Spotting the Difference: Allergies or Mold?

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Are you getting the dark spots on your skin frequently? Or the cold is taking too cold to cure and usually comes back? Well, in that case, taking pills for cold will do no benefit because it might be the mold to blame. Many people are unaware of the allergies associated with mold that can initially look like a cold or some other sort of skin allergy. You might be wondering what the difference between them is?


What is mold allergy?


In the presence of molds, the immune system of a person overreacts on inhaling mold spores and fungus particles suspended in the air or residing over various surfaces. The symptoms are similar to cold that includes-


  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy Eyes
  • Runny or Stuffy Nose


Unlike cold, the mold allergy can last a year-long, and the condition can be worsened when exposed to dusty and damped weather outside.


However, these symptoms can vary from person to person, depending upon the accumulation of molds in the place. For sensitive people, mold reactions could be so severe that they end up having serious problems like asthma and sinusitis. Continued exposure to mold can even be worse, causing hypersensitivity pneumonitis and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis.


What is mold and how can it be identified?


Mold is a fungus that is reproduced through spores when suspended in a moisture-filled or humid atmosphere. They tends to thrive in a damp environment, usually the bathrooms and basements but can stick to any moist surface. Besides damaging the walls, furniture, they can be harmful to the health of humans and animals. They could be of black, white, green, orange, or purple color.


In a small amount, it causes no harm, but once it starts to multiply, long exposures can make anyone sick. Therefore, if you find any surface or area in your place getting affected by mold, call for professional mold remediations and removal services.


Where can you find mold?


As discussed earlier, molds can grow at any place where moisture levels are high and this may include walls, fabrics, bathtubs and showers, insulation, ceiling tiles, dust, paints and furniture. But sometimes finding mold is not that easy because it could be hidden. Inspecting unusual areas like inside refrigerators, humidifiers, attics, wallpapers, drywalls, stuffed toys, mattresses, upholstery and crawl spaces should also be on the priority list. It is easy to spot mold on areas that are visible to eyes but hard to make out when considering hidden spots.


How to get rid of mold?


If your house has a mold problem, then try to eliminate damp surfaces and reduce the moistures content of your home. You can dry out the place by using dehumidifiers and an air conditioning unit with a HEPA filter all around the house. Besides drying the air, they tend to remove mold spores from the air. But apart from considering these factors, it is better to hire a mold removal company who are prepared for such situations.


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