According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, about 8 percent of adults in the United States suffer from “hay fever” or seasonal allergies. These typically flare up in the springtime, and while they can be annoying they are often expected.
Unexpected springtime allergies
What many people don’t expect is having to deal with a second, less common type of spring allergen: mold. We have a blog post on mold sensitivity if you’re not familiar with it, but it’s essentially an allergy like any other. It can also flare up during the springtime due to the warm temperatures encouraging mold growth. Usually, the symptoms are usually very similar to other seasonal allergies, including but not limited to
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Postnasal drip or congeestion
Telling mold and pollen allergies apart
But how can you tell the difference between regular pollen allergies and an allergic reaction or sensitivity to mold? Here are a few things to note when you’re trying to figure it out.
- What time of day do you notice your allergies?
- Does it get better if you take measures to keep pollen away? Have you tried shutting windows and using an air purifier, or avoiding outdoor activities?
- Is it worsened after a rain, when dampness can cause mold to grow more prevalent?
There’s always a chance you have an allergy to both mold and pollen, which you can confirm by speaking to an allergist. They will help you come up with a treatment plan to prevent a reaction. At the end of the day, though, the easiest way to combat a mold sensitivity is to stay away from mold in the first place.
Are you suddenly experiencing allergy symptoms when you haven’t before? Do traditional allergy remedies not seem to be working? Contact the Flood Medix! We can examine your home for mold and make sure you’re getting clean, fresh air to keep you healthy and safe.