18.10 15:27:09
Today, I just found a mushroom beside my tub too! I laughed at first then thought oh that means MOLD! What do you think would be the best thing to do.. Get it looked at, Just kill it, or? After I saw it I cut it out and put in the garbage.. I hope it doesn't come back!!!!
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Anonymous (proxy-3252.bay.webtv.net) – 08.21.10 15:04:36
I have mushrooms around my toilet and along the baseboard behind it. They did come up fast. I had our toilet overflow about a month ago. I been putting peroxide on the areas after I pulled them up. However they keep coming back. I am afraid to tell my landlord for fear he will say I must have done something. I have the door closed now so our cat cannot get in and we are only going in there to use toilet or shower or shave. Its very disheartening.
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Anonymous (cpe-66-108-94-76.nyc.res.rr.com) – 08.22.10 14:46:11
I found a brown mushroom with a cap in my ceiling. About 2 years ago, we had a neighbor flood his bathroom from a running toilet. DISGUSTING. I happen to be home and caught it from dumping into my apartment. Needless to say, they just patched it up and painted over it. I live in Manhattan (NYC) and I thought the stem with the cap was a camera looking into my shower. i know - paranoid. I grabbed a hold of it to yank it out and it was a freaking mushroom. I just called the landlord and told them "yo, i got mold and a mushroom growing out of my ceiling. I saved it for you! It's from the leak from the apartment above me from 2 years ago" I have renters insurance so we'll see what they do. Has anyone has this happen to them in an apartment building.
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Barb Garner (c-76-125-232-12.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 08.27.10 13:39:52
Okay, I can't believe there is a "year's long" thread talking about this!!! I just googled it because I remembered reading about 10-11 years ago that the poison control center said their oddest question was from a woman who wanted to know if the mushrooms growing around her toilet were safe to put into the spaghetti sauce!!! I absolutely can't believe that this many people have this issue!!! I'm speechless!!!
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Cher (ool-4352d2b9.dyn.optonline.net) – 09.01.10 00:42:16
WTF IS GOIN ON HERE??? I JUS SHOWERED THIS MORNIN N DIDNT SEE THIS LAST NITE NEITHER. I COME HOME FROM WORK ONLY TO SEE THIS MUSHROOM. I THOU I WAS TRIPPIN BUT IM NOT UNTIL I GOOGLED "MUSHROOMS GROWIN ON WALLS" SMDH IT GOT ME HERE SO HEAR I AM. YES I DO LIVE N A BUILDIN N LEFT HOME FROM 8AM-10PM IT GREW THAT FAST OMG. THIS MORNIN IT WAS JUS SOMETHING PEEPIN OUT OF THE WALL N NOW ITS A FULLY GROWN MUSHROOM I COULDNT BELIEVE MY EYES. I THOU I WAS GOIN CRAZY ALL DRAMTIC!!! SO NOW U GUYS MADE ME FEEL LIKE I KNO WHAT IM SEEIN IS RIGHT. THIS IS SO DISGUSTIN. I CANT!!!
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Anonymous (ool-457e844b.dyn.optonline.net) – 09.09.10 07:37:41
i am completely freaked out!!! i have mushrooms growing out from underneath my bathroom sink. what could this be from???i just moved to this apartment about a month ago...every two days i clean my entire bathroom, and i get down on my knees to scrub the floors with clorox,so for me not to notice something like this had to be because it grew over night...which is unbelievable on how fast it grew...what do i do,is this dangerous...should i even touch it???i have two small children is this bad for their health???
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Anonymous (ool-457e844b.dyn.optonline.net) – 09.09.10 07:47:27
this is disturbing,smh...i am also discusted about how that lady even thought about using the mushrooms that were grown around her toilet to put it inside of her spegetti sauce...who does that???? i know i wouldn't want to eat from her.
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Tina B (bb-66-63-100-248.gwi.net) – 09.12.10 10:53:31
My son's room has black marks and mushrooms growing. I cleaned the wall and broke them off but his room still smells kinda mildewy. I have a fan on it to try to dry that section is there anything else I can do? will it harm him sleeping in there? Never had these before but I did text my landlord with pictures of it and see what is next.
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Anonymous (adsl-75-57-214-6.dsl.emhril.sbcglobal.net) – 09.20.10 18:25:35
I just found the same problem near my bathroom sink where there was a leak from the sink! EWWWWWW! They are dying and more keep coming! I know that if the landlord doesn't do something, I am definitely calling The Department of Public Health! Please, somebody post some remedies!!!
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Anonymous (host81-137-252-101.in-addr.btopenworld.com) – 09.22.10 04:41:05
How do you treat the mushrooms and are they dangerous - health wise? I have contacted my landlord as this problem has recent occured after a leak with the shower. I can cope for a week or so as long as it wont effect our health. advice would be appreciated. the mushrooms are small-medium whitey/yellow I have cut them out of the carpet once and they grew back two weeks later. arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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Anonymous sds u.k (5ac03166.bb.sky.com) – 09.23.10 14:16:02
We had a burst pipe in our bathroom in 2008 and the whole room got flooded, we tore up carpets and used a dehumidifier and central heating to dry out the room for over 3 weeks, we left the floor untouched for over 5 months before laying laminate flooring. In the past 6 months have noticed waxy pigs ear looking mushrooms sprouting from behind the toilet ( I originally blamed my partner for "missing" the toilet when he used it and told him to sit on it like a woman does !!!) We used bleach by the bucket full along with other bathroom cleaners and thought we'd solved the problem, no such luck, yesterday I noticed they were back !! yet when I cleaned the bathroom on Sunday there was no sign, I don't know if they have invaded us as a result of the flooding, or how the hell they even got there in the first place, it is a relief to know that other people have them as well as I thought my standards of cleanliness had dropped and was too embarrased to mention to people for advise. I thought it may have something to do with this laminate flooring but it is even appearing behind the tiled surface near the toilet cistern, it is making me feel sick to look at never mind removing it, I get my partner to get rid of it but as he's working away I can't afford to leave it growing otherwise it may "take over" the whole bathroom. Any ideas apart from bleach to get rid of for good ?
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Malcolm FK UK (92.29.179.203) – 09.30.10 17:12:27
I am amazed at this mushroom blog as my daughter has just come down stairs with a big uuuurrrrr there is a mushroom growing in the shower room and on closer inspection we found them growing inside and outside the shower room. We were amazed to find this blog starting in 2003. So the shower room is now out of action until its sorted out. We didn’t expect to find this blog running for so many years. We feel part of the family, the “Sroom Blog family”. I wonder if it will catch on. We have also noticed that a tile in the shower room has come loose so I guess we have had a water leak for a while. Its so funny to see all these entries about bathroom mushrooms, I have never seen anything like it or the mushrooms. Thanks for all the tips and information.
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Anonymous (68-116-182-78.dhcp.oxfr.ma.charter.com) – 10.08.10 12:33:58
i too have mushrooms growing rt next to my dishwasher. there is a smaill place under cabinets so i took a flash light and could not believe it. i had hundreds of them. we pulled alot of them out with a hockey stick (only thing that would reach). they grew back..atleast 3 times so far. thursday am i noticed some in a group and when i got home 4 hours later..it was sticking out futher than in the am. so i waited until mu husband got home and showed him. at this time, it was alot bigger. when he pulled that thing out..omg! it was about 6 inches wide with smaller ones attatched to it. i told him to hold on to it so i could get the camera but her put it in trash. now all i smell is a weird oder and bleach didnt work. tiles are starting to crack on the floor near the area!! ugh last time we pulled them out it was as tall as a large yankee candle jar and 4 inches wide. each time they grow back they r bigger and bigger.
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Smithy's shroom removals (123-2-16-32.static.dsl.dodo.com.au) – 10.16.10 02:05:49
I found some in our bathroom yesterday here in australia, I dried the buggers out and smoked them. WOW they werwe awesome im still trippin out, can you all post your addresses and I will gladly remove them free of charge !!!!!!

