The Chicago mold count is usually at its highest during the spring and summer months, though mold allergy sufferers can be affected year round. Heavier periods of rain, mixed with higher temperatures and humidity levels, create the perfect conditions for mold to grow in wet grass and leaves, compost piles, and rotting farm crops. Microscopic mold spores travel quickly and easily through the air making it difficult for those who are allergic to mold to breath freely, even when they limit time outdoors.
Mold allergy symptoms
Mold allergy symptoms include:
Roughly 10% of the population suffers from mold allergies, but it can be difficult to distinguish the symptoms from seasonal allergies or asthma. With in-office allergy testing we can isolate the causes of your nasal symptoms and breathing difficulties. Once you have a better understanding of your allergen triggers you can be prepared to ward off allergic reactions and control your symptoms.
Mold allergy prevention
Beyond finding the right mold allergy treatment, here are some tips for reducing exposure to mold spores:
- Add HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters to your home air conditioners
- Use the A/C when in the car and keep windows closed
- Shower and wash your hair immediately after being outside to rinse away microscopic mold spores
- Wear a mask when doing yard work or home improvement during periods of high mold count
- Avoid using humidifiers and thoroughly clean dehumidifiers with bleach
- Maintain your furnace and replace the filter every 3 months
If you suspect mold in your home, have your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) tested by qualified remediation experts. The musty odor that accompanies mold releases volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can also trigger allergic reactions. Prolonged exposure to household mold can lead to more significant health problems.
Mold allergy treatment
Clarity Allergy Center provides comprehensive mold allergy testing, diagnosis and treatment in the Chicago-land area. In addition to serving the Chicago area, Clarity Allergy Center has an office in Arlington Heights and conveniently serves the following surrounding areas:
Morton Grove, Skokie, Lincolnwood, Glenview, Evanston, Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Niles, Kenilworth, Wilmette, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Elk Grove, Buffalo Grove, Bartlett, Lake Zurich, Schaumburg, and Elgin