Mold can be found in a wide variety of locations including the all-too-common musty attic or basement, and outdoors in wooded areas or even backyards. Molds grow under a wide variety of wet or humid indoor and outdoor conditions.
While mold exposure is universal, symptoms depend on your sensitivity to mold, your exposure to mold, and whether you may be sensitive to other allergens. Mold allergy symptoms include:
- Allergic rhinitis
- Delayed symptoms including
The conditions that promote mold growth also increase other allergens such as dust mite.
Mold allergy treatment should first begin with reducing mold exposure by removing mold sources, decreasing humidity and increasing ventilation. Removing mold from a surface with a detergent is a good start, since molds are resistant to bleach. A sinus rinse after mold exposure may also help reduce symptoms. Sublingual immunotherapy for mold allergy is used to reduce allergic sensitivity so that over the course of treatment, you can develop an increased tolerance to mold and reduce the amount and type of allergic reactions.
Mold allergy and why Allergychoices came to be…
In 1966, Allergychoices’ Founder, David Morris, MD, attended his first sublingual immunotherapy conference. He’d been searching for an effective way to treat his mold allergic patients as mold exposure was an occupational hazard to dairy farmers. Many were non-smokers, yet they often had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Morris had seen it many times in medical school. Also called hypersensitivity pneumonititis, Farmer’s Lung usually includes asthma caused by allergies to mold that grows in hay baled while wet.
In Wisconsin’s humid summers, hay was nearly impossible to dry completely before baling. Damp hay stacked in small bales warmed as if composted, creating ideal conditions for mold growth that spewed billions of allergenic spores when the bales were opened and used for feed. Often these patients would feel so sick after receiving injection immunotherapy that it was hard for them to work. And their schedules made it difficult for them to come to Dr. Morris’ office frequently for injections.
When Dr. Morris first started his Wednesday night allergy clinic, he began offering patients a choice: shots or drops. “After three years,” said Dr. Morris, “no one was lining up for shots anymore.”