Mold Allergies vs Seasonal Allergies: What's the Difference?
Updated: Jan 20
Seasonal allergies can feel like a constant battle. During the spring and summer months there are a lot of pollens floating through the air from plants like bermuda grass, bluegrass, nettles, tumbleweed, and trees like birch, cedar, pine, and willow. Then, instead of catching a break in the fall, more allergy-causing plants release their pollen, including ragweed, english plantain, goldenrod, burning bush, and several others.
However, mold can be an even bigger problem for people with allergies. At My Pure Environment, we are dedicated to helping you live mold-free lives. Because some of the symptoms of seasonal allergies and mold allergies overlap, you could be wondering what the difference is—how can you tell if your allergies are caused by mold?
Seasonal Allergies or Mold?
At My Pure Environment we know that because mold toxicity is not widely recognized, it can often be misunderstood or misdiagnosed. Many medical practitioners warn that biotoxins from mold can affect your body in a profound way. Mold can harm your respiratory system, immune system, and digestive system, and can even cause mental health problems like depression.
Mold Allergy Symptoms:
Tremors, weakness, and fatigue
Problems regulating body temperature
Headaches, and sensitivity to light
Red eyes, tearing, and blurred vision
Shortness of breath, abdominal pain, and numbness
Mold is not something to ignore or take lightly. For a complete list of symptoms, visit our website to learn more about mold toxicity, how to treat it, and how to remove mold from your home.
Seasonal Allergy Symptoms
Nasal congestion or running nose
Watery, red eyes
Sneezing and coughing
How to Determine if Your Symptoms Are from Seasonal Allergies or from Mold
If you’ve been exposed to mold, you probably won’t know about it right away. Some people are extremely sensitive to mold and can tell the very moment they step into a moldy space. However, most of us won’t be able to tell so quickly and need to test our air quality.
Having a professional test your home for mold is the only way to be sure you’re getting accurate results. At-home mold test kits are not reliable and usually end up being a waste of money. Whether or not the at-home test works, if you end up finding mold in your home you will need a professional mold remediation company.
To determine if you are experiencing seasonal allergies or mold allergies, ask yourself the following questions:
Are your symptoms long-lasting?
Seasonal allergies fade, change, and can be controlled.
Have you failed to control your symptoms despite great efforts?
Staying inside, keeping your windows closed, and monitoring the pollen in the air on a seasonal basis can go a long way towards preventing allergy symptoms. Experiencing symptoms after being careful to avoid triggers may mean you’re having an allergic reaction to mold inside your home.
Has your asthma gotten worse?
Asthmatic people, who are also allergic to mold, will have a terrible time trying to deal with mold exposure. They can experience severe symptoms like wheezing, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, among others. If this sounds like you or someone in your household, see a doctor for care then have your house inspected for mold.
Mold Remediation in Santa Clara, CA
Our Dry Fog technology sets My Pure Environment apart from the competition. Instead of sledge hammers and axes slamming into your mold-infested walls, tiny particles of dry fog fill the capacity of your home or office, destroying all mold cells in their path.
We offer a complete mold inspection, with a professional assessment on how to specifically treat your particular mold problem. Give us a call today! We offer free consultations in your Santa Clara home, via video conference call.
Also servicing: the San Francisco Bay area, Spokane, WA, and Coeur d'Alene, ID.
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