Treatments for Mold Allergies

The best treatments for mold allergies is avoidance. When mold is discovered in your home have it removed immediately. Sometimes you can’t control these exposures  and other treatments for mold allergies will be required.

Pharmacological Treatments for Mold Allergies

Anti-fungal drugs are useful against chronic and acute fungal infections. They may provide relief for some symptoms but anti-fungals are best use in concert with other treatments for mold allergies, especially treatements that bolster the immune system function.

Antihistamines block histamines which are released by the immune system when you have an allergic reaction.  They help stop the runny nose, sneezing and itching often associated with allergies.  Over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamines include loratadine (Claritin, Alavert) and cetirizine (Zyrtec). Antihistamines include diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and fexofenadine (Allegra). Antihistamines can bring about drying side-effect that can make one susceptible to infections.

Nasal corticosteroids are nasal sprays that combat  inflammation caused by an upper respiratory mold allergy. They are one of the more effective treatments for mold allergies available. Nosebleeds are a possible side-effect though the majority of people don’t have problems. Examples of nasal corticosteroids are beclomethasone (Beconase). ciclesonide (Omnaris), mometasone (Nasonex) and  fluticasone (Flonase Veramyst).

Decongestants are available as both prescription and over-the-counter medications in liquid form, nasal sprays and tablets. Examples of decongestants include Drixoral and Sudafed.  Nasal sprays such asNeo-Synephrine and Afrin are available. It is advised not to use nasal sprays for over 3 days running because it can cause rebound congestion that can last longer.

Montelukast (Singulair) is a prescription pill that blocks the release of immune system chemicals that make allergy symptoms lied excessive mucus. It isn’t as effective as inhaled corticosteroids but is useful when individuals have reactions to nasal sprays.

 Cromolyn (NasalCrom) is an over-the-counter nasal spray that prevents histamine from being released. It helps relieve mold allergy symptoms by preventing the release of histamine.

treatments for mold allergiesNutritional Treatments for Mold Allergies

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America warns that consuming fermented foods can cause an increase in allergy symptoms. A bowel of sauerkraut or a glass of  red wine can cause histamine to be released by constricting blood vessels causing typical allergy symptoms.

Avoid any foods that are made with mold such as many cheeses. Stay away from yeast and mushrooms.

Avoiding sugar is critical because it encourages yeast and fungal growth. Candida is a well known example of  yeast overgrowing, often from too much sugar in the diet.

Herbs with anti-fungal properties can help ease symptoms of mold and mildew allergies. Garlic is one of the most well known anti-fungal herbs available. According to the National Institutes of Health, garlic contains the compound ajeone, which inhibits the growth of Candida and Aspergillus fungi. Other herbs with anti-fungal effects include pau d’arco, oregano oil and tea tree oil. Nutritional supplements, including vitamin C and selenium, may also help lessen allergy symptoms by strengthening the immune system.

Other Treatments for Mold Allergies

Immunotherapy requires a regimen of allergy shots. Allergy shots can be very successful in treating other environmental allergies but they have been found less effective in dealing with mold allergies.

Nasal lavage is a salt water rinse that can help relieve nasal symptoms from mold allergies. symptoms help with irritating nasal symptoms, your doctor may recommend that you rinse your nose with salt water. Nasal saline sprays are available over-the-counter at pharmacies. You can mix your own solution with three teaspoons of salt (without iodine) with one  teaspoon of baking soda. Take 1 teaspoon of this mixture and mix it with 8 ounces of water to make your saltwater solution. Neti Pots are also helpful sith sinus irrigation.

Note: You may want to refer to our articles Mold Allergies and Mold Allergies: Eliminating the Source.