Mold allergy: everything you need to know

Mold allergy

Mold allergy: everything you need to know

It’s what every homeowner never wants to see: mold. Whether it’s in the bathroom, a cupboard in the kitchen, or hidden behind the wardrobes in the bedroom, it’s a nuisance. And you don’t always know it’s there.

This is bad enough, but for some people, it can trigger their allergies. It’s not a seasonal allergy either, meaning they might have to live with the symptoms all year round. So what are the signs of a mold allergy and what can you do to fix it?

Mold allergy symptoms

It’s not too different from other airborne allergies, such as hay fever or dust mite allergy. If you experience any of these symptoms regularly while at home, you might want to look for signs of mold:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Blocked nose

It shares a lot of similarities with a cold, so at this time of year, you might get them confused. And if you have asthma, you might have noticed it getting worse. Mold allergy could be the cause of this.

What to do about a mold allergy?

If you’ve noticed these symptoms in the past, it might be worth investigating for mold. Check the rooms you’re in most often, such as the bedroom or living room. It might not be initially obvious where it is, so check every nook and cranny. You’re looking for the telltale black, spotty patches. Since they thrive on moisture, look around the windows. The bathroom is another place you’ll want to investigate.

To prevent mold from growing in your home, make sure the house is well ventilated. You want to do what you can to stop the moisture from building up as mold loves that. This is especially important in the bathroom if you don’t have an extractor. Open the windows, clean regularly, and maybe even invest in a dehumidifier.

Some household objects might also harbour mold, so make sure to scrub down your bins and washing machine when you use them.

If you want to be 100% sure you know what you’re dealing with, get an allergy test. This will let you know if mold is the culprit. Once you know what you’re fighting against, you can take the best steps to keep yourself healthy and symptom-free.

The allergy specialists at the London Allergy and Immunology Centre can help you with your allergy diagnosis. Register as a new patient here or call us on 02031 433 449.

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