What seems like a lingering summer cold may actually be an allergic reaction to mold. Allergies to mold can peak in the summer and cause cold-like symptoms all year long. Molds thrive in dark, damp environments, both inside and out. Indoors, molds grow in humid places like bathrooms, basements and laundry rooms. Molds can grow outside in compost piles and on grass and garden clippings, among other places. As we spend more time outdoors during the warm weather, we come into contact with some of these havens for mold.
With mold allergies, the allergy isn’t actually to the mold, but to the seeds or spores of the mold. These tiny particles travel through the air where they can be inhaled and cause irritation. That’s why, like many other allergies, mold allergies are often worse on windy days.
Other hot spots for mold include refrigerator door gaskets and drip pans, kitchen trash cans containing food waste, piles of damp laundry, even stacks of old newspapers waiting to go to the recycle bin. Aggressively ridding your home of mold can go a long way toward reducing symptoms of this common, persistent allergy.
If you or anyone in your family seems to be suffering from a long term summer cold, consider having your home checked for mold. A company which specializes in mold remediation can help you discover areas where mold is likely to grow, and assist with both removal and prevention.