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Autumn Allergies to Leaf Mold

Do you have allergies in late autumn? You could be allergic to leaf mold. In autumn, leaves gather on the ground and become wet from rain and dew.  This combination is the perfect environment for molds to grow.

Mold spores can trigger allergic symptoms in your nose, throat and lungs. Molds also produce mycotoxins. These chemicals can have negative effects on your whole body including your central nervous system. Sensitivity to mycotoxins is most common with indoor molds. Our focus in this post is on the allergic symptoms produced by leaf molds and what you can do about this problem.

Mold allergy symptoms include runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, scratchy throat, coughing and most commonly,  sneezing. In addition, people with mold sensitivity may also develop severe respiratory difficulties including asthma, headaches, depression, and other health problems. Exposure to mold spores can cause a reaction right away, or the reaction can be delayed. 

Allergies are the product of an overly reactive immune system. When you breathe, airborne mold spores enter your body. Your immune system responds to  them as foreign invaders and fights them by producing antibodies. Then, your body over produces histamines and other chemicals. This leads to a cascade of responses that can sometimes be so severe (respiratory distress, anaphylaxis) that medical attention is required.

If you, or someone you love suffers from leaf mold allergies, avoidance is an important strategy. Limit time outdoors during late autumn. Keep windows closed in your home and car. If possible, find someone else to rake your leaves.  Additionally, if you are struggling with respiratory allergies, an air cleaner can create respite for your immune system. By placing a HEPA air cleaner in your bedroom, your immune system gets a break from the irritant.

It’s common that if you suffer from one respiratory allergy, like leaf mold, you are significantly more prone to be sensitive to other allergens, such as tree pollen, hay fever, pet dander or dust mites.

Air cleaners can play an important role in helping to manage airborne allergies. Here is why –

  • Medical grade HEPA media removes mold spores, pet dander and dust mites from the air and gives your immune system rest.
  • By removing the cause of the allergic response, you can prevent the allergic reaction from occuring.
  • Activated charcoal carbon filters can remove mycotoxins and other chemical irritants from the air.
  • A premium quality air cleaner gives your immune system respite. It helps to create an environment where allergens have been minimized and your immune system has the opportunity to recover and rebuild.

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