Mold Allergy

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The main culprit to winter allergies are due to a fungus called mold?  Have you ever wondered why you still have that runny nose, itchy eyes, nagging cough and fatigue even though there is no tree pollen or ragweed in the air?  You are probably suffering the effects of a chronic mold allergy.

Mold can grow indoors and outdoors. It is often found on compost, decaying leaves in the winter, wooded areas, wet carpets, bathrooms and window sills, any area that doesn’t have ventilation in the winter. Any porous material like cotton, paper, wood, leather, wallboard and of course foods, can become a breeding ground for mold spores. Unlike pollen and ragweed, molds do not die with the frost, instead they lay dormant until the conditions are ripe to begin growing again. The right moisture, temperature, oxygen, and nutrients can cause mold to grow and spore. Molds use spores to reproduce in the same way that plants use seeds.

Once formed, the spores of mold are released into the air and spread to create new mold colonies. If a spore lands on a suitable material and other environmental conditions are suitable then the spore can germinate and begin to create another new mold colony. One of the main environmental requirements for the spore to grow is moisture; most spores need the surface to be damp for 24-48 hours which is why the rain and snow in the winter create a perfect environment for them.

In the fall and early winter months piles of leaves collect and absorb moisture and cold, damp air promotes mold growth in many outside locations. Mold loves to hide away in dead vegetation, this is where they thrive because they are not killed by winter frosts. Something most allergy sufferers do not know is that many molds can become dormant during the winter months and then grow on plants that have been killed by the cold when springtime arrives . This is how mold becomes a year-round allergy trigger.

Common symptoms of mold allergies are:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Cough and postnasal drip
  • Itchy, watery eyes, nose and throat
  • Sinusitis, an inflammation of the sinuses

When it comes to food which contains mold, remember that you do not need to see the mold in order for it to be present. Molds have branches and roots that penetrate into the food where they cannot be seen. In addition, if you ever see mold on bread, cheese, berries, etc. the entire package needs to be discarded as mold send out poisonous fumes called mycotoxins, a metabolic by-product which can cause serious illness as well.

Foods that often contain molds are:

  • Cheese
  • Beer/Wine
  • Mushrooms
  • Vinegar; foods containing vinegar; salad dressing, catsup; pickles
  • Sour cream, sour milk, and buttermilk
  • Meat or fish more than 24 hours old
  • Breads and other food made with yeast
  • Sauerkraut
  • Pickled and smoked meats and fish
  • Dried fruits; dates, prunes, figs; raisins
  • Soy sauce
  • Hot dogs, sausages
  • Canned juices

If you believe you suffer from Chronic Mold Allergies, please call our office at 703-273-0573 to make an appointment, so we can test the severity of the your sensitivity and begin to heal your internal organs from mold infestation. Often we find mold in chronic lung, sinus, liver and intestinal disorders. Many times it is even the root cause of weight gain!  So come on in to see if we can help heal your mold allergies.  We offer healing treatments in the form of NAET, Neurolink, and vitamin and homeopathic supplementation. Mold is a problem for your health, but one that can be healed with the proper regimen. 

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