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Ways to Break the Mold
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Reactions to mold account for a large percentage of chronic sinus infections, asthma, rhinitis (runny nose), headaches, confusion, and many other health complaints. From a clinical perspective, it is one of the most difficult allergies to treat. However, with proper clean up and prevention of further mold growth, air filtration, and dietary and nutritional therapies, these chronic health conditions may be eliminated.

Mold, not always, but in the majority of cases, has an odor. If you have unexplained respiratory issues, look closely around your windows, under your sinks, in your bathrooms, and anywhere else that moisture collects. If you don't see signs of mold, consider using a mold plate test kit which will collect and culture mold spores. If the test results are positive, a more thorough inspection is necessary, as mold can grow in carpets, behind walls, on wood, and anywhere moisture is present.

Clean mold off hard surfaces using water and detergent, then dry completely. Absorbent materials, such as ceiling tiles and drywall, will need to be replaced. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) by venting bathrooms and dryers, using air-conditioners and dehumidifiers, and by using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, or cleaning.

Air purifiers, with both a HEPA and carbon filter, also provide significant relief. The HEPA filter removes spores, pollens, and other particulates from the air, and the carbon filter removes odor, mycotoxins, and other chemicals or gases.

Food allergies may also be contributing to your health issues. The term "total antigenic load" refers to the total number of items you are allergic to and your body has to deal with at any one given time. In other words, while you may be allergic to foods in your diet and also to mold spores, it may be the addition of each allergy together that causes you to have symptoms. The most common food allergies are dairy, wheat, corn, and soy. Removal of these items from your diet for a period of two to four weeks may be beneficial or you may want to ask your physician to perform a food allergy test. In general, blood tests are better than skinscratch tests for food allergies.

There are also numerous supplements that have provided significant relief to people with mold allergies. Long term fish oil supplementation, for example, is effective in reducing inflammation in the body. Many herbs, such as nettles, stinging nettles, eye bright, lobelia, feverfew, butterbur have provided significant relief as well. Many products contain a combination of herbs for a synergistic effect. The flavonoids bromelain and quercitin are also helpful in providing mold allergy relief. You might also consider homeopathy as an effective method, either in single remedies or in combinations, for pollen, dust, and mold.

Mold allergies most often require a multi-faceted approach. Removing mold and its spores, eliminating your food allergies, and utilizing the proper selection of supplements to reduce your symptoms may lessen your chances of suffering from typical chronic mold-related conditions.

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