A mold allergy attack can be life threatening when it isn’t treated in a timely manner. What’s more is that it needs to be treated effectively. That leads many people to wonder what the best mold allergy treatment actually is, or what kind of side effects they may have. But first, we have to define what exactly is mold allergy.
Mold allergy can have a lot of different symptoms, ranging from cold and flu-like symptoms all the way up to sudden hair loss and difficulty breathing. The high range in the severity of symptoms means that if you spot any kind of mold allergy symptom, immediate treatment is necessary. Sinus congestion and headaches can also be a major factor in a mold allergy attack.
Mold Allergy Diagnosis
How do you know if you are actually allergic to mold? Well, there are three different tests to see if you’re allergic to mold. The first is a physical examination, where a doctor or allergist determines if you have a mold allergy.
Second, there’s a skin examination, where a doctor or allergist tests your skin against mold. However, this will only determine whether you are allergic to specific species of mold that you’re being tested against, so it’s recommended that you be tested against a number of different species.
Lastly, there’s a blood test for mold symptoms. This essentially boils down to a sample of blood being taken and then tested against the presence of mold antibodies. While this can be used to test against a lot of different mold types, it’s not as fast or as effective as a skin test.
Mold Allergy Treatment
Now that you know whether or not you’re allergic to mold, you have to think about mold allergy treatment and medication. The first major way to prevent a mold allergy attack is to avoid mold in every way possible, both by not eating foods such as mushrooms which may have mold and by removing any mold that may be in your home. That way, you’re proactively ensuring that you won’t need any kind of mold allergy treatment.
However, not everything goes as planned, so you might need some form of medication if an allergic reaction happens. Basic treatment can be purchased over the counter in almost any pharmacy, but a doctor can prescribe a stronger medication if necessary. Aside from that, there are also shots available. However, these are normally used as a last resort by doctors if all other medications have failed to tackle the issue as these are a lot stronger than any other mold allergy treatment available.
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