Are Mold Allergies Making You Sick?

Are Mold Allergies Making You Sick?

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THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF MOLD ALLERGIES

Do your allergies flare up when it rains? If so you may be suffering from a mold allergy. While mold allergies are far from lethal, they can seriously take their toll. Below, we’ll provide you with ways to recognize when a moldy menace is growing in your home. We’ll also review how you can identify the bothersome symptoms of mold allergies. But first, a little background on mold.

Mold 101

There’s nothing fun about this species of fungi. Molds can grow both indoors and out, thriving in warm, humid climates. Spread by spores, seed-like entities that travel by air, water and insects, mold can be tough to eliminate. Mold spores are also what humans breathe in, leading to nagging allergic symptoms and blog posts written about mold sickness. You see, it all comes back to the spores.

I Spy Mold

There are several ways to detect mold. You can see obvious mold with your naked eye, and you can detect hidden mold with the help of a mold remediation specialist. If you’re experiencing mold allergies, but can’t see any mold, it may be behind your walls, under your carpets, in your heating and cooling ducts or in crawlspaces.  We’ll go over the symptoms of mold sickness shortly, but first here are the visible signs that mold is in your home. If you can see water damage on your walls or ceilings in the form of discoloration, bubbling or chipping paint and bulginess, this can be a sign that you’ve got mold. These visual cues are often supported by a musty smell.

Homes that are built with more modern designs and installed with advanced appliances are becoming more susceptible to surface mold growth. Stucco and drywall can let moisture in and clothes dryers and dishwashers create vapor. In other words, they’re mold magnets. Consider surface areas and appliances such as these when hunting for the silent invaders. Wherever humidity is high, like showers and basements, there is a higher chance of finding mold.

Thermal imaging can locate the source of leaks and expose hidden water damage –moisture responsible for mold growth.  When choosing a mold remediation company, be sure they use the most advanced thermal imaging technology.

Knowing the Symptoms of Mold Allergies

Just because you can’t see the mold, it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Your body can serve as a mold security system, with your allergic reactions sounding off to let you know mold is in your home. Just like other upper respiratory allergies, mold sickness can manifest in the form of sneezing, coughing and nasal congestion. You may also experience watery eyes, a postnasal drip, and itchiness of the eyes, nose and throat. The extent to which you experience mold sickness may vary. Some have it flare up seasonally, while others have it year round. Some have it only during damp and humid weather.

A note about asthma: Mold allergies can trigger asthma attacks. If you have asthma and start to experience trouble breathing or tightness in the chest, contact your doctor ASAP.

Removing Mold

If you have mold in your home, depending on the damage, you should immediately research mold removal methods or contact a company like Environmental Consulting Group that specializes in locating water leaks, finding water damage, mold detection and mold remediation.