If you suspect you might have a mold allergy, or if you have similar symptoms that continue to persist, consult an allergist. Allergists are specially trained to help you take control of your allergies and asthma, so you can live the life you want. They can conduct skin or blood tests that help pinpoint the allergy.
In the case of mold allergies, you may be able to identify the source of the mold by tracking your symptoms over a two-week period, along with where you’ve been. Exposure to mold allergies can occur just about anywhere — in the home, outdoors or at work.
Antihistamines and decongestants can help relieve the symptoms. Plan ahead and wear a dust mask — or take allergy medications in advance — if you’re going to be around potential sources of mold, such as when doing yardwork. Once you are finished, remove mold spores by rinsing your nose with a saline solution and taking a shower.
Another key step in controlling your mold allergies is to guard against mold in your home:
- Quickly clean up any spills or leaks to prevent mold from growing.
- Use dehumidifiers or exhaust fans — or crack open a window — to help reduce moisture and humidity in bathrooms or other rooms in your home.
- Regularly clean garbage cans and refrigerator drip pans.
- Regularly clear your gutters, and ensure that drainage flows away from your home’s foundation.
- Consult a professional, or follow the guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency, to clean up existing mold in your home.
This page was reviewed for accuracy 4/23/2018.