Mold Allergy Symptoms and How to Reduce Them

November 12, 2012

Mold Allergy Symptoms and How to Reduce Them

Allergies to mold may cause symptoms all year round or become worse during damp weather. Unlike seasonal allergies to substances such as pollen, mold allergies can flare up at any time. In door mold may cause symptoms to occur particularly during the winter months, as mold will grow wherever there is a substantial amount of moisture. This can include areas such as the basement wall, behind a bathroom tile or in a damp tile. Without even knowing the mold is there, people with sensitive allergies can start to experience coughing, wheezing, irritated eyes or other old allergy symptoms.

What the black mold is?

John Martyny, PhD is an industrial hygienist at the National Jewish Health Centre in Denver says, “Very often, people don¬ít really know what the problem is.” In many cases the individual will start to have mold allergy symptoms, but are not aware of the cause. The problem with this is that the symptoms are not temporary and will last all year round. Sometimes they can be bad enough to have a really interfere with daily life. Everyone is exposed to mold spores at some point, as it is a fungus that is present both inside and out and can sometimes produce a musty, irritating odour. Black mold is a low growing mold, which although sometimes referred to as toxic black mold is in actual fact, not poisonous. It does produce a particularly strong odour but any problems that it causes are either an allergic reaction or asthma. It is sometimes blamed for lung problems in infants but there is no hard evidence to support this. People with allergies will be allergic to all kinds of mold not only black mold and it is infant and the elderly who are most commonly affected.

Most common allergy symptoms

Mold allergy symptoms commonly seen include coughing, wheezing, irritated eyes, a runny nose and sore throat. Asthma attacks can also be triggered causing coughing and shortness of breath. In extreme cases more serious mold allergy symptoms can develop such as tightness in the chest and difficulty breathing. Those who are exposed for a very long period of time can suffer from lung hypersensitivity. Most people recover once the mold has been removed.

Tips to reduce allergy symptoms

There are some actions that can be taken in order to reduce mold allergy symptoms. First of all you can have your house tested for mold either using a moisture meter or a dust sample from the carpets. Any leaky plumbing should be fixed form the source as quickly as possible. Any mold found on hard surfaces can be cleaned using soap and water. Check inside dry wall and remove and replace any areas of mold. Also replace any tiles or carpet that has been affected. Reduce humidity in the home, especially in the bathrooms using proper venting and fans in the kitchen. The use of air conditioners or humidifiers in the home can be very beneficial but be sure to change filters regularly. Whenever working around or cleaning mold, wear a face mask to avoid breathing in the mold spores.

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