While it’s impossible to tell how many people across the U.S. are allergic to mold, you can probably tell if you’re one of them – but you need to know what signs and symptoms to look for first.
Signs and Symptoms of Mold Allergy
Mold can be incredibly dangerous, and it thrives in warm, damp and humid conditions (such as those in a home after a flood or fire). Some of the most common indoor molds are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria and Aspergillus.
Some people are more sensitive to molds than others are. Here are a few signs and symptoms that might suggest you’re allergic to mold:
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose
- Post-nasal drip
- Itchy eyes
- Itchy nose
- Itchy throat
- Watery eyes
- Dry, scaly skin
These symptoms can range from mild to severe, and they all warrant a trip to your doctor. If you’ve recently experienced a flood, house fire or other emergency, let your doctor know – it could help your physician provide you with the most accurate diagnosis possible.
If you haven’t experienced a disaster in your home, you can take these steps to help decrease your potential exposure to mold:
- Add mold inhibitors to paints you’re using around the house
- Clean your bathrooms and kitchen with mold-killing products
- Don’t put carpet or rugs in the basement
- Keep carpet out of the bathroom
- Keep your home’s humidity levels below 50%
- Make sure your home has adequate ventilation
- Remove and replace any carpets or upholstery that was soaked before
- Use a dehumidifier
- Use an air conditioner
Do You Need to Talk to a Disaster Remediation Expert in Ann Arbor?
If you’ve had a fire or water damage (or both) in Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter or a nearby community, we can help.
Call us at 734-352-9183 or contact us online so we can schedule an appointment to analyze the situation and help you get back on track.