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Which Types of Molds Am I Allergic To?

When it comes to mold, there are hundreds of varieties, but only a dozen or so of these cause allergy symptoms.  The outdoor growing season for molds starts in the summer and ends late in the fall. During this time, they release their spores, which are easily smuggled into your house on shoes or blown indoors through open windows.  It is when molds invade your home that they cause allergy symptoms year-round.  In addition, they can also cause people with allergies to other elements like pollen or animal dander to become sensitize to spores.

 

Here are some of the worst allergy-causing mold varieties:

 

·Alternaria - Spores cause severe reactions and is often growing indoors on carpets, textiles and window sills.

 

·Cladosporium (Hormodendrum) - causes skin rashes and irritation to the upper and lower respiratory tract as well as extrinsic (immediate onset) asthma.

 

·Aspergillus - causes not only allergies but several allergy related diseases (including fibrosis or permanent lung damage.

 

·Penicillium - causes allergies as well as other diseases like mucorosis when the spores are concentrated in an indoor environment.

 

·Helmin thosporium - causes upper respiratory tract irritation and allergic reactions.

 

·Epicoccum - causes upper respiratory tract irritation and allergic reactions.

 

·Fusarium - causes sinusitis as well as other serious diseases and can affect the central nervous system.

 

·Mucor - causes skin rashes and lower respiratory tract irritation. Also has been reported to enter the body through open cuts.

 

·Rhizopus - causes allergies as well as infections and is growing most often in old food, fruit, nuts and house dust.

 

·Aureobasidium (Pullularia) - causes allergies and is often growing on caulk or window frames in bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens.

 

 

Symptoms of Mold Allergies:

·Runny Nose and Nasal Congestion

·Itchy, Watery Eyes

·Sneezing

·Cough

·Burning Sensation in Throat or Lungs

·Sinus Pressure and Facial Pain

·Sinusitis, or Chronic Sinus Infections

·Skin Rashes or Hives

·Reduced Lung Capacity or Difficulty Breathing

·Unpleasant Taste in Mouth

.Nose Bleeds

 

 

•John P. Lapotaire, CIEC
•Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant
•Microshield Environmental Services, LLC
www.Microshield-ES.com       www.CFL-IAQ.com

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