Mold Spore Allergies

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Mold Spore Allergies Cause Problems

Most health professionals and researchers now agree that mold spore allergies are fairly common throughout the United States. Pollen from trees, weeds, and some grasses, as well as mold spores, are a major cause of allergic rhinitis. With a mold season that begins in the spring and peaks at the end of the summer, mold spores can persist well after a frost that kills pollens.

Mold spores can lay dormant for what has been estimated at millions of years. It takes a specific combination of the right temperature, an organic food source, and moisture for mold to grow. Unfortunately, in many areas of the southern United States, these conditions exist virtually year round, and an allergy to mold spores can be a real problem.

Mold Spore Allergies and Your Home

Mold is classified as a fungus, and there are thousands of species of molds. Mold spores are reproductive seeds. They are often airborne, and, once they are in your home, it may be hard to eliminate them. Airborne mold spores can get into a person's nasal passages, mouth, and even lungs where they can cause mild to serious allergy-like symptoms.

The effects of mold spores can be reduced by eliminating the controllable element: moisture. Checking for leaks in your attic, walls, or basement can help. So can wiping down your bathtub or shower after use. Making sure that refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers are clean and leak free is also a good idea. If you find mold in any of these areas, you may need the services of one of the local mold experts you can find online. Remember that allergy-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, itchy eyes and throat, and fatigue, that last all year round may very well be the result of a mold spores allergy.

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