Source: www.aafa.org, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
If you come in contact with mold and are allergic to it, you may have symptoms. This is called an allergic reaction.
When my boss decided to let me work from home most days, I set up an office in my basement. After a few weeks, I sneezed and coughed when I worked in my home office. Then my eyes started to itch. I had never had allergies and didn’t realize these were allergy symptoms. I told an allergist about my symptoms, and he diagnosed a mold allergy. When I got home, I checked the basement carpet and found that it was damp. I pulled up the carpet and cleaned the floor. My symptoms are gone, and now I enjoy working at home again. — Arnold, age 54
What is mold?
Mold is a fungus, which makes spores rather than seeds like plants. These spores float in the air like pollen. When people with a mold allergy inhale the spores, they get allergy symptoms. There are many different kinds of mold. Some kinds you can see, others you can’t.
Outdoor molds can grow on rotting logs and fallen leaves, in compost piles, and on grasses and grains. Unlike pollens, molds do not die with the first frost in late fall or early winter. They just stop growing during this time. In the spring, they grow on plants killed by the cold.
Indoor molds grow in places where there is moisture, such as the kitchen, bathroom, and basement.
Who gets mold allergy?
People with parents or brothers or sisters who have allergies to such things as mold, pollen, and animal dander (tiny flakes from the skin, hair, or feathers of animals) most likely become allergic to mold.