Mold Allergy

Mold Allergy

Mold on a wallAlthough there are many different types of allergens, one of the more common reasons why you may be suffering from allergic symptoms is due to a mold allergy. Mold is present in the air around us and it is a common part of our environment. If you are allergic to mold and are in the area where it exists, it can lead to other reactions and symptoms that can either be mild or quite severe. If you are concerned that you may have such an allergy, you can have a skin test done at Better Faster Urgent Care to verify it and to know what can be done to reduce your difficulties.

Some of the more common symptoms that may be associated with the mold allergy include itchy eyes, coughing, runny nose, stuffy nose, itching on the roof of the mouth and watery eyes. Those allergic reactions can be either mild or they can be more severe, depending upon your sensitivity to mold and how much mold you are exposed to. In some cases, however, mold allergies can be very severe and it can lead to serious problems, including asthma like symptoms, a difficulty with breathing and even anaphylaxis.

The first step in managing a mold allergy is to have a test done. At Better Faster Urgent Care, we do skin testing, in which a small amount of the protein from the allergen is injected under the skin with a pinprick. The areas where the pinpricks are given are marked on the back and if any type of reaction is evident, it is known that you have an allergy.

There are many different types of mold that may be a problem in the Southlake area. At Better Faster Urgent Care, we test for a number of different types of mold, including Alternaria, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Curvularia, Mucor, Dreschslera and Penicillium. After being tested, you may find that you are allergic to one specific type of mold or you may be allergic to a wide variety of molds as well.

Mold Allergy Symptoms & Asthma

In some individuals, a mold allergy goes beyond the common symptoms of itchy, watery eyes or a runny nose. For those individuals, a severe allergic reaction can occur that leads to an asthma attack. This could either be individuals who have a pre-deposition to asthma or it can include others who don’t have asthma, but have similar symptoms because of the allergy. Some of the symptoms of an asthma attack include tightness of the chest, wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.

It is important not to wait until you have a severe reaction to see a physician. If you have persistent symptoms and are concerned that you may be having a difficulty with mold allergies, you can come to Better Faster Urgent Care for professional, courteous service. We do our part to make sure that you get the care that you need quickly and conveniently by a staff of professionals that care for you in a similar manner that you would receive if you were in the emergency room, only faster.Allergy panel graphic

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