Aussie Shroom man..............
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Anonymous (adsl-159-224-145.mia.bellsouth.net) – 10.17.10 10:52:14
There's a mushroom growing out of my WALL!!
There was a HUGE leak, and this makes me wonder if there's an even bigger mess behind the walls... :/
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Cheesehead (h96-61-235-106.mdsnwi.tisp.static.tds.net) – 10.20.10 12:56:06
Be very careful about notifying your insurance company.

In the US, once you have mold on your record, you're in a national database. Your house can become very difficult/expensive to insure after that. It will be an issue if you want to sell your home.

I suspected dampness in my bathroom wall, and was planning to remodel it anyway. I found my first mushroom this morning, and I'm afraid of what they'll find in that wall. Whatever the damage is, it's going to have to come out of my pocket.

I'll try to post an update in the next week or so.
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Anonymous (24.188.21.220) – 10.25.10 15:09:01
I can't believe this site dates back five years!!! My bf finds the popular mushroom just outside the shower stall as well. He's in there now and I can't wait to tell him about this discovery! Hopefully the landlord will step up cuz I fear they'll think it's nothing, we did. Goodluck all!
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Anonymous (167.102.229.77) – 11.01.10 12:40:04
I also can't believe this site! My boyfriend and I found a mushroom in out bathroom yesterday morning and I KNOW it wasn't there on Friday when I cleaned the bathroom. It ;ools very similar to the one in the poicture above. I am totally freaked out since I have a 2 1/2 old daughter in the home as well. We moved to this apartment in July and I have strange feeling that they are not going to handle this problem the way they should. I just hope we are not putting our health at risk living there! I don't know what to do! I really just want to pack up our stuff and leave!
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Anonymous (71.177.1.52) – 11.04.10 23:08:57
i found them out of my cling by the stirs
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Geraldine London (78.149.200.199) – 11.09.10 17:34:21
Hi
For 2 months have been renting a flat that belongs to a doctor and was super clean when we moved in. Have twice reported a small leak at the side of the toilet and someone has been to fix it twice.
Yesterday or the night before, I found a small cluster of mushrooms. They were creamy white. We thought they were rather cool; so unusual. There is also a dark brown shape on the other side.
Now the little cluster has spored and I am afraid to go in there. Thanks for the salt advice. Where am I going to wash tomorrow morning?
I was a little worried about ringing the estate agent incase they thought us dirty. Now I am not because they spring up quickly for other people as well. I feel like moving out!
Advice: don't let them spore because a tiny fungus can produce massses of dust. Good luck everyone.
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Geraldine London (78.145.18.106) – 11.09.10 18:38:47
I have been in there and sprayed with mold remover which is probably more dangerous especially the quantity I used. Then pored salt around where toilet joins floor BUT I have discovered more behind the toilet where I can't reach easily.

