Understand the symptoms of mold allergies and what makes you susceptible to the condition.
A mold allergy originates from mold spores, which are minute, air-borne particles (similar to pollen) that float in the air. Molds are tiny fungi that thrive in damp environments, and can be found inside homes as well as outdoors. Mold spores are the key allergens in mold, and these reach your mouth, nose, and nasal passage through the air to trigger an allergic reaction.
All of us breathe in mold spores through the air, but this does not affect everyone adversely. If your immune system is overly sensitive to mold spores, the chances that you have a mold allergy are high. In some people, this allergy is even linked to asthma. People with family members who are allergic to mold, pollen, or animal dander are more likely to have mold allergies.
Although not a life-threatening condition, mold allergies can affect your daily life and make it uncomfortable. It is not a seasonal allergy, and thus people who have this condition might experience the symptoms during any season of the year, unlike some other allergies.
The symptoms of mold allergies are similar to those of other airborne allergies. These may include:
Mold allergies can also trigger symptoms of an asthma attack, such as wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest. Since these symptoms are similar to a cold or sinus infection, you may not realize that you are allergic to mold at first. However, consult your health practitioner if your symptoms get worse.
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