How does mold allergy affect the body?

When someone with a mold allergy inhales mold spores, the immune system releases histamine, which causes tissues to swell. This inflammation leads to a variety of symptoms that affect the respiratory system, sinuses, and eyes. If you have asthma, a mold allergy may worsen your systems or even cause a severe asthma attack. Having a mold allergy can also put you at risk for more serious complications like fungal infections in your sinuses or lungs.

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Environmental Allergies

Environmental Allergies

With environmental allergies, reducing your exposure to whatever is irritating you is key. Some people are allergic to household cleaners such as laundry detergent, hence the many varieties of mild detergent. With common irritants ...

like mold and dust, a cleaning routine can help. Reduce mold by removing houseplants, using a dehumidifier, avoiding carpet in the bathroom and cleaning indoor trash cans and shower curtains with a mix of water and chlorine bleach. Reduce dust by replacing carpets with wood or linoleum, removing drapes and feather pillows, regularly vacuuming soft furniture and floors, and washing bedding weekly.

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