My 25 year old son doesn't want them to die because he loves fungi.
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Geraldine London (78.145.18.106) – 11.09.10 18:39:44
Tom you posted in September. How's it going now?
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Tom 7 (static-96-235-41-115.pitbpa.fios.verizon.net) – 11.09.10 22:35:04
September 2003! The mushrooms have yet to return.
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Tate (d114-78-171-160.meb801.vic.optusnet.com.au) – 12.07.10 16:08:00
Not like this one but we have a black one. I cleaned and bleached our house, it is infested with mould and always has been even with opening all the windows etc. Practically overnight this came and I sure didn't notice it, I walked into the bathroom and right near the shower this mushroom batch had spawned also burst leaving ALOT of black powder! I already have a list long of health issues so I am sort of concerned (these were all before we moved in too). The spot where it has grown has been flakey and gross since before we moved in, we've had inspections and the landlord knows its there, we've noticed he also doesn't like forking out money easily.

ideas?
Black mushroom, appears to have yellow dots on it, bursts into big black powder!

thanks!
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Anonymous (75-141-105-140.dhcp.mtpk.ca.charter.com) – 12.12.10 14:16:27
yea i have mushrooms to and they pop up not in a specific place but everywhere. behind the toilet, next to the bathroom sink, showere, even on the carpet near my room. ugg i need help!!
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Anonymous (c-98-213-182-176.hsd1.il.comcast.net) – 01.06.11 09:00:44
our toilet has had a leak since we've moved in but we have had no money to fix it so we decided to wait it out until tax time. big mistake there! the floor is rotting out and the toilet is falling through the floor, and today we discovered mushrooms growing out of the carpet! they are brownesh yellow and waxy looking. this is GROSS!!! its just awful. now im worried if this is going to affect our health and we have at least a couple weeks till we get our taxes. crap like this teaches us that we should always fix a problem before it bites you in the badonkadonk.
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Anonymous (ppp-71-136-37-74.dsl.sndg02.pacbell.net) – 01.17.11 15:51:36
Our bathroom mushroom exploded this morning. For two days, the mushroom went from the size of a rolled up, wet cotton ball to a two-headed monster, three inches tall, one inch thick and caps an inch in diameter. I freaked out, felt sick and threw up at the sight this morning. I don't think the mushrooms made me, but I am not a doctor, so who knows. The black spore dust is all over my floor now, and I have resorted to relieving myself in a bottle. Yes, I know, rank, right? Unfortunately, when the time comes for a number two, who knows where I will go. I don't own a bucket. All my bags have holes. I guess I need to man up. Since it's our only restroom... I might just suck it up and eat the goom.
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Will (167.1-128-109.adsl-dyn.isp.belgacom.be) – 01.18.11 06:45:45
Guys, household bleach won't kill mold/fungus.
Get some proper FUNGICIDE.

Also, it's better to hit the root of the problem i.e. moisture behind the walls/tiles.

Fungus/mold is no laughing matter. Can give you serious health issues, both young and old.
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Anonymous (74.174.152.64) – 01.19.11 12:28:27
I have been finding mushrooms growing in the bathroom for the last month or so.. I had to replace the floor and a new commode last year. I think that the new wood got wet from the commode being put in and the seal wasn't sealed yet.. so the man had to pull everything up and put a new seal ring in the commode .. but he didn't replace the wood it was already wet. he just put the new tile blocks back down over the same wood. now this is happening and every time i clean and pull the mushrooms out i get deathly sick with diarrhea and have had nasal problems and allergies since from this.. What do i need to do. I'm scared and i definitely think that this is causing me to be sick so much. never had this problem before the new commode and floor piece/partial was put in.. Ive missed 6 days of work with in a month period of every time i clean and dispose of the mushrooms and a funky smell.. could this be making me sick. is there something that i can clean or kill with a pesticide without being out alot of $$$$ for a terminator or should I be out replace the floor again and starting fresh. but i am a poor person struggling and can't afford much...
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PhemiaTiese (82-36-133-95.pool.ukrtel.net) – 01.21.11 19:25:53
ma sjekke:)
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annenekef (asg-v8-presales.astarolab.de) – 01.22.11 01:52:43
I just sent this post to a bunch of my friends as I agree with most of what you’re saying here and the way you’ve presented it is awesome.
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Gabby K (mobile-166-137-011-152.mycingular.net) – 01.24.11 01:45:18
I found a mushroom growing in the corner of the bathroom with black dust around it. I also found mushrooms growing from the bottom of the wall on the outside of the bathroom wall. We recently had a leak, which created a lot of moisture. I'm totally freaking out!!! It's comforting to know that others have the same problem.... I'm definitely going to call a plumber.
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Anonymous (89-149-208-43.local) – 01.29.11 22:08:43
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Anonymous (cpc1-glfd1-0-0-cust109.6-2.cable.virginmedia.com) – 02.26.11 16:47:08
Same. Small brown/orange mushrooms, a small cluster of them in the kitchen growing out of a piece of wood used as a stand for a dishwasher (that was leaking before).

