Allergy symptoms in winter may be sign of mold in the home

There are many factors that can cause people with allergies to have continuing symptoms throughout the winter, from pet dander to dust mites. However, if you're taking measures to eliminate allergens in your home and still experiencing symptoms similar to allergies, you may be experiencing a reaction to something else. If you've looked around thoroughly and still can't see what might be causing the problem, there's a high probability it could be hidden mold.

According to physician Ann McClue, allergic reactions to mold can be difficult to diagnose during the traditional allergy season because the symptoms are often indistinguishable from those of hay fever. Common reactions to mold in the home can include coughing, sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes, exactly what allergy sufferers experience during hay fever season.

If you suspect your continuing allergic symptoms might be due to mold, you should contact a professional to help you deal with the problem. Also, contact your doctor to get tested for a mold allergy.

However, there are also a few common-sense steps you can take to limit your exposure to mold in your home throughout the day. Allowing any particularly damp areas in the house to dry out is crucial for preventing mold growth, so always remember to use the vent fan while showering or boiling water to allow the moisture to escape. Also, avoid installing any carpet in damp areas of the home, as it will trap moisture between the floor and the bottom of the carpet, creating a breeding ground for mold spores.

If you suspect your home may have a mold problem, contact Alban Inspections for a home inspection today.