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Mold Allergy

You can develop a mold allergy from mildew and fungi. Many people have allergies that never end, especially when seasons change. Others are allergic to spores that molds and other fungi develop. Since mold can inhabit everywhere, disturbing them can cause spores to be dispersed into the air.

Fungi are different from plants and animals in how they grow and reproduce. Seeds or spores from fungi are spread by wind currents outdoors and air. Some spores are released in windy, dry weather. Other spores are usually released with fog or dew when humidity is at its highest.

Those who inhale spores often develop allergic reactions, or a mold allergy. Symptoms from fungi spores are common from July to late summer months. Unfortunately, with fungi growing rapidly in many places, a person can suffer from allergic reactions on a yearly basis.

There are many types of molds that can contribute to a mold allergy. These include but are not limited to Alternaria, Epicoccum, Mucor, Penicillium, and Aureobasidium. Many common spores are also identified when placed under microscopes; you will see that many form colonies.

Molds usually grow on fallen leaves, rotting logs, grasses, or grains. Molds don’t die when the first frost occurs like many people would like to think. Many molds existing outdoors usually become dormant during winter months. When spring arrives, they grow on plants that have been killed off by cold weather and thrive to contribute to a mold allergy.

Fungi can exist indoors, usually in damp areas such as basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. People can obtain a mold allergy if they or members of their family happen to be allergic to pollen and animal dander. If a person has developed a mold allergy to fungi only, it is highly unlikely they are bothered by all other types of fungi. Remember, different types of fungi spores are limited in their similarities. House plants that harbor fungi will cause a mold allergy, but only if the soil is disturbed. Remember, the spores of the fungi are dispersed through the air.

Fungi will definitely grow in the human body. We as humans have our good and bad bacteria. Good bacteria we have on or in our bodies feed upon bacteria that could very well cause us harm. If the good fungi happen to become overabundant, intense inflammation can recur on a regular basis; permanently damaging airway passages.

Mold allergy symptoms are similar to those of other allergies that include congestion, itching, sneezing, scaling skin, and congestion. Those who have a mold allergy may have their symptoms during the course of the summer because of molds that exist throughout the entire year.

 
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