I've removed the mushrooms and bagged, bleached the area, and I've hopefully got someone coming in the next few days to look at the problem. Buying some fungicide tomorrow. I might get a flamethrower.
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Anonymous (210.sub-69-99-163.myvzw.com) – 03.09.11 13:05:30
my kids and i have asthma and we found another mushroom coming out of the wall in the bathroom. its on the second floor of our two story home. The landlord came out once and had it patched, but im afraid its back again and now i have Pneumonia and i wonder if its because of the mushroom. the doctor put me on antibiotics for pneumonia but I wonder if i am on the right antibiotics. after reading this im really scared for my children. my 7 year old has a rash and my 16 year old is missing so much school from coughing and runny nose constantly.
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Anonymous (180.190.214.115) – 03.29.11 05:08:32
OMG I HAVE THE SAME MUSHROOM ON MY BEDROOM. It grows every two months or so. I'm gross out to touch them! :|
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Anonymous (69.199.96.106) – 04.15.11 12:06:54
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Anonymous (69.199.96.106) – 04.15.11 12:07:52
I found one in my bathroom the other night...today they are gutting out my bathroom in my apartment and I am demanding to move units! Houston, TX
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Anonymous (74.177.79.205) – 04.20.11 16:55:03
ok how do we get rid or them? landlord fixed leek , an we started useing the shower again, they are back an in different places in the bathroom. i already have a child with asthma, does anyone know what kind they are? (white with sunken top)?
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St. Louis ghettooooo (71.8.200.199) – 05.03.11 18:41:14
Well it seems like everybody has these bathroom mushrooms, I'd never heard of it until well.. there they were, growing by the tub. Weird thing I didnt seen anyone else mention - when I pulled one of them up, it like... emitted this white looking fog? Then when I threw it on the patio table (for outdoor inspection) it did it again, a little mist of white. Are those the spores? That's freaking creepy. It looked like fog or white steam, then dissipated into the air.
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leyris demorizi (98.254.137.32) – 05.10.11 21:33:40
Yeah,yeah,we all have the same problem ,but what i`m concerned about is my kids health.We all have sensitive skin and allergies and for sure mold
is no good .
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Anonymous (24.239.0.49) – 05.20.11 22:14:46
So I found some! I am embarrassed......my contractor was over to do the deck and I went to clean the basement bedroom and found them along the side of the bed. It is not on an outside wall and my contractor looked at them and said he has not seen anything like it. He says that there does not appear to be wetness/leak from pipes. I cleaned them up and now worries that it was dangerous to do so.

Site was great because it is weird comfort to think that others have had this problem. We have to tear up fairly new carpet we put down a couple of years ago to get to the source of moisture and damage. I have three small children and two dogs....needs to be looked after ASAP. Just weird.

I didn't eat them...so I cannot comment on their taste!
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Mushrooms in Minneapolis (75.72.207.203) – 05.24.11 21:43:58
HAHA Tom 7, I find it hilarious that your rando 2003 post about bathroom mushrooms has been such long-running and significant hub of bathroom-mushroom activity!

I pretty much died when I found the mushrooms this morning. Now I have some ideas of how to deal with it. It's also good to know I'm not alone. Thanks everyone! :)
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Jo is soo embarassed (69.97.169.189) – 05.29.11 13:43:28
So today I found a mushroom growing out of the base board near the tub. There has been a lot of water puddling near there after my showers. Guess I know the reason it occured, now to fix it. I had poured bleach on it but now going to try salt and peroxide as well.
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Anonymous (86.158.237.110) – 06.07.11 16:49:46
the mushroom is just the fruiting body of a fungus. They are produced when the fungus (which would be covering any amount of timber out of sight) goes to reproduce. like the tip of an iceberg

so could bleach/salt/peroxide/any chemical really be anything but a short term solution?
i suppose anyone seriously considering salt as a cure is too cheap to have a bathroom inspected, ripped out and a new one installed, ventilated and heated properly with proper materials by a skilled installer...
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Anonymous (92.234.20.46) – 06.20.11 11:46:53
The website urbanmushrooms.com

you can identify your mushrooms here. I too had the curly one. My landlord is being a d*** about getting it seen to. Landlords are the scum of the fungus infested inside of the toiletbowl of life.
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Anonymous (76.25.152.212) – 07.01.11 23:41:39
Don't you find it ironic that so many have this problem and there STILL has been no solution identified. But someone wants to criticize a landlord for not knowing what to do, when those of us who actually own and live in our houses have no clue how to fix it! "Stop the moisture" is easier said than done sometimes.
Basements are damp because they are below ground level. Period. There doesn't have to be an obvious leak.
I just found the little effers downstairs in my basement. I'm upset because both of my daughters have stayed down there with my grandchildren. I feel awful just thinking about them sleeping down there.
We're tearing up our carpet now to see what we can find.
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Anonymous (82.17.226.233) – 07.17.11 12:26:06
It's Coprinus Domesticus a mushroom which is classed as a type of white wet rot, it feeds on plaster apparently. there must be a big damp problem behind the plaster for this to be happening.
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Anonymous (167.206.79.227) – 07.31.11 16:09:00
I found a mushroom growing out of my counter top in the kitchen. The water may have leaked behind the backsplash. My concern is whether or not just dampness creates the mushroom or does another microoraganism or substance, or bacteria have to be present and if so is that substance dangerous. Does anyone know? My e-mail is Springtime196345@Yahoo.com please contact me if you have any info. Also my apartment is on a cement slab and near adamp area. There is a small creek. Deer live in the woods around me., but it is damp, My apartment is cold on an 80 degree day. I think I have to move because I have developed arthritis, but I like it there. I just feel the cold and dampness have contributed to my pains. Also my mushroom gave a dust that was sandy colored.
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kikay ako. horn y din. f u k c me (112.203.17.104) – 08.06.11 03:16:55
same with me, ugh. but i dont think this is a serious matter, its just that, the WOODEN door gets WET always, thats the reason, and it grows fast because the BATHROOM tiles makes the environment COOL. what i do, i just pull it out then let it grow again, i dont mind if there's mushroom, its harmless, it just look gross. you can just pull it every time there's one. it wont take you so long to do that, maybe a second or three. ;)
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Anonymous (68.198.141.103) – 08.07.11 22:37:51
Wow all of this mushroom talk! I found one coming out of my tile floor by my bathtub. we try to keep the area dry but at times it's moist. Will try the salt first. I really hope this is not a big problem.

