Mold allergies can be tough to shake off. The mold fungus can grow in your basement, in your bathroom, in the cabinet under your sink wherein a leak was not given immediate attention, in the pile of dead leaves in your backyard, and in the field of uncut grass. Most molds are not visible to the naked eye. Tiny mold spores become airborne and can cause allergic reactions to people having mold allergies. Don’t let allergies keep you from doing the things you love! The best way to manage and to prevent mold allergies is to see an allergist and have a mold evaluation of your home done by ServiceMaster by PWF.
If you have mold allergies, your immune system reacts disproportionately when you breathe in mold spores. A mold allergy can make you cough, cause itchy eyes and other symptoms that make you suffer and be miserable. For some people, mold allergy is connected to asthma and exposure causes constricted breathing and other airway symptoms.
The best defense is to lessen your exposure to the types of mold that can cause serious reactions. Medications can keep your mold allergy reactions under control.
Who’s at Risk?
Inhaling or touching mold spores can cause allergic reactions especially to people who are sensitive to molds. People with grave or serious mold allergies may have more critical reactions, including shortness of breath. For asthmatic people who have mold allergies, breathing in spores can also increase their asthma attacks.
Here are some people who may be more sensitive to the effects of molds, in addition to people with allergies and asthma.
- Infants and children
- The elderly
- People whose immune systems are weak due to HIV infection, cancer, liver disease or chemotherapy
- People suffering from chronic lung disease
Mold allergy causes the same signs and symptoms that happens in other types of upper respiratory allergies. Signs and symptoms of allergic rhinitis caused by mold allergy includes:
- Runny nose
- Cough and post-nasal drip
- Itchy eyes, nose and throat
- Watery eyes
- Dry, scaly skin
Mold allergy symptoms change from person to another and differ from mild to severe. You may have all year-round symptoms or those that flare up only during certain times of the year. You may notice symptoms during moist weather or when you are in indoor or outdoor spaces that have high presence of mold.
Mold allergy and asthma
Your asthma symptoms may be triggered by exposure to mold spores if you have mold allergy and asthma. Exposure to certain molds can cause serious asthma attacks. Signs and symptoms of asthma include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
To summarize, mold and mildew are fungi. They are very different from plants and animals, especially in how they reproduce. The spores or what we call “seeds” are airborne. Other spores spread in dry and windy weather. Some spread with the fog or dew.
Inhaling the spores can cause allergic reactions. Fungus spores that cause allergic symptoms are most common from July to early fall, but fungi grows both indoors and outdoors, year round.
There are many types of molds but only a few dozen cause allergic reactions. Most molds grow on rotting logs and plants. Molds do not die when a killing frost comes. Outdoor molds are less active during the winter season. Molds grow in damp areas when indoors. They can usually be found in the bathroom, basement, and kitchen.
Mold allergy symptoms are very similar to other allergic symptoms like sneezing, itching, runny nose, congestion, and dry and scaly skin.
Hay fever symptoms are caused when mold spores get inside your nose. Asthma is triggered when they reach the lungs. Another thing that causes the symptoms is a chemical released by allergy cells. There are times that a mold allergy can cause delayed symptoms that lead to nasal congestion or trigger asthma over time.
Sometimes a mold allergy can cause delayed symptoms, leading to nasal congestion or worsening asthma over time and this means that you have already acquired a mold allergy.
Mold remediation services in Green Cove Springs can be a big help to your mold problems at home. ServiceMaster by PWF offers superior mold removal and restorations in your area. We provide mold inspection and remediation services in Keystone Heights, a mold removal company in Orange Park and Penny Farms. We give services to Fleming Island, Asbury Lake, Lakeside, Middleburg, Oakleaf Plantation and Doctors Inlet in Florida.
We also extend our services to the neighboring counties of Clay, Florida. If you would like to get rid of molds in your homes and offices, give us a call or contact our offices near you. Pinellas, Duval, Clay and St. Johns at (866) 599-0871.