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UNDERSTANDING

ALLERGIES

Be greater than your allergies

Be greater than your allergies

 

DIFFERENT TYPES OF ALLERGENS

 

MOLD ALLERGY BASICS

 

MOLD ALLERGY BASICS

Mold spores are in the air everywhere. Inside, mold is at home in moist, dark places—like basements, bathrooms, and behind kitchen appliances—circulating via heating and air-conditioning systems. Outside, mold thrives in the woods, on fallen leaves and dead plants in the garden, and even on some grains and grasses.1                                                                                                                                   

TYPES OF MOLD THAT CAN CAUSE ALLERGIES:

BLACK MOLD

This type of mold tends to grow on building materials like fiberboard and gypsum board, and on paper, dust, and lint. Black mold growth is a result of excessive moisture from extreme humidity, flooding or other types of water damage.2

SNOW MOLD

As the snow begins to melt in the spring and the ground warms up, the conditions become perfect for snow mold’s fungal spores to thrive. Snow mold comes in two varieties—grey and pink—and both can bring on nasal allergy symptoms.3

LEAF MOLD

Piles of rotting leaves provide the ideal conditions for mold to thrive. And unlike pollen, which is killed with the first frost, leaf mold goes dormant in the winter but begins growing as soon as the weather warms up in the spring.4

MOLD ALLERGY SYMPTOMS:

Mold allergies can affect us all year long and bring on nasal allergy symptoms like nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose, and itchy, watery eyes.

MOLD ALLERGY TREATMENTS:

Mold is tough to avoid because we’re exposed to it both indoors and outdoors. Find out how
Getting Comfortable with Nasal Sprays can help you treat your mold allergy no matter where you are.

 

Sources:

1. US Environmental Protection Agency. Mold and moisture: a brief guide to mold, moisture, and your home. http://www.epa.gov/mold/pdfs/ moldguide.pdf. Accessed February 5, 2015.

2. CDC.gov. Facts about Stachybotrys chartarum and Other Molds. http://www.cdc.gov/mold/stachy.htm. Page updated September 18, 2012. Page accessed February 24, 2015.

3. The Lowdown on Snow Mold. Donna M. Boyle. McCauley News. Volume 32, Number 3. April 2011. http://bmcnews.org/story/the-lowdown- on-snow-mold. Accessed February 23, 2015. 

4. AAFA. Mold Allergy. http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=8&sub=16&cont=58. Most recently updated in 2005. Accessed on February 24, 2015.