Allergies are manifestations of sensitivities in our immune system. They can appear in several different ways, but the most common is that they manifest themselves through skin or breathing problems. The good news is that, once you know the agent that causes the allergy, treatment ends up being easier. So what to do when you are allergic to mold? How to treat this type of allergy specifically? What are the ways to prevent it from manifesting? To find out the answer to all these and more questions on the subject, read today’s text to the end and find out!
What is Mold?
To find out if the allergy we have is exactly mold, we first need to understand what mold is and why it can affect our health. In a nutshell, we can say that mold is the accumulation of several microscopic fungi that arise mainly in humid environments. This, in fact, is the ideal condition for them to reproduce and multiply, generating those famous black or dark green spots very common in humid environments.
The big problem with allowing mold to spread in environments where you have a lot of contact, is that these organisms can be harmful to our health in several ways, especially when we talk about allergies. Precisely for this reason, it is also important to understand why you are allergic to mold.
Why do you have mold allergy?
As we have already shown, allergies are nothing less than our organism’s sensitivities to a certain agent. In the case of fungi, when they reproduce, they release spores in the air, which causes us to inhale them involuntarily. Although some people do not have any reactions, those to which the bodies have some sensitivity, may have several respiratory complications due to this phenomenon.
In addition, when fungi come into contact with our skin, people can also have allergic reactions. Although it is more rare, this can also lead to several consequences and hinder someone from living normally.
Mold Allergy Symptoms
Mold itself is only a causative agent, that is, several types of allergy can manifest when there is a sensitivity to this type of fungus. When we talk about respiratory allergies, for example, it is very common for mold to activate rhinitis or even asthma from being certain people. In such cases, the symptoms are:
- Sneezing seizures
- Coughing seizures
- Difficulty breathing
- Wheezing in the chest
- Stuffy nose
- Feeling of tightness in the chest
As we have already said, there are also cases in which mold can cause skin allergies, such as hives and contact dermatitis. In such cases, the symptoms that usually appear are:
- Rashes on the skin
- Red spots on different skin regions
- Unremitting itch
- Small red or white pimples
- Skin flaking
Regardless of the type of reaction your body has, it is important to visit a doctor so that an accurate diagnosis can be made. That way, it is much easier to fight any type of allergy.
How is the Diagnosis done?
The big problem in identifying the causative agent is because the allergic reactions caused by mold can be very similar to other types of allergies , such as animal hair or even diseases caused by viruses. Therefore, it is often necessary to have specific tests to find out what really causes your allergy. Once done, an allergist can more accurately recommend treatments that will help you reduce complications caused by mold.
Mold Allergy Treatment
Like most types of allergies, the main weapon against mold allergy is prevention. This means avoiding contact with this type of fungus as much as possible. Especially in summer, where the climate is more humid, it is very common for this type of allergy to manifest itself more. Therefore, some recommendations to prevent them from proliferating are:
- Rub the walls or surfaces on which they are beginning to multiply
- Keep windows open and air circulating for as long as you can
- Leave wardrobe doors open, as well as cupboard drawers
When we talk about the specific treatment of allergic reactions caused by mold, there are some actions that can be taken. When consulting a doctor, he can prescribe corticosteroids or antihistamines to relieve symptoms or even through an injection, in more severe cases. Still, he will probably recommend that you do not contact the causative agent, in this case, the mold.
Any type of allergy can affect our life in some way, whether through breathing problems, skin or even strong reactions that prevent us from living our lives normally. Regardless of what it is, if you are allergic to mold, it is important to understand why it occurs and what are the main ways to prevent this allergy from affecting you more seriously. When you have a better understanding of a health problem, it is always easier to deal with, even if it is not that serious. And taking care of a small problem can prevent you from having even bigger complications. So, take care of your health in all aspects, no matter how small the complications. You will realize how small attitudes are always worthwhile.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.