Mold Allergy

Mold Allergy - Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment in Brooklyn

Mold is a much too common issue that millions of Americans face every day; however, some of us may not even be aware we are living alongside it. It's truly a tricky pest. It spreads easily, hides from you, and can be very difficult to eliminate. You may try and clean your home as much as possible, but mold could be growing behind your walls without you suspecting it.

If left untreated, a mold allergy can quickly cause long-term damage. Too many homeowners do not recognize mold exposure as fast as they should.

Mold in Brooklyn homes

Unfortunately, in New York, there is no state standard or recommended mold testing for homes. Landlords are not required to disclose mold concentrations in their properties. There is no federal law covering their responsibilities. Although landlords are required to keep homes free of mold when tenants have asthma, there is not enough in place to ensure that all Brooklyn residents are safe from it.

Brooklyn residents are not safe from mold, whether they're relying on their landlords or they're a homeowner. Many of these homes in Brooklyn are very old, making it easier for mold to make its way through. Any kind of water damage, even a small leak, can help the growth of mold in just 24 to 48 hours. With over 45 million homes in the nation having unhealthy levels of this fungi, it's important to take moldy matters into the hands of a professional.

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How to know if you have a mold allergy

Mold can cause a variety of symptoms that may lead you to believe that you just have a persistent cold. Symptoms of mold allergy can include:

  • Dry skin
  • Itchy eyes, throat, and/or nose
  • Postnasal drip
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Sneezing

When your body reacts to mold, it's not only about you feeling miserable at that moment... Consider that it can lead to long-term consequences. Some molds have even been known to cause cancer and death if left untreated. If you are experiencing these symptoms, including watery eyes and wheezing, consult with your physician. Your doctor will complete a medical history, conduct a physical exam, and perform blood and allergy skin tests.

Risk factors for mold allergy

While anyone can develop a mold allergy, some factors can worsen your symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic, some risk factors include:

  • Having a family history of allergies
  • Having respiratory issues, like asthma
  • Working in an occupation that exposes you to mold on a daily
  • Living in a building that retains excessive moisture due to poor infrastructure
  • Living in a home with high humidity and poor ventilation. This traps moisture indoors and provides the perfect breeding ground for mold

Remember that mold can grow virtually anywhere - our experts at FDP Mold Remediation of Brooklyn will help ensure that there are no risk factors for mold in your home.

What time of year are mold allergies the worst in Brooklyn?

While it may be difficult to distinguish between mold allergy and common cold symptoms, you should know there is one telltale sign: a mold allergy can last all year. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, many different factors affect when mold allergies may be worse:

  • Time of day - Mold spore counts tend to be highest in the mornings, between 5 AM and 10 AM.
  • Weather - Mold likes to come out when humidity is high. They seek moist areas where little air can get through.
  • Region/Climate - Although we experience harsh winters in Brooklyn, our summers are very humid and wet. Mold in Brooklyn may be experienced most from May to August.
  • Season - Springtime and summertime are the best times for mold and the worst times for you.

These are all environmental factors, though. In-house mold activity can be a problem at any time of the year.

How to remove mold from your Brooklyn home

In-house mold is never truly just a problem at home: it goes with you everywhere. It affects you at work, when you're going out with family and friends, and when traveling. Your mold allergy symptoms don't just disappear when you step foot out that door. Even if you provide regular maintenance, you'll need one of our experts to rid the home of the problem once and for all.

At FDP Mold Remediation, we see much more than the mold that's visible to the eye.

  • We see how mold can upset the peace that a home once had.
  • We see how family members may be scared to even enter their own homes.
  • We see those expensive medical bills that continue to build up.

If you're suffering from mold in Brooklyn, call FDP Mold Remediation right away at 347-621-7141. You can also fill out our contact form to submit photos and more details about your home mold issue - we'll reach back out to you at your convenience.

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