Allergies to pollen occur only when the particular plant is flowering, usually in the spring, summer or fall. But mold allergies can be year-round. While medication can keep your symptoms under control, the best defense against this type of allergy is to reduce your exposure.
Mold Allergy Symptoms
The symptoms seen with a mold allergy are similar to other environmental allergies, including:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Postnasal drip
- Itchy eyes, nose and throat
- Watery eyes
- Dry skin
Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Many see an increase in the severity of their symptoms when the weather is damp or if their indoor space has a high concentration of mold.
Relationship to Asthma
Asthma symptoms are often triggered by exposure to mold. Since mold spores are inhaled, they reach the lungs and can cause a release of histamine. Certain molds can cause a severe asthma attack in some.
Asthma symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Tight chest
How to Prevent Mold Allergy Symptoms
The best way to reduce your allergy symptoms is to avoid contact with mold spores both within your home and outdoors. Below is an outline of measures that can help.
- Limit your time outside during days with high mold counts
- Wear a mask when working with grass, plants and leaves
- Use an allergy-friendly filter in your central air conditioning system
- Lower your indoor humidity
- Prevent a buildup of mold and mildew in bathrooms, basements and laundry areas
- Remove carpeting
- Clean sinks and tubs
- Repair plumbing leaks
- Clean your refrigerator regularly
- Use your exhaust fan or open a window when showering
- Promptly deal with wet clothing
- Clean the rubber seal and inside door of your washing machine
- Recycle old books and newspapers
- Use a dehumidifier
- Throw away old clothing and bedding
- Repair leaks in your roof and gutters
- Increase air flow in your home
To learn more about preventing and treating your allergy symptoms or to schedule an appointment with a professional, contact Texas ENT & Allergy today.