Living With Mold Allergies

17 October of 2008

mold allergiesMold allergies are a major health problem that affects many different people. These individuals come from all types of age and race groups. Mold does not differentiate between age or race but some individuals are stronger and able to tolerate mold better. During the last 15 years, we have clients from all age groups and races. We find that the elderly seem to suffer more than someone younger. I would suspect lack of education concerning mold and not the age factor. Once individuals become educated, the understanding of the environment is more important than before. It could also be a monetary factor also, due to a fixed income.

Mold grows in all regions of the world. There are molds that can thrive in cold and dry regions. There are more than a dozen species of mold that thrives under snow. They live in the dark, humid conditions found under a layer of snow when it is melting. This is the type that attacks grasses in golf courses and is why it is more prevalent in colder climates. Mold is common all over the world not just in hot and humid climates.

Snow mold is caused by the following and steps must be taken to prevent this:

  1. Rake up all the leaves in the fall prior to the first snow.
  2. Be careful with using fertilizer prior the first snow.
  3. Keep the grass short to prevent matting and rake it up.
  4. Mold needs dead materials and wet conditions from melting snow.
  5. Try to spread out the snow to encourage rapid melting to dry quickly.

Individuals living in these areas are more susceptible after the snow is finally melted and winds start to blow the materials on the ground or when someone is raking it. This is a good time to have a HEPA rated filter like the Austin Air in your home. It is also important to keep your home as clean as possible to prevent mold in dust from accumulating. That is why they used to call it “Spring Cleaning“.

I have read many different articles concerning mold where a well meaning individual writes that there are only certain molds that are toxic and to be concerned about. I read one the other day where this person says there are only 12 molds to be concerned with. Be aware that some individuals are not properly educated like a Microbiologist and only express their opinion especially on Internet Blogs. If they were properly educated, they would not express things like this.

There are molds that are more toxic like Stachybotys, Chaetomium, Fusarium and Aspergillis due to the toxins that are released in the air when there are wet conditions. But always remember that the dose is the poison. Example: If you eat a teaspoon of sugar, it does not affect you unless you are diabetic. If you eat a cup of sugar, you will get sick from overload. Mold is the same way and it does not matter what species it is.

I have several clients who are “Universal Reactors” to mold. I will tell you the story about one of them: She left South Florida on the advise of her Doctor and went to Arizona. She was fine for about a year, then she started reacting to mold again. Remember, mold is universal.

If you want to educate yourself, go to an Allergists office who specializes in mold allergies. You will be shocked at what you will learn and how serious the problem really is. My personal opinion, I believe it has something to do with the food we eat. Try to eat as much organic food as possible.

In conclusion, mold is everywhere in the world. Education is important when dealing with it. Always consult with your Doctor prior to taking any kind of advice. Having a HEPA Rated Vacuum and a HEPA Rated Air Cleaner like the Austin Air is important. These items are essential when you live in a closed box like an Air Conditioned House. Some individuals have to when they are allergic to pollens or grasses but not all of us. Fresh Air is good when it is not polluted with chemicals or ozone. Try the beach sometime, you’ll like it.

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