A mould allergy comes from mould spores that are carried in the air like pollen. Indoor moulds can shed spores all year long, particularly in damp environments. Mould allergies are usually perennial and people who are allergic can experience symptoms throughout the year, particularly in the autumn.
Where Mould Typically Lives
Whether indoors or outdoors, mould spores typically settle in damp spots.
Outdoors: Soil, plants, rotting wood or dead leaves
Indoors: Kitchens, bathrooms, attics, refrigerators and windowsills
Mould Allergy Symptoms
Some common symptoms of a mould allergy may include sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose, and nasal congestion. Allergy testing by a pharmacist or healthcare professional can verify whether you’re reacting to mould or have an allergy to another substance, such as pollen, dust mites, or pet dander.
Help prevent mould with regular bathroom, kitchen, and utility room cleaning. Don’t leave damp laundry lying in the washing machine for long periods of time. Wash shower curtains and bathroom tiles, grouting and fixtures with mould-killing and mould-preventing solutions. Use machine washable bath mats in the bathroom.