When you have a mold allergy, your immune system becomes hindered when you breathe mold spores. This can lead to coughing, itchy eyes, and other health problems. In addition, some individuals with a mold allergy will develop asthma and other respiratory conditions. Mold testing can determine if your symptoms are caused by an allergy or not. Common symptoms of a mold allergy include:
- Dry and scaly skin
- Watery eyes
- Postnasal drip
- Congested nasal passages
- Itchy throat
- Tightness in the chest
- Shortness of breath
Mold Testing: How Does It Work?
When you visit us for a suspected mold allergy, you will undergo a physical examination to make certain it isn’t another medical condition that is causing your symptoms. Our professionals may also order one or more tests to determine if you have a mold allergy. These tests may include a skin prick test, blood test, urine test, or some other kind of test.
Skin Prick Test
A skin prick test will use diluted amounts of common mold found that is found in the area where you live. During a skin prick test, your skin will be exposed to the diluted allergens through tiny punctures. If you have a mold allergy, a skin prick test will cause you to have a hive or raised bump where the allergens were applied.
A blood test can also be used to determine if you have a mold allergy. This test will measure how your immune system responds to mold by the amount of antibodies, which are known as immunoglobulin E, found in your bloodstream. After you have a small amount of blood taken, it will be sent to a laboratory and tested for sensitivity to certain types of mold that are found in your area.
What Treatments Are Available for a Mold Allergy?
If you have an allergy to mold, you should avoid contact with the type of mold that you are allergic to, but this can be difficult because mold is commonly found indoors and outdoors. There are certain medications that can alleviate the symptoms of a mold allergy.
Do you suffer from the symptoms of a mold allergy? If so, The Metabolic Institute in Spokane, WA offers many ways to test for this allergy as well as many ways to treat it. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and get set up for mold testing!