I've just pruned the leaves that have died off of my Dracaena Massangeana houseplant. I covered its ailments in two previous questions:
The dead leaves came off very easily, and I reached the core of the stem where I saw what looked like white "mold" in small patches (roughly 3 mm in diameter) around the dead part of the stem.
At this point I put on gloves and moved my plant somewhere away from the other houseplants in my room in order to avoid contaminating them.
I am worried that being around and breathing the air potentially contaminated with whatever was growing and affected my plant may have adverse health effects on me.
Specifically, from researching the spots on my plant's leaves, one of the likely results was Fusarium Leaf Spot Disease. From another cursory search, it appears that fungus of the Fusarium genus may produce mycotoxin that is harmful or even lethal to humans.
I imagine it's hard to identify exactly what the growth on my houseplant was, but I want to be sure I am not harming my health as a result of having dealt with it in the same confined space where I spend much of my day and sleep.
- Is there a risk of infection or general health risks for me after having dealt with this plant with bare hands and without any protection for my respiratory tract?
- Should I take action to prevent potential further complications, such as leaving my room or airing it thoroughly?