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What is a mold allergy?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

In people with mold allergy, the immune system has mistakenly labeled mold spores as a health threat. Mold spores are tiny particles of mold that can be found in the air both indoors and outdoors. When people with mold allergy breathe in air that contains mold spores, their bodies release a chemical called histamine. This chemical leads to inflammation that causes allergy symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and watery eyes.

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