What is mould allergy?
Mould produces airborne spores which are microscopic in size. When breathed in, they can irritate the airways and cause a respiratory reaction. Mould spores can particularly affect those with respiratory allergy and exacerbate conditions such as asthma or allergic rhinitis. They can also irritate sensitive skin and contribute to a flare of atopic eczema, especially facial eczema.
Treatments and solutions
- Moulds are prevalent throughout our environment. Most people associate mould with damp walls and similar extreme situations. We are all exposed to moulds to varying extents in our everyday activities and throughout our homes. Undertaking thorough and consistent mould reduction measures in the home can significantly reduce symptoms and the impact of the allergy. More information on how to approach this can be found within Allergy UK resources.
- Solutions which eradicate moulds and deter growth on windows, bathrooms and refrigerators is recommended. Spray form should be avoided and liquids used instead.
If you think you are affected by mould, especially in the home, then it is important to contact your GP or nurse for further advice.
For severe mould infestation, contact the environmental health department of your local authority for advice and assistance.