If you suspect you might have a mold allergy, or if you have similar symptoms that continue to persist, consult an allergist. Skin or blood testing can 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 pre-emptively take allergy medications — if you’re going to be around potential sources of mold, such as when doing yard work. Once you are home, remove any mold spores by rinsing your nose with a saline solution and taking a shower.
Another key step in the treatment of mold allergies is guarding 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.