The Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center Pollen and Mold Counter will return February 15, 2018.
Asthma is a serious disease that affects your ability to breathe. Many people who suffer from asthma have symptoms with exposure to mold. Mold and mildew are fungi, a type of organism that reproduces via spores. Spores are airborne particles that grow in wet or damp environments. Mold can be found both indoors and outdoors. Outdoor mold is most common from July through the fall. Indoor mold can occur year-round.
Mold requires moisture to grow. Therefore, common places to find indoor mold are bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. Areas that have been exposed to leaks, floods, or poor ventilation are more susceptible to mold growth.
Utilize your heating & air conditioning system to help control mold. You should:
Because bathrooms often harbor moisture, you should:
Basements are particularly susceptible to mold growth, but there are steps you can take to minimize it:
Other strategies to reduce indoor mold growth include:
Like other environmental allergens, mold spores can trigger hay fever-like symptoms such as
In patients with both mold allergy and asthma, asthma symptoms may be triggered by mold exposure. Signs of an asthma attack include:
Most allergy symptoms caused by mold are uncomfortable, but not serious. However, there are certain allergic conditions that can be more severe. These include:
The Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center was founded in 1952. Today, the center has expanded to 12 offices in the Charlotte for your convenience. Each office has one of 15 board-certified allergists providing patient care. For more information or to schedule an appointment.