Mold thrives in moisture so areas in your home where water can accumulate are the places prone to mold build up. These tiny mold spores can become airborne and cause mold allergy symptoms and reactions. Molds are a part of the natural environment and can grow both indoor and outdoor –making it a difficult allergen to outrun. There’s around 1,000 types of mold in the United States and many can’t be identified by the naked eye which creates further difficulty.
Mold Allergy Symptoms
Similar to other respiratory allergies, mold allergies can cause the following symptoms:
- Runny Nose
- Eye Irritation
- Itchy Throat
- It can also trigger or enhance asthma symptoms.
Mold Allergy Treatment
- Consult an allergist to do a mold allergy test. We can perform a skin or blood test for mold exposure.
- Antihistamines and decongestants can relieve mold allergy symptoms.
- Take allergy medicine regularly.
The best way to prevent mold allergies is to control mold growth by managing mold growth in your home.
- Audit your home and identify problem areas.
- Clean or remove the molds.
- Install mold-resistant products.
- Clean up spills or leaks quickly to prevent mold growth.
- Use dehumidifiers to reduce moisture.
- Regularly clean gutters.