nikki from ny
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Anonymous (68.121.245.15) – 08.15.11 02:01:33
Okay the same thing happened in my bathroom except it is on the second floor. this has never happened before and it used to be that my bathroom almost never got cleaned and now we have a cleaning lady who comes every 2 weeks and now all of a sudden it happens and i don't get it. can anyone exlain to me what is going on
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Fungus in Florida (63.151.175.129) – 08.15.11 14:09:31
There is a colony of mushrooms growing out of a board covering a huge hole in my bedroom wall, right under a window unit a/c. It's all wet there and I know (from living in Florida) that mushrooms love this type of climate. Are they poisonous? They are the skinny white kind. There is also another one that looks wavy and whitish/light beige color growing on the baseboard. Is this going to make me sick? I may have to move into the other bedroom...
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Fungus in Florida (63.151.175.129) – 08.15.11 14:10:39
P.S. I live in a rental house and the owner is a slumlord...I've already reported him to Code Enforcement in our city.
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Upper Marlboro, MD Girl (198.204.141.208) – 08.17.11 11:58:37
I don't have a mushroom in my bath but I did notice what appears to be a sprout like thing growing in the space between my hardwood and wall by my dishwasher. My dishwasher overflowed a few weeks ago. Not a mjor leak but had some water spill out onto the floor and I cleaned it up. Since then I notice these little sprout like things. I initially thought it was something electrical as it apparently died quickly and left a black residue on my floor. My Dad came & checked and knocked out my electrical theory and just cleaned it up. Last night while loading the dishwasher I noticed a new spout growing from under the same space. And again this morning it was keeled over leaving a black residue on the floor. Ugh. It's creepy. Has anyone else had the sprout? Is it the same as the mushroom. What do I do? Salt? Bleach? btw I'm the homeowner & bought my place 2 years ago so looking for least costly method of repairing.
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Anonymous (68.191.165.84) – 08.20.11 22:15:58
Yuck, again I'm not alone it appears...I had some about 2 weeks growing right below the trim on my carpet in my bedroom and my husband found them and took care of them then poured bleach and scrubbed, well tonight, found another one...We are trying to sell our house in the next few months, and not sure what to do. I guess we will get an inspector and go from there..gross!!
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Anonymous (69.117.4.218) – 08.22.11 13:11:52
hey guys check this page and sent your mushroom pictures shrooms.com/help_identify.htm
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sharon (99.239.181.177) – 09.02.11 15:57:15
I thought no one would have this problems except us, what a surprise and very concerning. Last night when looking for something in our semi finished basement I found the carpeting in front of some bookshelves to be wet. On top of the carpeting we had a jute area rug. When I moved the area rug I found the pale almost sheer mushrooms about 10 of them scattered within the area. I freaked. We moved the bookcases and pulled back the broadloom to find a leak along the foundation. After reading this site we removed the mushrooms and covered the area with salt. Some spots have black mold which we removed with bleach and also poured it along the floor where the wall meets. We were told to run the A/C to keep moisture from building and to use a fan to keep the air circulating. Unfortunately our story will have a... to be continued... when the contractor arrives to inspect the foundation. We will be purchasing a dehumidifier as soon as we can to keep on top of the humidity issues in the future.
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Anonymous (184.249.139.219) – 09.12.11 19:24:24
Never, ever use Bleach!! When it dries it forms a different toxin. Try white vinegar. Go to this website to learn more, http.// truthaboutmold.info. or http.//globalindoorhealthnetwork.com
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Urchin (82.46.173.226) – 09.18.11 13:17:35
Well, for a thread started in 2003, this one sure has legs! Google offered it as 3rd choice for the search terms Bathroom Mushroom - not bad going Tom!

and yes, I came here because I found one - a hyowj bugger. I'm doing up the bathroom and I pulled off the ancient bath panel ... and there it was, a great big brown mushroom.

