Is a Mold Allergy Causing Your Mystery Symptoms ?
If you’re suffering from mystery symptoms, you don’t want anybody telling you it’s “all in your head”. The problem may be right under your nose. Even if you keep your house clean, hidden mold may still be causing mold allergy symptoms. Learn if a mold allergy is causing your mystery symptoms and what you can do about it.
What is Mold?
Mold is a type of fungus that grows in wet or damp areas. It mostly grows on plants and fibers and is commonly found growing in basements and bathrooms. Mildew is a particular type of mold that grows on shower curtains, doors and along the grout between tiles.
What are the Symptoms of Mold Allergy?
The most common symptoms of sensitivity to mold are:
- Runny Nose
- Itchy Eyes, Nose and Throat
- Coughing and Wheezing/Asthma Attacks
- Skin Irritation
People who are highly sensitive to the volatile organic compounds in mold may experience more severe symptoms such as:
- Lung Infections
- Concentration Difficulties
- Invasive Disease (In Immune-Compromised Individuals)
How Can I Treat Mold Allergy?
The best way to treat a mold allergy is to get rid of the mold that’s causing your symptoms.
You can try the following:
One of the best ways to get rid of mold in your home is to purchase a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier placed in your basement will absorb the excess moisture in the air and reduce the risk of mold growing in your home.
An Air Purifier
A HEPA (high efficiency particulate arresting) air purifier is very effective in pulling mold spores out of the air and it traps them before they have a chance to form into mold.
White vinegar is the least expensive way to get rid of mold naturally. If you notice it on your walls or bathroom tile, first scrub as much of the mold off as possible with hot water and a brush. Then, fill up a spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar and spray the moldy areas. Let it sit for an hour or so and wipe off.
If your carpets have become infested with mold, liberally sprinkle the moldy/moist area of the carpet with baking soda and let stand for one to two hours. Then, vacuum it up.
For moldy fabric shower curtains, put them in the laundry with detergent two cups of white vinegar.
While you’re clearing the mold from your home, you may want to try these natural remedies:
Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory that can reduce inflammation in your lungs and nasal passages. If you have a bleeding condition or are taking blood thinners, check with your doctor before using ginger.
Garlic is a natural anti-fungal that can kill off the mold infestation in your body. For best results, chop up and eat raw.
Yogurt contains live, active cultures that fight off mold and yeast in your body. When choosing a yogurt, select one containing no high fructose corn syrup or additives.
Orangesare rich in vitamin C fights off yeast and mold overgrowth in the body.
If you’re experiencing strange mystery symptoms, it could be related to mold allergy. These natural ways to clear mold from your home can help reduce your symptoms and have you feeling better soon.