Are you allergic to mold?

Spring is here and the damp weather can bring lots of mold, you or a loved one could be allergic!

Molds are various types of fungi (singular = fungus) that grow in filaments and reproduce by forming spores. The term mildew is sometimes used to refer to some kinds of mold, particularly mold in the home with a white or grayish color or mold growing in shower stalls and bathrooms. Mold may grow indoors or outdoors and thrives in damp, warm, and humid environments.

  • Mold may live indoors or outdoors and thrives in damp, warm, and humid environments.
  • Although shower stalls and basements are typical moist areas prone to the growth of molds, any moist area in the household may harbor mold.
  • Allergic reactions to mold are the most common health effects and risks of mold. Mold allergy symptoms and signs include

 

  • wheezing,
  • rash,
  • watery eyes,
  • runny nose,
  • itchy eyes,
  • skin irritation or rash,
  • coughing, and
  • redness of the eyes.
  • The best way to prevent mold in residential areas is the control of moisture.
  • There are no EPA or government standards that have been established for mold or mold spore levels in residential or commercial areas, so it is impossible to prove that a building or room is in compliance with any regulations concerning mold exposure.

If you expect you have a mold allergy, we can help. Schedule an appointment with one of our board certified allergists today!

Info from: medicinenet.com

Posted April, 11, 2016