Mold Allergy a Year Long Risk

Posted Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Did You Know? 55% of the U.S. Population test positive for 1 or more allergens

An Allergy that Affects the Body Year Round 

During the summertime season many people are affected by many types of allergies more so than other seasons.

During the fall months mold flourishes in tropical areas, causing more damage to the immune system and can prolong allergy like symptoms on a long term basis. 

This guide is intended to help educate patients on what mold is, what the signs and symptoms of mold allergies and identified preventative measures that can be implemented.

01 | What is Mold? 

Mold is a fungus that multiplies and spreads indoors, as well as outdoors, when an existing substance or material becomes affected by access moisture or is dampness in the air.

Mold creates spores, similar to seeds that become airborne when pollen travels. Like pollen, mold can affect people when spores are inhaled causing allergies. Mold spores, unlike pollen stay airborne year round and continue to multiply.

02 | Signs and Symptoms

Mold Allergy signs and symptoms are similar, to a person suffering from an upper respiratory allergy. Allergic reactions to mold vary on a case-by-case basis, but generally the symptoms may include:

  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy eyes, nose and throat
  • Sneezing
  • Hives
  • Stuffy or runny nose

Those suffering from asthma may also display the following signs and symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Chest tightness
     

03| Preventative Measures

Although the signs and symptoms listed may not be life threatening, there are still negative effects that range from moderate to severe. Here are some proactive ways to reduce mold in your home to help avoid allergies.

  • Cleaning areas prone to moisture including:
    • Garbage can and surrounding areas such as where the garbage can is stored.
    • Bathroom and kitchen sinks should be cleaned on a monthly basis.
    • Areas in the refrigerator like the door gaskets and drip pans.
  • Keep the home dry – using a dehumidifier can help free the air of moisture. Also, repair any water leaks where mold is likely to grow and open windows to help decrease moisture in moisture prone rooms.  

Speak to your medical provider or allergist on how to avoid or alleviate allergy symptoms. For additional resources and information on Mold Allergies visit: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mold-allergy/basics/definition/con-20025806

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References

http://acaai.org/allergies/types/mold-allergy

https://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=24&cont=345

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/indoorenv/mold.html 

 

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