Mold Allergies or Hay Fever Allergies? How Do You Know?
Mold allergies or hay fever allergies often present the same allergy symptoms. Therefore, how do you know if you have mold allergies or hay fever allergies? Now that spring is in full swing and pollen is everywhere, many people are experiencing nasal congestion, runny noses, sneezing, coughing and irritated eyes. All those symptoms are both common in mold allergies and hay fever allergies, especially when high levels of pollen are present. However, if you have been experiencing any of these symptoms before spring came, or you suspect mold in your home or office space, you need to know exactly what’s going on. You need to know if you are experiencing mold allergies or hay fever allergies so you can be treated correctly.
Once mold gets out of control within our indoor environment, it can be nearly impossible to outrun mold allergies. The best way to know if you are being exposed is to have a mold test / indoor air quality test. This test will tell you exactly what types of mold are found in your indoor air and how high the levels are. It will also explain if you are truly experiencing mold allergies or hay fever allergies. The treatment for each exposure is very different and your doctor will need to know if it is mold or the environment.
Mold spores are in every home; however, it is usually found in low spore count levels. It is when the spore count levels get extremely high that we begin to suffer from mold allergies. Even people who are not truly allergic to mold will begin to show mold allergy symptoms when exposed to high spore count levels of mold. This is why mold testing is so important. Only an indoor air quality test can tell you if the air you breathe is being contaminated by mold. In some cases, mold can be growing in your HVAC system so you can’t see it. However, it is blowing mold spores into the air you breathe. In turn, this is going to eventually cause you to experience mold allergies.
Mold Allergies Overview
There are over 100,000 types of mold species. Most mold spores are invisible to the naked eye. Therefore, when we begin to see visible mold, it is because there are hundreds of thousands of spores gathered. Mold spores are so small and easy to breathe in, they easily cause mold allergies and serious health complications in millions of people each year.
Common Mold Allergies Symptoms
The most common mold allergy symptoms you may experience will include:
- Nasal Congesting
- Runny Nose
- Watery Eyes
- Itchy Throat
- Itchy Eyes
Mold Allergies Complications
Certain mold allergies can cause more severe reactions. These complications usually require medical treatment for their symptoms, however, they are usually not too serious. These include:
Asthma – Mold allergies can cause asthma flare-ups. You should have an emergency plan of action if you or your loved one suffers from asthma, or if anyone develops asthma from mold exposure.
Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis – People with asthma or cystic fibrosis may have this reaction to mold fungus in the lungs.
Fungal Sinusitis – This is a reaction from fungus in the sinus cavities that causes inflammation of the sinuses. Specific treatment is needed. A mold test will help determine if you have been exposed to mold.
Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis – A rare condition that is caused from exposure to airborne mold particles that cause the lungs to become inflamed, making it difficult to breathe.
Mold Allergies Treatment and Management
If at any time you suspect you have mold allergies, or similar allergy symptoms, you should have your home or place of business tested. In the case of mold allergies, the mold inspector can usually be a big help in identifying the source of the mold. This will help you track the cause of the mold so it can be fixed and remediated.
Mold allergies from mold exposure can happen anywhere at any time. The key is finding the cause and stopping the problem early on. For short term relief, you can try antihistamines and decongestant to relieve your symptoms. However, if you know you have been exposed to mold for sure, you should stay away from it at all times. Mold exposure can go way beyond mold allergies to more severe health complications.
Mold In Home Prevention
You can help prevent mold growth in your home by these following these steps below:
- Use your HVAC on a regular basis
- Clean up spills quickly
- Fix leaks as soon as possible to prevent mold growth
- Use dehumidifier in basements to reduce moisture buildup
- Use exhaust fans in bathrooms or crack the window
- Clear gutters annually
Testing Your Home for Mold
When you think your home has mold due to your allergy symptoms, call Morris Environmental to schedule an appointment for a mold inspection and indoor air quality test at 770-546-3998 or visit bit.ly/25yWpKW to schedule an appointment online.