Mold Allergy Doctor in NYC
Get Relief from Your Mold Allergy with Sublingual Immunotherapy (Allergy Drops)
It’s estimated that—brace yourself—there are tens of
thousands of different types of fungi, otherwise known as mold. Mold lives
on dead, decaying material and thrives in warm, damp moist places. Think
of your shower and basement. But mold can also thrive outdoors. The main
sources of outdoor mold are the brown patches of dead grass you see during
a hot dry summer, or the decaying leaves of autumn. The spores become
airborne and can be breathed in through your nose and mouth.
How to Know if You Have a Mold Allergy
If you are allergic to mold, you may experience:
- a stuffy nose,
- itchy eyes and skin,
- shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.
Mold spore season begins in the spring, peaks in the summer and plateaus
through the fall. If you have symptoms year round, you should get blood
tested for mold, as well as other indoor allergies like dust and
pet dander. Usually we can test for a panel of potential indoor and outdoor allergens
in your environment.
Allergy drops have been successful in reducing symptoms with many patients.
Mold Allergy Relief
The major indoor mold allergens are Aspergillus and Penicillium (this is
not the same as the medicine penicillin, which also comes from mold).
Your goal is to remove mold in your house and to try to prevent moisture
from building up.
Outdoor molds can cause asthma and severe eye and nose irritation. Alternaria
and Cladysporium are the two most common outdoor molds. They tend to be
highest when the humidity soars, or in the fall when the decaying leaves
on the ground spew them into the air.
What You Can Do:
- To remove existing mold inside your home, clean surfaces with detergent
and water, or if necessary, use a fungicide that contains 5 to 10 percent
bleach. Use no more than 1 cup of bleach per gallon of water (never mix
bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners because this will produce
- If mold covers an area more than 10 square feet, consider hiring an indoor
- To control humidity, use dehumidifiers during summer months, or whenever
it’s humid and try to air out bathrooms and showers.
- If you do have flooding, remove or replace soaked carpets and upholstery.
It’s best not to have carpets in the basement.
- Have your air conditioning system checked for trapped moisture which can
How We Can Help You Get Relief from Mold Allergies
Use allergy drops, which can be taken to build up immunity to mold and
give needed relief. At Mitchell Medical Group, we have a
unique 3-step approach to treating mold allergies that has proven successful in even the worst allergy cases.
Our approach looks at your diet, lifestyle, medical history and current
medications. We often find that one or more of these factors cause your
allergy. Once we find out what it is, we get to work making you better.
Unlike other allergists, we don't just give you a pill and send you
home. You leave with an action plan in your very first visit.
Call our Mahattan office (212) 397-0157 or Long Island office (516) 678-9600
to schedule your new patient appointment.