not nice, not nice at all :(
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AB (209.234.32.160) – 09.20.11 01:46:28
WOW!!!!!
My husband thought I was CRAZY! I said No hunnie,go look,we have a huge shroom growing beside our bathtub,LOL! Its happend before & went away overnight! So,I let it slide.But this time its huge & right beside our bathtub.Now,our home isnt the nicest home ever,but I do try to keep my house very clean,So needless to say,this made me feel awful! So,it is very nice to know that were not alone in this.Our home is old & that worries me,but unfortunatley we cant afford anything else at the time & since the home was given to me by my grandmother,were gunna stay.We have been trying to fix the place up,but dont have much money to do so.But,I will try my best to take the linoleum rug up & spray with bleach and let it dry out.....I hope it helps,lol.Until then I guess I will have to just keep spraying & gettin the little boogers up,LOL!
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Anonymous (99.90.75.184) – 09.25.11 23:57:55
We have a white mushroom that grows out of the wall between the floor and the tile... No space between the two.... It is about 3 in. tall and white and then all of a sudden it just bursts into a black mess.... Very Creepy and kind of scary.... can not seem to find a pic on line that looks anything like this.... We have a 10yr old and I know this can be a serious health issue... It is only in My Master Bathroom ,and only by the toilet, but Why ???? No leaks... No dampness ....
Has anyone any idea what this could be ????
Looking for any info....
Thank You
Sheila in So Cal
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San Francisco apartment tenants worst... (24.6.228.30) – 09.27.11 01:46:59
I have mushrooms growing form the ceiling. What happened was my neighbor upstairs clogged the toilet because she is a obese piggy who can not fathom to flush in between her monster craps. The flooding got so bad one night that toilet water started seeping down the walls, from the interior of my adjacent bathroom wall. I was furious enough to find her problems dripping down my bathroom walls. Now I find a jungle of mushrooms grown from above and poking ceiling holes.

The landlord is a cheap slut who is afraid of using home insurance to fix this mess because she is only thinking about her resale value going down. She hired a undocumented handy man to replace the bathroom ceiling instead of correcting the problem. Im so fed up that I just want something done, and went along with it. When the ceiling came down there was visible evidence of a mushroom community thriving in between the dry wall. Now the bathroom is fixed cosmetically but I know the real story behind the new shiny white egg gloss bathroom ceiling.

Beware of renting apartments that are old for they will most likely have these kind of mycelium rot damage in areas of dampness. This also goes out to purchasing old homes.
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Sandy Shores (97.126.14.55) – 09.29.11 22:24:05
Well I must be in good company to find so many excellent people with like mushroom issues. Ours are in our laundry room behind the washer. They are a light beige ruffle looking mushroom.

I first noticed some dark spots on the wall beside the washer and pulled it out to see what it was. The spots went back and around the corner to behind the washer. The mushrooms, however, were under the dryer electrical outlet. I think that is odd, but I'm just an observer.

I am surprised to see how many people have opted to used bleach. In my research I saw several warnings saying "do not used bleach". None ever said why but I choose to error on the side of caution and am not using bleach. I chose to use white vinegar because I already had a full bottle handy in my pantry.

The white vinegar is doing ok in containing the spots til our contractor neighbor can get over in a couple days to take care of the problem. We've decided to pull off the moldy wall board, find and fix the source of the leak and replace the washer spickets while we're at it (they're old and not the proper ones for a laundry hookup anyway. Some previous owner's bad idea).

If this sounds expensive to you, I quite disagree because we're not rich and can't afford to waste money. We prefer to get it done right the first time and not have it eating the inside of our walls up and popping up in other rooms. We really don't want it becoming a major remodel down the road.

Good luck to those of you who have opted for that "if I wait long enough it'll go away" method. That's probably why some of your homes/apts are falling down, because someone before you opted for that method and now you've got major health and safety problems.

Sorry for your losses. Hope you all the best.
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PJ (72.130.172.19) – 10.03.11 23:20:51
I found a mushroom sprouting along the linoleum from the corner of our bathroom floor this morning. It just about scared the s*** out of me because at first glance I thought is was a mouse or something. We live in military housing and - just like renting - there's only so much we can do. Personally, I'd already have somebody set to come in and rip open the wall. Our two bathrooms are back to back and this is the shared wall. I swear the rot must go all the way around the shower in the master bath. I've had to call maintenance out in there a couple of times due to the opposite wall giving way under my hand, right next to the shower. All they did was patch it up with caulk. They did the same thing with this - removed the mushroom and caulked the seams. I think we're going to have to pay for an independent mold inspector and then walk into the housing office with the report before anything worthwhile actually gets done. I hate to imagine what I know must be growing back there.
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grate (75.4.27.18) – 10.10.11 22:35:42
I have a mushroom looking thing growing between the cement near the step to my front door. Its creepy looking. It looks like a tan marshmellow. The inside is dark brown. I think I will try to get the TKO. Any suggestions?
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Anonymous (24.5.101.211) – 10.11.11 14:19:22
I had mushrooms growing from between the bathtub and tile for the last year. The bathroom had an in-wall leak a couple of years ago. My homeowner insurance covered opening the walls and checking for mold, they found none. The mushrooms continued to appear. Because this is a rental property, I had the walls around the tub removed but found no sign of mold or dry rot. Now I have a new bathroom and peace of mind that I won't be sued.
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Anonymous (24.247.157.126) – 10.12.11 12:01:27
omg i just found one this morning and i was like what the fuc* i never seen or new that it could happen, i read all this posted and are shocked that it is a common problem i have to get this checked out are landlord knows that we have had a leak but has not fixed the problem go figure yuck gross if its because of mold im going to flip out
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Anonymous (66.191.152.213) – 10.14.11 16:52:38
I didnt know what da heck was goin on, I went into my upstairs bathroom and while using i noticed what appeared to b a mushroom, WHAT DA HECK was my first response. 1st of all i didnt know they grew in people households, i do my best to keep it clean being that i have young children, but with young children there is always a problem wit splashin water and spills, but i have to get this taken care all cause i dont like the fact of no nothin growin inside my home. WOW im just shocked silly.
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scott (78.148.82.215) – 10.15.11 06:24:57
we have a few in the kitchen can any one help me on getting rid of it









