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.
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.
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.
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.