If you have recurring allergies over more than one season, you may be allergic to mold spores or other fungi. Mold and mildew are fungi and live everywhere. Mold reproduces by spreading tiny spores (seeds) through the air. Some spores spread in dry, windy conditions. Others spread with fog or dew in high humidity. Inhaling these spores is what causes allergic reactions.
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Symptoms of Allergic Reactions to Mold
Allergic symptoms to mold can occur year-round, but are most common from July through September. Symptoms and severity of symptoms can vary in people with mold allergies.
Minor symptoms can include:
- Nasal stuffiness
- Eye irritation
- Dry hacking cough
- Nose and throat irritations
- Skin rashes or hives
More serious symptoms can include:
- Severe wheezing
- Severe coughing
- Shortness of breath
Prevention of Allergic Reactions to Mold
- Limit outdoor activities during high mold counts.
- Wear a dust mask when you mow the lawn, work in the garden, rake leaves or handle any plant materials.