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What Exactly Are Mold Allergies?

Molds are microscopic fungi that are key in the breaking down of decaying materials. All that mold requires to grow is moisture and a surface to feed on. Mold grows in small colonies, producing millions of tiny spores, which act like tiny eggs that are carried on the wind. Not only to spores plant new mold colonies wherever they land, but they are very easily inhaled and cause allergic reactions.


Common places where mold is found are in the folds of shower curtains, on decaying food and in flower pots.  These particular spots makes mold feel at home  - but often mold growth is impossible to see.  This is because mold flourishes inside walls, under wall to wall carpet padding and dark corners in your basement or crawlspace. For this reason, sometimes people cannot find the source of their allergies - but when the spores produced by mold hit the delicate skin inside your nose and throat, symptoms quickly follow.


Allergies are caused by your immune system as it tries to fight off what it thinks are dangerous intruders and defend your body. Unfortunately, this overactive immune response is what causes the uncomfortable symptoms associated with allergies. During an allergic reaction, your body mistakes the mold spores for a more dangerous intruder like a virus or parasite. In an attempt to protect you from the invading mold spores, your immune systems throws everything it can at the problem-causing you to have watery eyes, runny nose and stuffed up head (all of which are methods of flushing out the allergens).


Your immune system causes your cells to release tiny packets of chemicals, which are supposed to attack the intruder (in this case, harmless spores), but the large dose of these chemicals causes inflammation instead of relief. This causes your head or lungs to feel tight and makes your eyes and throat itch and burn.


•John P. Lapotaire, CIEC
•Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant
•Microshield Environmental Services, LLC

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