Mold allergies can occur during certain seasons of warmer weather, although some people may experience them throughout the year. Typically a person will begin a mold allergy treatment when the symptoms become severe, but it is actually a good idea to work on prevention even if the symptoms are not severe.
In fact, preventing mold exposure is one of the best treatment plans, because it is much easier to prevent the symptoms rather than to treat uncomfortable allergies to mold. In order to identify the best treatment plan, it is a good idea to consult with two professionals: a doctor and a mold specialist.
An allergy doctor will help you to identify the exact cause of your allergies, and you may be surprised to learn that symptoms are not always a result of seasonal, outdoor allergies. Sometimes, symptoms will be triggered by indoor mold, and the doctor will help you to identify why your symptoms are occurring.
If you are experiencing outdoor mold allergies, then you can expect the problem to continue throughout the rest of your life. There is no way to get rid of outdoor mold spores, but the doctor will help you to identify a few types of medications in your mold allergy treatment plan that can be used to reduce the symptoms.
Your mold allergy treatment plan should also include preventative measures at home, such as avoiding long periods outside near a lot of vegetation, and using a HEPA filtered air cleaner inside to reduce the mold present in the air.
The reason it is important to involve a mold specialist is because allergy problems are commonly caused by mold that is growing within your home. Sometimes mold will begin to thrive in warm, damp environments and mold growth within your home may be the cause of your symptoms.
If you have mold-related allergies or you are experiencing any type of allergy symptoms, call a mold specialist to come in and test the air in your home. They will be able to determine whether or not mold is present, and they will also help with your mold allergy treatment by helping you to get rid of the mold spores within your home.
You can follow this link to get a list of Certified Mold Testers in your area.
An indoor mold cleanup is actually a big process, because steps need to be taken to prevent cross contamination of the rest of your home. The mold affected area needs to be cleaned with a high quality biocide to completely kill all of the mold spores, and it is also a good idea to clean the HVAC system and use an air scrubber to filter the spores from the air.
Because mold can be so dangerous, you should consult with a professional before beginning the cleanup process. Your mold allergies may become worse by additional exposure while you are removing the mold. Or, more severe symptoms may occur such as autoimmune diseases or even cancer.
A mold specialist will be able to advise you on the safe cleanup practices that should be used, and they will also suggest certain types of equipment that is needed to prevent the mold from spreading. If you choose to use a professional to clean up the problem, it is a good idea to use an independent contractor, while the mold specialist supervises the process.
Once the mold has been removed, the mold specialist needs to test the area again to be sure that all of the mold has been removed. If there are still mold spores present, then the cleanup contractor will need to do more work until the problem has been taken care of.
The picture shows a closet with mold on the far wall. The mold was caused by a leaking pipe. After the mold was removed the homeowners allergy symptoms went away.
If you are allergic to mold, or having symptoms of mold-related allergies, it’s important to identify where you are being exposed to mold. It may also help your doctor prescribe the appropriate treatment if you know what type or types of mold you’ve been exposed to. A professional can test your home for mold to determine if that’s where you’re being exposed and to determine what type or types of mold is present in your home. A professional will also come back to your home after you’ve had any mold removed to test again, to make sure all the mold has been completely removed.
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