Springtime Allergies or Mold Allergies?
We’ve had a few sunny days so far this spring and it’s been wonderful to be able to head outside and enjoy the weather. Unfortunately the warm weather also means it’s pollen season which can be quite irritating for you and your family.
What you may not know is that if you tend to do spring cleaning around this time of year, mold spores can become disturbed and end up decreasing your home’s indoor air quality. Between the pollen outside and the mold spores inside, it can be hard to determine which is causing you the most harm. Here’s how to distinguish between seasonal allergies and mold allergies.
Seasonal Allergies. These symptoms will generally be much more severe and the onset will be more sudden. You and your family may experience sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, a cough or postnasal drip, itchy or water eyes and a scratchy throat. One of the biggest differences between seasonal and mold-related allergies is that the seasonal allergy symptoms will almost always occur when you’re outside. Hives are also a common complaint for those allergic to grasses.
Mold Allergies. Mold allergies are much harder to pinpoint, but chances are you or your family members are suffering from mold-related allergies if the symptoms listed above don’t go away after taking over-the-counter medications. The symptoms will be less severe than a seasonal allergy attack, but they are more persistent. Many sufferers will go weeks, months or even years before realizing their allergies are due to mold inside their home. Note that these allergy symptoms will occur while indoors and if you spend time in places such as attics, basements and crawl spaces.
Have you been suffering from allergies and believe there’s a mold problem in your home? Contact our professional mold removal experts today for immediate assistance. BGS Environmental Services, Inc. is here to make sure your family is in good health this season.