Is Hidden Mold Making You Miserable?Hyla Cass
Tired of sneezing, watery eyes, or scaly skin? Your seasonal allergies may actually be caused by mold. We’ll explore the subject of mold allergy, its symptoms, and what you can do to prevent it.
How Mold Makes You Sick
As long as some moisture is present, mold, a fungus, can grow on almost everything. The beginning of fall is the ideal period for many outdoor molds to flourish since they can grow on grasses and grains, in compost piles, or beneath decaying logs and dead leaves. As an alternative, mold can thrive all year round in moist basements, humid laundry rooms, or wet bathrooms.
Unlike plants and animals, molds reproduce and spread through their spores, which are incredibly small and light airborne “seeds.”
When you breathe in mold spores, and you have a mold allergy, your immune system overreacts. Coughing, itching eyes, and other unpleasant symptoms can occur, and some people with asthma experience dangerous breathing difficulties.
About 20% of people in the US have mold allergies, which are classified as environmental allergies, which cause two-thirds of cases of asthma.
Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with environmental allergies, mold spores may make you reactive. The body responds to mold exposure by generating antibodies. For those who have a mold allergy, in particular, repeated exposure causes a more severe reaction that may include the following. These are allergic rhinitis symptoms common to all upper respiratory allergies:
- runny or congested nose
- postnasal drip and cough
- Itching eyes, nose, and throat
- scaly, dry skin
The severity of mold allergy symptoms varies among individuals. You might experience symptoms all year long or only during particular seasons. You can get symptoms when it’s humid outside or in an area with many indoor or outdoor molds.
How to Avoid Mold
Reduce Humidity Level in Your Home
To prevent mold in your home, you must manage moisture. Make efforts to reduce the humidity level in your home. Ensure adequate ventilation. Any water leaks must be fixed immediately.
Get the Mold Out
If you have mold, you must remove it. Any carpets, rugs, or other fabrics that became wet but weren’t dried soon enough should be discarded. Mold cannot be entirely removed from ceiling tiles or other absorbent materials.
Use the proper home cleansers or combine 1 cup of bleach with 1 gallon of water to make a cleaning solution. When clearing mold on your own, it is important to put on protective clothing, such as gloves and a respirator. You shouldn’t perform your own cleaning if mold triggers serious reactions.
I actually recommend using a mold professional, as mold detection and remediation require specific expertise. This is especially warranted where water has been contaminated by sewage or other toxic substances, or you are highly reactive to mold..
The standard of care includes antihistamines, nasal steroids, and other medications to help alleviate symptoms. Your doctor might recommend inhaled steroids or other medications if you have asthma. Always consult your physician before using any drugs, including over-the-counter allergy treatments.
My preference is a more natural approach that goes beyond symptomatic care. There are many nutrients and herbal formulas that help with allergies. You also need to avoid foods to which you’re reactive, to decrease the allergy load.
An Air Doctor to Clean Your Air of Mold
Allergy symptoms can be avoided by reducing your exposure to mold, both inside and outside your home. You need to remediate existing mold and prevent new invasions.
Air Doctor purifiers with their UltraHEPA filters are incredibly effective at capturing mold and mildew spores as well as smaller airborne contaminants such as viruses, bacteria, and smoke. The ideal way to keep mold species out of your indoor air is by using your AirDoctor 24/7.
Get one now and prepare to see a reduction in your mold allergy symptoms.