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Anonymous (71.146.0.147) – 10.16.11 04:37:41
Alien life form (look like molluscs but probably mushrooms) growing in shower where some tiles are loose and allowing water to slip into subflooring. What's it going to cost to FIX this problem?? Has anyone had to rip out their entire shower & subflooring & redo? What did it cost??
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matus (132.239.10.71) – 10.23.11 01:14:25
I <3 tom7
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Concerned Mom (69.132.135.218) – 10.26.11 05:42:52
Just found a mushroom by my tub! I see this mushroom converstation started in 05..... has anyone concluded if they are dangerous? We aren't dirty people - not pristine - but this is crazy! I have a one year old taking baths in this tub. He LOVES to splash!!! How bad is our situation? How unhealthy is this? I'm afraid if I call the mold police, they are going to tell me the absolute worst and blow it out of proportion so they can charge me huge amounts of money that I do not have. Advice?
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Disgusting Roommates (98.246.114.212) – 11.01.11 17:43:33
I never had mushroom issues until a few months after my new roommate moved in. Lived here for 3 years with no fungal/mushroom issues. Then he moves in, and 2 months later, mushrooms start appearing around the shower.

I'm not sure if he's growing them because he's a pot head and wants to branch out to shrooms, of if it's because he's messy in the bathroom and somehow manages to get everything wet after taking a shower.
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Vanessa Rousso (188.81.128.61) – 11.02.11 15:01:48
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crackerjack (71.61.133.146) – 11.07.11 10:05:11
Fungi fo life!
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betty carrier (75.67.84.91) – 11.14.11 15:15:18
i had pull three mushroom plants beside my washer reading this makes me nurves well i got some hard work to do this husban in weelchair i had just had back sury thank you all for the info i live in claremont newhapshire
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BeyondGrossSinkBlues (24.211.18.117) – 11.14.11 23:46:13
OMG! Its so good to see other people experience this! But IDK if other people have my exact issue. MUSHROOMS GROWING OUT OF DRAIN.

I have had issues with my sink drain for years, but usually drain-o treatment puts a bandaid on it until it slows again.

Well to my surprise, today as I watched the water drain down, I noticed something peaking out of the sink hole. Using a toothpick, I poked it and realized its rubbery! After digging it out I realized it was a MUSHROOM!! YUCK! How the heck does a mushroom grow in a bathroom sink!

It was beyond disgusting and smelled awful.

My dad has been denying my recommendations to call the plumber since the slow drain will not get better. NOW I think I stand a pretty good case since its so clogged that forms of Life are growing and feeding off of the clog!

Anyone else run into this?
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Anonymous (27.99.104.20) – 11.19.11 18:41:31
I have one mushroom growing in my bathroom in Australia, It appears every few weeks and lets the BLACK SPORE stuff all around it on the tiles, We have poured bleach and other chemicals on it to try and kill it but nothing works.. Please Help?
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Anonymous (76.28.12.129) – 11.19.11 22:12:08
We moved into our house 2 years ago. Have a wood cathedral ceiling in living room. We saw black mold on ceiling near fireplace a year ago. Had to patch roof near chimney, then had wood w/mold removed and sprayed beneath, new wood ceiling put up. Just noticed a mushroom growing in corner of ceiling and fireplace. ugh!
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PS (123.98.138.5) – 01.03.12 06:32:04
Ahhhh yes!! The old muchroom in the bathroom trick. Seen a few pop in the shower of 2 seperate sharehouses I've lived! Cute things, the latest one had a perfect stem and looked like a regular mushroom wasn't game to eat it however. I dare say it may be linked to possible cleanliness issues! Good luck with your mushrooms, they're tough to get rid of once you have them!
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Anonymous (50.44.44.182) – 01.03.12 18:47:36
I HAVE FOUND THE CURE CONCROBIUM KILLS MOLD OR MUSHROOMS WORKS BY CRUSHING SPORES AND NOT TOXIC PS BLEACH ONLY WORKS MATERIALS THAT CANT ASORB WHEN BLEACH IS USED ON POROUS MATERIALS LIKE WOOD IT ACTUALLY KILLS THE SURFACE BUT FEEDS THE PORES WATER AND THERFORE GROWS BACK GOOD LUCK
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Anonymous (31.96.249.134) – 01.11.12 19:31:40
Hi
Soooooooooo Glad I found the site.
I thought i had Aliens or a dead body under ground when i found mushrooms in one corner of my bathroom.
But I found maggots around it..Anyone else have that problem??

I was so scared to sleep tonight so i looked on google and THANK GOD I found you all o this site...please help with my problem of maggots and mushrooms!!

