Are You Sneezing This Season?
Most folks don’t spend a whole lot of time pondering mold. When they do, they usually think of it either as a sign of old age of food, minimize it as discolouration or as an eyesore on bathroom fixtures.
Throughout Saskatchewan & Alberta with all the roof leaks, pipe breaks, seepage, stucco leakage, flooding and moisture we incur on a regular basis, mold is bidding to become a major topic of conversation.
If your eyes have been watering, if your nose has been running or if your chest has been getting congested, you may already be aware that there is more to mold than meets the eye. Mold, and more to the point mold spores, are kicking off what might be a particularly bad allergy season.
By its agricultural nature, Saskatchewan & Alberta are prone to significant quantities of mold and aflatoxins. Every time a leaf or piece of produce lands on the ground, mold collects on the biodegradable item and eats it up. Add to that even the slightest amount of moisture and mold spore counts skyrocket as colonies flourish.
That’s just the outdoor mold. Moisture (and the occasional roof or wall leak) can cause an increase in indoor mold as well.
Mold allergy symptoms are the same as those of typical hay fever–with a possibility of sneezing, runny nose, stuffy head, shortness of breath and asthma.
Now, if you happen to survive the mold allergy season, hang tight. You’re not out of the woods–or garden–just yet. Pollen season is just around the bend.
At this point, local allergists aren’t sure what to expect as far as tree, plant and weed pollen goes. One thing they do agree on, however, is that the county is likely to experience a nasty grass pollen season, beginning within the next few weeks and hitting its peak around the end of spring.