What Is a Mold Allergy?
If you are allergic to spores of molds or other fungi, and this allergy occurs over several seasons, you may have a mold allergy. Molds are everywhere, and spores can be sent everywhere in the air if you upset a mold source.
Mold and mildew are fungi, organisms that live to decompose and absorb the organic material. Spores, which can be viewed as “seeds”, travel through the air. Some spores spread in dry, windy weather. Others spread with the fog or dew when humidity is high.
Allergic symptoms from fungus spores are most common from July to early fall. Allergic reactions can occur year round, though, as fungi grow in many places, both indoors and outside, which is similar to pet allergies.
Only a few dozen molds actually cause allergic reactions.
Where is mold grown?
Many molds can be found in areas such as rotting logs and fallen leaves. They can also be found in compost piles and on grasses and grains. Molds do not die with the first killing frost, unlike pollens. But most outdoor molds become inactive during the winter.
When spring comes, mold comes back as it is grown on plants killed by the cold. When indoors, fungi grow in damp areas and can be found in common household areas such as the bathroom, kitchen, and basement.
How to prevent a Mold Allergy
Reducing mold growth in your home can be a big step, but there are some ways to solve this dilemma:
- Eliminate sources of dampness in basement
- Keep organic plant containers clean and dry
- Use a dehumidifier
- Change filters on your furnace
There are also other major risk factors that can affect homes from getting mold, which include living in a house with high humidity and living in a house with poor ventilation.