Over 1000 species of mold exist and most of them are too small to be seen except under a microscope. Not all types cause mold allergies, and you may be allergic to one type of mold and not another.
Mold grows wherever dampness, humidity, and moisture are high. Various parts of your house like the bathrooms, under sinks, and in basements can be problem sources for mold. It’s common outside as well, in a pile of damp leaves, for instance, or anywhere that water remains and doesn’t get the opportunity to dry out. The mold releases tiny spores into the air that when inhaled by an allergic person, cause a range of symptoms from itchy, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, postnasal drip, and itchy, watery eyes. For the most part, mold allergy symptoms resemble those of hay fever.
You may suffer from this allergy all year long, or only experience flare-ups at certain times of the year or when you’re in places with a high concentration of mold. If you also have asthma, exposure to mold could trigger an asthma attack for you. A family history of allergies in general and asthma do mean an increased chance of having a mold allergy.
At Bluegrass Allergy Care, we can identify which types of mold are causing your allergic reactions and provide treatment to bring you relief. Call us today to schedule an examination.