Molds are another year-round problem affecting allergy sufferers. Mold spores float in the air, much like pollen, increasing as temperatures rise in the Spring. Symptoms of a reaction to mold allergies include sneezing, itching, congestion, runny nose and dry, scaling skin. Mold spores may enter the nose and cause hay fever symptoms, or trigger asthma if they reach the lungs. Indoor molds and mildew need dampness, and thrive in basements, bathrooms or anywhere with a leaky water source.

Mold allergens are present year round, but outdoor molds peak during spring.

More Mold Allergy Information

Mold allergies are caused by an immune system response to mold spores. Mold spores can be found both indoors and outdoors, and they thrive in damp and humid environments. Common places where mold can grow include bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and other areas that are prone to moisture. Mold can also grow on food, plants, and other organic materials.

There are many different types of mold, and people can be allergic to various types of mold. Here are some common types of mold that can trigger allergies in some people:

  • Alternaria: A type of mold commonly found outdoors in soil, plants, and compost piles. It can also grow indoors on damp surfaces like carpets and shower curtains.
  • Aspergillus: A type of mold found both indoors and outdoors in soil, plant matter, and dust. It can grow on damp walls, wallpaper, and insulation.
  • Cladosporium: A type of mold found in soil, plants, and rotting wood. It can also grow on damp surfaces like carpets, fabrics, and insulation.
  • Penicillium: A type of mold commonly found in soil, decaying vegetation, and foods like bread and cheese. It can also grow on damp walls, wallpaper, and insulation.
  • Stachybotrys: A type of mold commonly referred to as "black mold." It grows on damp cellulose-rich materials like wood and paper. It can also grow on drywall and carpet if they are damp for an extended period.

It's worth noting that individual sensitivity to different types of mold can vary, and not everyone who is exposed to these molds will experience allergic reactions. Additionally, some molds that are not listed here may also trigger allergic reactions in some people.

Mold allergies can be a frustrating and uncomfortable condition, but with the right treatment and prevention strategies, you can manage your symptoms and avoid exposure to mold. If you suspect that you have a mold allergy, it's important to see an allergist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Schedule your appointment with a board certified allergist today!

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