Molds... yuck! A fungus -- that's disgusting, right? And what does mold have to do with nasal allergies and asthma? The answer to that question is, "Quite a lot, actually." Both indoor and outdoor molds are common allergy triggers, resulting in the following symptoms: Stuffy nose/head Runny nose/post-nasal drip Sneezing Itchy nose and/or throat Itchy, watery, burning, red eyes So, What ARE Molds Exactly? Molds, or more correctly, mold spores are tiny fungi that are widespread in most homes. This isn't the type of mold that strikes fear into our hearts with images of severe illness and death. That type of mold is usually referred to as "black mold" (and is known scientifically as stachybotrys chartarum ). It is found in 2% to 5% of American homes. Under certain environmental conditions, stachybotrys chartarum may produce several toxic chemicals called mycotoxins, but there is currently no evidence that the small airborne levels found in residential settings...
So, I left my office for a stroll in the summer sunshine, to breathe in some fresh air and stretch my legs and within five minutes my nose was stuffed, my mouth, tongue and lips were itchy and the insides of my ears were itchy too.
What was going on?
As of August 12th, here in New York, I was an itchy-mouth mess all due to an allergy to ragweed.
What is an allergy? Just to recap: allergies are an overreaction of a person's immune system to substances that normally cause no problems. These allergenic substances can cause allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, urticaria, dermatitis and even anaphylaxis.
What is ragweed? Dr. James Thompson on this site has written an excellent post all about ragweed allergy and managing it during the fall season .
For those of you wondering just what the deal is, according to Wikipedia: [Ragweed] is highly allergenic, generally considered the greatest allergen of all pollens, and the prime cause of hay fever in North Ame...
Pediatricians, general practitioners, internists, allergists and
pulmonologists can all treat asthma and allergies.
Allergists or immunologists are internists and pediatricians,
who have additional training in the immune system and special
skills in evaluating and treating asthma and allergies.
They become board certified when they pass an examination in the
specialty area of allergy and immunology. Because allergists tend
to see more allergic and asthmatic people than other kinds of
doctors, they are more experienced in treating them.
This is especially important because about 90 percent of
children and 50 percent of adults with asthma have allergies that
trigger asthma symptoms. Identifying and learning to control these
allergies can be the key to better asthma control.
Your primary care physician may refer you to an allergist to
test you for allergies and to get your asthma under better control.
Once your asthma and allergies are better controlled, you can
expect to visit your alle...
You should knowAnswers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.