Mold Allergies Posted on October 18, 2013 at 1:08 pm.Written by Peter Kakoczky Are Your Symptoms Caused by Mold Allergies? Do you feel like you are “doomed” to live with cold symptoms forever? Is it one of those seasonal colds or sinus infections that you just can’t get rid of? You’re sneezing Wheezing Coughing Congested You have watery itchy eyes You have constant postnasal drip Irritated throat Headaches Irritated Skin Maybe it’s not a cold or sinus infection at all…maybe you have a mold allergy. Mold allergy symptoms are frequently thought to be cold symptoms, the big difference is that cold symptoms eventually go away – mold symptoms remain as long as you are exposed to mold spores. Does Mold Affect Everyone the Same? Not everyone has an allergic reaction, but those who do can become very uncomfortable, even to the point of becoming very ill. In fact, if you’re someone who suffers from asthma, exposure to mold may cause your asthma symptoms to get worse. People who are at the highest risk of health problems from mold are: The very young The elderly People who already have respiratory problems such as asthma, other allergies or emphysema Weakened immune systems such as people going through chemotherapy, those who have HIV and those who have had organ transplants. How Does Mold Make You Ill? Mold is a living organism (a fungus) that grows and reproduces as tiny, microscopic spores are formed and released into the air. As the spores land on a surface that offers them what they need to live, moisture and organic materials for food, they can begin to grow. Because mold spores are always in the air around us, whether we are inside or out, they can find their way into our bodies naturally as we breathe. This usually isn’t a problem unless the mold spore levels are too high. If you’re experiencing symptoms that just don’t seem to go away, you should examine those places where you spend a lot of time, home or work, to see if there is mold growing there. Look in places Where there might be water leaks Where there may have been flooding On your walls or ceilings In your carpet or behind your wallpaper. In your basement or crawlspace One family had a leak from their dishwasher they weren’t aware of. Over time, the linoleum on their kitchen floor started turning gray. As they investigated and found the leak, the mold on the linoleum and on the plywood flooring became evident and had to be replaced. You may need an expert to locate and determine the extent of the problem. Contact us if you think you have a mold problem – we know what to look for, where to find it, and what to do when its found.