Cladosporium herbarum (Mold)

Mold allergy, particularly to Cladosporium herbarum, is a common allergic reaction to the spores of this widespread mold. Cladosporium herbarum can be found both indoors and outdoors, often in damp areas. People sensitive to mold spores may experience allergic symptoms when exposed to this mold....

Cladosporium herbarum (Mold)

What are symptoms of mold (Cladosporium herbarum) allergy?

  • Sneezing and runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy, red, or watery eyes
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Itchy throat or nose
  • Skin rash or irritation
  • In asthmatics, worsening of asthma symptoms, including difficulty breathing

What foods cross-react with mold (Cladosporium herbarum) allergy?

Individuals allergic to Cladosporium herbarum might also react to other molds or fungi, as there can be cross-reactivity among different types. However, specific cross-reactivity patterns can vary from person to person.

When should I consider getting a mold (Cladosporium herbarum) allergy test?

  • If you experience typical mold allergy symptoms, especially in damp environments or during seasons when mold spore counts are high.
  • If you have persistent respiratory symptoms that worsen in certain environments, such as basements or bathrooms where mold growth is common.
  • If you have asthma and notice that your symptoms are triggered in mold-prone areas.

How do I reduce my mold (Cladosporium herbarum) allergy symptoms?

  • Control humidity levels in your home, ideally keeping them below 50% to inhibit mold growth.
  • Use a dehumidifier in damp areas of your home, like basements.
  • Fix leaks and reduce moisture in areas prone to mold growth.
  • Clean mold-prone areas regularly with mold-killing products.
  • Avoid outdoor activities when mold counts are high.
  • Use HEPA filters in your home’s HVAC system to trap mold spores.
  • For allergic reactions, over-the-counter antihistamines or nasal sprays may help manage symptoms.
  • In cases of severe or persistent symptoms, consult an allergist for specific treatment recommendations, which may include allergy shots (immunotherapy).

Test(s) that measure/test for Cladosporium herbarum (Mold)

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