I will try the vinegar!
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puertas de herreria minimalistas (46.251.237.242) – 01.18.12 18:07:48
Es serio? No!~ Es no posible!
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Anonymousi have mushrooms in myh kitc... (92.20.31.166) – 01.27.12 19:10:03
i have mushrooms in my kitchen cuoboard cant cget rid of them
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Anonymous (ip98-185-63-27.rn.hr.cox.net) – 05.03.12 16:00:11
I'm glad I found this board! I had a leak in my shower pipes, and it has seriously damaged the wood in the wall. Ripped out the walls a few months ago, and now there are mushrooms growing from the dry rotting wood. Not to mention a serious mold/mildew problem in the shower etc. I'm going to get a dehumidifier tonight, a ton of bleach, a mask, and go to town cleaning this shit
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Anonymous (c-76-31-81-171.hsd1.tx.comcast.net) – 05.08.12 23:27:54
So they are like slugs, you put some salt on them and they go away?
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Anonymous (74-61-200-36.bos.clearwire-wmx.net) – 05.18.12 16:28:38
Adding my two cents to this mushroom discussion. I have an extreme leak problem at the base of my bathtub that often floods the basement. I finally stopped the leak several weeks ago.(was not aware of it at first). At first, a few days ago, I saw what looked like a curled-up dry sliver of bar soap. I forgot about it, saw it again much larger and looking like a round ravioli in color and texture. That's when i realized it was growing and I was quite grossed out! I used a paper towel to break it off the stalk. It felt meaty and I had to tug to break the stalk, didn't look at it closely. I hope I didn't spread any spores. I am going to try diatomaceous earth. It disturbs me that this fungus will grow right through straight bleach.
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Anonymous (24.128.24.159) – 06.20.12 01:43:39
Do I need to move out?! I just saw a tiny growth on my ceiling under the bathroom...thought it looked like a freakin mushroom! UGH!!!!!!
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Anonymous (150.231.246.1) – 08.02.12 18:49:49
Yes actually they are dangerous because of the spores.. If you have any respiratory problems expect them to me magnified significantly and if you don't expect to start... I have the same issue in my bathroom, i rent and have told my landlord several times now. But since i have lived here with In three months i had a noticeable difference In my breathing an have been having to see a specialist for a yr now an can not find a medication to to get it under control.. I have started realizing my 8month old hacking lately... I need to get out but I'm a single mother financially on my own and a move is not possible
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Anonymous(cleveland) (12.228.240.2) – 10.25.12 14:56:28
I too have found mold growing in my children's bedroom base of the wall.There is a bathroom on the other side of their room and it was quit alarming to see.I first did the bleach treatment,then they told me it came back and that bothered me and I notified my landlord immediately.
Mushrooms aren't to be ignored but taken seriously.I didn't know there were so many stories about this issue all over the world.
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Anonymous (71.21.151.0) – 12.07.12 20:26:07
I live in Central Texas. We have a lot of humidity here. I was cleaning the bathroom about a month ago and noticed something strange on the floor between my vanity sink and the toilet. I touched it and it was slimy. I left it and told my hubby the next morning about it and he took it out by using a flat shovel. Then this morning I saw another one growing between the tub and the plastic strip we installed next to the tub. They are almost white with a hint of a yellow color to them and the tops are round and kinda flat in the middle. I am going to try that TKO If I can find it. Thank God I am not the only one having this problem. I just hope they are not a health risk for us.
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Anonymous (98.127.229.74) – 12.09.12 22:47:58
I found a lasagna looking mushroom today, growing in the carpet in the closet.
I noticed a wet spot on the carpet leading to the hallway and I wasn't sure why the carpet was damp/wet. So I started looking at the hot water heater and noticed that one of the lines had some leaking; not a lot of leaking, but leaking.
The closet is right next to the hot water heater closet.

I pulled back a plastic, storage bag, to see if the carpet was wet; the carpet next to the hot water heater; and that is when I noticed a white lasagna looking mushroom growing, in the carpet. It grossed me out and I feel terrible to think that I could have such a problem.

I left the mushroom alone and took a few photos of it. I did get the water leak fixed and noticed already the mushroom appears to be dying; it's been about 8 hours of no water dripping.

Hopefully this will stop the mushroom from coming back. The wood is old in this home and there have been water leaks in the past.

I'm glad I'm not the only one with mushrooms growing up from the floor.

Nonetheless, it's embarrassing to have such a problem.
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Love Jesus...but not mushrooms (96.42.144.12) – 08.26.13 12:51:33
Ick... Just found 2 in my northern Mi home next to tub. Studying up to do battle. Has anyone tried using vinegar, with any success ??
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Anonymous (76-202-150-66.lightspeed.milwwi.sbcglobal.net) – 06.13.14 22:35:40
We have these yellow waxy looking sort of flatish, round fungus growing in the corner of our bathroom behind the toilet. We know that it's a water leak problem causing it, and it appears to have worsened since it got warmer outside, just in the last two weeks. I'm sneezing almost every time I go in the area. We had our bathroom "redone" in 2006 and covered up the old floor with vinyl tile which is now stained looking. Now I know it's the mold, I've only noticed these yellow nasties for less than a year and at first thought it was the glue used to put up the drywall leaking out ...but actually they use nails not glue ... How that's even possible I don't know, but I didn't know mushrooms could grow in all these places ppl are posting!! We'll have to remove this old wet wood beneath the pseudo tile, our health is way too important to just keep cleaning up these yellow nasties. We need to get rid of this mold where do we start???
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