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Cladosporium is a common form of mold that can cause health effects such as asthma and allergies. In rare instances, it can trigger infections. Generally, take note that most species are not dangerous to humans.

Am I allergic?

Generally, exposure to Cladosporium can affect an individual in various ways. Some might develop an allergic reaction.

Furthermore, the signs of an allergic reaction tend to vary. Some might have symptoms all year or only during specific months. In addition, the symptoms are worse in damp areas or in sites where there is a high concentration of mold.

The usual signs of an allergic reaction might include:

  • At first, sneezing occurs
  • Dry skin
  • Coughing
    The symptoms are worse in damp areas or in sites where there is a high concentration of mold.
  • Runny or stuffed nose
  • Postnasal drip
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy eyes, nose and throat

Management of an allergic reaction to Cladosporium

Consult a doctor for suitable treatment options for an allergic reaction to mold. Limit exposure to mold and see a doctor if the symptoms continue to worsen.

Furthermore, any leaks must be fixed to prevent the buildup of water and ensure proper ventilation in kitchens and bathrooms. Use a dehumidifier in areas prone to moisture such as basements.

An over-the-counter allergy medication might be suggested by the doctor or prescribe drugs if these variants fail to work. In addition, some of the drugs that the doctor might suggest includes:

  • Antihistamines
  • Nasal corticosteroids
  • Oral decongestants
  • Decongestant nasal sprays
  • Other anti-allergy medications such as montelukast

Consequently, other treatment options might include nasal rinses as well as immunotherapy.


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