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Mold allergy is not nearly as common as you might have thought
considering there are thousands of different molds. But out of
those thousands about a dozen can cause an allergic reaction.
Molds and fungi grow in all kinds of environments and they
really do nicely inside. Outside molds don’t really have a
season that causes trouble. If you have asthma that is a
result of a mold allergy the best thing you can do it so avoid
the mold spores. Of course completely avoiding them is pretty
difficult, especially air borne molds. Thankfully there are
asthma medications that work well.
Wondering what the symptoms are for a mold allergy? They are
the same as any other respiratory allergy. Sneezing, cough,
runny or stuffy nose, postnasal drip, watery eyes, itchy eyes,
itchy nose and throat, sinusitis, and skin rash and for some it
causes asthma which has shortness of breath, wheezing, and
A mold allergy is caused when you come into contact with the
mold spores and your body thinks they are a foreign invader so
it develops an antibody to fight it. Even after the exposure
is over you body will continue to produce antibodies so they
will remember this invader the next time contact occurs. The
reaction causes your body to release histamines which are what
cause your eyes to water and your nose to run.
Toxic black mold is the mold allergy that made the news awhile
back because it caused serious lung disease and caused hundreds
of homes to be condemned as unfit to live in. Black mold is not
a medical term but rather the slang it was dubbed at the time.
This greenish black mold develops after serious water damage
has occurred and although it has been directly linked to severe
mold allergy the scientists still haven’t been able to determine
The treatment for a mold allergy is the same as with any other
allergy. There are several different types of medications both
over the counter, prescription, and natural supplements that can
For an asthma type mold allergy inhaled corticosteroids can be
used if you have symptoms more than twice a week your doctor
will likely put you on a corticosteroid medication.
For some the mold allergy results in an instant asthma attach
when exposed. Bronchodilators are quick to act bring relief
from asthma attack symptoms almost instantly.
Antihistamines are used when the immune system over reacts to
the mold allergy producing histamines. Histamines cause watery
eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and other symptoms. Claritin and
Allegra are two common antihistamines that are used.
When a mold allergy causes mucus and sinus problems then using
a decongestant can bring relief from those symptoms. Common
decongestions include Claritin-D and Allegra-D with the D
standing for decongestion. Often an antihistamine and
decongestion are combined to get the best relief.
There are also nasal sprays, immunotherapy which is a series of
shots, and natural supplements that can help boost the immune
system and bring your body into balance. Some can even relieve
your histamine symptoms.
If you have a mold allergy it is important to deal with the
mold itself whenever possible and then choose the correct
treatment for your situation. It always pays to try natural
options first before restoring to chemical solutions.
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