Allergy Shots

Cures for Mold Allergies

Molds are small fungi that release microscopic spores into the air, which you then inhale into your lungs when you breathe. In some people, the body’s immune system overreacts when it comes into contact with mold, producing an allergic reaction. Signs of a mold allergy include sneezing, watery, itchy eyes and coughing. The most effective cure for mold allergies is to reduce exposure to the allergen. Prescription and over-the-counter medications can also provide relief from mold allergies.

Limiting Exposure

Limiting your exposure to molds is the best way to prevent allergy symptoms from occurring. In theory, completely eliminating your exposure to molds would stop all symptoms of mold allergies, but in practice this is nearly impossible to achieve. Instead, focus on removing mold from your home and addressing possible mold contamination in your workplace. Air conditioners and HEPA air filters, for example, can reduce the amount of mold spores present in the air.

Mold Removal

Check your home for signs of mold, then take steps to remove it. Mold and mildew are often present in damp areas, such as basements and bathrooms, and may also be found near pipes, upholstery and in refrigerators and garbage cans. A cleaning solution of bleach and water, or straight vinegar, can be applied to the mold to remove it. Be careful to keep all areas of your home dry to avoid a recurrence of mold.

Medications

There are a variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications that can reduce your mold allergy symptoms. Antihistamines, decongestants and nasal sprays, for example, can be very effective at treating mold allergies over the short term. However, some medications used to treat mold allergies may have side effects such as sleepiness, dry mouth, constipation, nervousness and irritability. Talk to a doctor about the best medication for your mold allergies.

Allergy Shots

Allergy shots (also called immunotherapy) can be an effective treatment for people whose mold allergy symptoms are severe and do not respond to other treatments. If you opt for allergy shots, your doctor will inject a small amount of allergen into your skin. These shots are continued over several weeks or months until your body builds up a tolerance to the allergen. Immunotherapy is very effective at reducing or eliminating allergy symptoms in most people.

Alternative Treatments

There are a range of alternative treatments available for mold allergies, though doctors disagree about their effectiveness and safety. Techniques such as yoga and acupuncture may improve your body’s immune response to mold allergens. Certain supplements may also claim to reduce mold allergy symptoms. While some supplements may have health benefits, they can also interact with medications you are already taking, or could even cause an allergic reaction themselves. Always talk to your health care provider about all the treatments you are pursuing.