Things You Should Know About Mold AllergyThe
University of Michigan Health System reports that because of the wet
and relatively mild weather this winter throughout much of the country
- particularly the Northwest and parts of the Midwest - mold and other
spring allergies could be especially bad this year. While numbers
are inconclusive on how many people are sensitized or allergic to
mold, it is a common problem.
the dampness and lack of snow cover we've had, we may have more
molds this year than in years past," says Andrew Singer, M.D.,
clinical instructor in the Department of Internal Medicine's Division
of Allergy and Immunology and in the Department of Pediatrics and
Communicable Diseases at the University of Michigan Medical School.
that of the patients he sees who have hay fever or nasal allergies,
20 to 30 percent of them also have sensitivities to various molds
and that mold can be a big problem for people with asthma. Mold
allergy symptoms may include a running nose, frequent sneezing,
red and itchy eyes, as well as symptoms in asthmatics that may include
increased coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and a greater
need for rescue medications used to control asthma.
the University of Michicgan Health System, here are seven things
you should know about mold and allergies:
1. People with
sensitivities or allergies to mold should limit camping and walks
through tall plant growth, limit their exposure to disturbed plant
materials, seal off moisture sources and use humidifiers indoors,
beware of cool-mist vaporizers that can harbor mold if not cleaned
daily, and remove visible mold by scouring with a bleach solution.
2. Mold allergies
can trigger a person's asthma, as well as causing symptoms such
as sneezing, or a stuffy or runny nose.
3. Signs of
a mold problem in the house include: moisture or water damage such
as leaks, stains, discoloration on the walls; growths that are black,
yellow or other colors and have a texture like leather, cotton or
velvet; and musty or earthy odors.
4. While some
mold is visible, mold growths also can hide under flooring, behind
furniture, or inside of walls.
5. There are
more than 100,000 types of mold. Varieties of black mold can be
particularly harmful to one's health.
6. When mold
is growing on porous materials such as drywall, plaster, paneling,
ceiling tiles or carpet, completely remove the material, bag it,
and discard it. Non-porous materials, such as metal and glass, do
not need to be discarded.
7. If you have
allergies, asthma or emphysema, check with your doctor before cleaning
an area that has mold, or have someone else do the cleanup.
be very difficult to get rid of once it has gotten into your house.
I think first and foremost, you should make sure you eliminate the
source of the water, fix any leaky pipes and keep the internal environment
as dry as you can. Then you should use a bleach solution to clean
the obvious mold that you see," Singer says. "The problem
a lot of times is with porous things such as wall board, fiber board
and insulation, where you may clean only the surface mold and not
touch the mold that's deep down below the surface."
He also recommends
that they see their allergist, internal medicine provider or family
medicine provider to make sure a chronic sinus infection isn't causing
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