Mold Allergies – A Resilient and Challenging Trigger
Mold is an often overlooked cause of typical-looking allergy symptoms, as well as symptoms that may not look like a traditional allergic reaction. Mold lives everywhere. Mold grows best in moist conditions, but many varieties of mold spores can survive long periods of dryness in a dormant state and be reactivated when the right level of moisture cycles back into the environment.
If you have a mold allergy, your immune system overreacts when you breathe in or ingest mold spores. A mold allergy can make you cough, make your eyes itch and cause other symptoms that make you miserable. In some people, mold allergy is linked to asthma and exposure causes restricted breathing and other airway symptoms. Mold can also be linked to sinusitis, sinus headaches and migraines.
There are thousands of species of mold. Because of its resilience, mold allergies can challenging to identify and overcome. The fungus can grow in your basement, in your bathroom, under your sink due to an undetected leak, in the pile of dead leaves out in the yard, and in the field of uncut grass down the road.
Mold allergy symptoms can be similar to those of other respiratory allergies:
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Irritated eyes
- Itchy throat
- Headaches & migraines
- Sleep apnea
Mold can also trigger or aggravate asthma symptoms.
Like most allergies, the best defense to a mold allergy is to avoid or reduce your exposure to the types of mold that cause your reaction. Once identified, medications can help keep mold allergy reactions under control. But to know what to avoid, you have to know what varieties of mold trigger you and your unique biology.
An allergen profile is a blood test that measures antibodies against common food and inhalant allergens, providing accurate and convenient testing for common allergies in symptomatic patients. When symptoms and signs are apparent, a series of allergen-specific IgE antibody tests determine a patient’s allergy to one or more substances. The symptoms and signs of allergies are wide and varied.
ARCpoint Labs of Chicago Loop screens for a large variety of molds and other fungi, including candida albicans. No insurance or doctor’s order is required to have these screens performed. Call today for more information and start the path to managing your health and feeling better.