Like many allergies, mold allergies can cause symptoms like coughing, itchy eyes—and generally make you feel miserable. Moreover, mold allergy symptoms are triggered by an overly sensitive immune system response. When you inhale mold spores, your body recognizes them as foreign invaders and develops allergy-causing antibodies to fight them. If you have these symptoms, your best defense is to reduce your exposure to the types of mold that cause your reaction.
Mold allergy causes the same signs and symptoms that occur in other types of upper respiratory allergies. Symptoms may include:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Cough and post-nasal drip
- Itchy eyes, nose, and throat
- Watery eyes
While it isn’t always possible to avoid mold, the following guidelines may help minimize allergy symptoms.
- See a doctor. Finding out what kind of molds affect you can help you to avoid coming in contact with them. Different molds thrive in different places and under different conditions.
- Have your home and, if possible, your work tested for mold from a certified inspector.
- Check your home for leaks, and, when one occurs, dry it up as quickly as possible. Moisture is your enemy when dealing with mold.
- Buy a HEPA air purifier. They will trap most of the mold spores and pollens that can cause an allergy attack. New models can even fit on your desk.
- Keep your carpets and upholstery clean. The fibers can trap mold spores.
You may still suffer the effects of allergies throughout the year, but following the above guidelines should help minimize the symptoms.